Drink Free Days – your ultimate guide

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5th February 2021

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Having at least three drink-free days every week will give your body a break from alcohol and help you stick to the low-risk guidelines (14 units a week) to keep your health risks low. 

But the week is looking pretty long, and itunderstandable to feel a little at a loss for inspiration when it comes to what to do with your drink-free days.    

We understand, and that is why we have put together this guide, full of unique ideas to inspire you on your drink-free days 

This page is updated regularly so, remember to keep it saved on your browser.  

Free ideas

Ideas that don’t cost a penny. 

Snap some pictures

Take a tour of your local area and challenge yourself to photograph the best sights on your phone. Create your own gallery or swap galleries with friends to get to know each other’s areasThe artier the better!  

Take an online tour

Museums, cities, art galleries  there are many free tours to choose from all over the worldWith a few clicks through a search engine, you can see inspiring exhibitions and destinations – even take train journeys – from your living room. 

Put together a collage or vision board

Vision boards and collages are a great way to get creative because they can be about anything you likeGrab a pile of old newspapers or magazines and start snipping pictures and words that inspire you. It could be about what you want to achieve in the next five years, or you could even plan your next holiday.  

Catch a sunset 

Find a spot in your area where you can catch a good view of the sun setting  take a warm flask of hot chocolate and soak in the peace and the beauty. 

Solo ideas

Ideas for when it’s just you. 

Download the couch to 5K app  

There is no need to set impossible goals when it comes to exercise. Making a start with ‘couch to 5k’ is a great step towards moving moreIf you’re looking to challenge yourself a bit morewhy not create yourself a four-week plan and watch your progress? 

Pen your life story  

Everyone is said to have a book in them, why not attempt yours? You don’t need to be confined to words – your book could be a series of audio clips you record, a gallery of photos, interviews with your friends and family or even drawings, doodles or emojisStart by noting your memorable chapters and go from there! 

Learn something new

Yes you could learn a new language ready for your dream holidaybut how about other pursuits like learning to code, to tap dance, create origami masterpieces or cross-stich picturesDo it three times a week and think of what you could achieve! 

Join an online book club

Diving into a new book every month – audio or printed  even if its not a book you would normally choose, can be enriching.  

Ideas with a partner  

Ideas that are great for two  

Dress up for your night in 

There’s something special about dressing up for each other, whether in your favourite outfit with your best jewellery or donning a bit of fancy dress (80s night anyone?)What’s more, if you’re a couple, going alcohol-free is especially helpful in the bedroom afterwards. 

Say it with food  

If an evening of takeaway and a film has lost its charm on date night, how about planning a menu that is out of your comfort zone and splitting the cooking?  

Mocktail master class 

Challenge each other to come up with your most inventive alcohol-free cocktail. It could end up being your drink of choice! 

Go screen-less  

Make a commitment to go screenless for the eveningHow about digging out a big jigsaw puzzle or a board game? Or creating each other a playlist of your favourite songs from your teenage yearsLight up your living room with candles and tell each other ghost stories? Trust us, times flies with lots of smiles when youre not doomscrolling.  

Ideas with kids 

Activities for those who have to factor in their children, big and small  

Recreate a film  

Using paper, colouring pencils, kitchen foil, sticky tape, playdough and whatever else you can find in your cupboards, try to recreate films that you love as a family. Whether youre making the living room look like Hogwarts or Elsa’s palace, let your imagination take you away.  

Experiment with experiments 

Trying out simple science experiments, like creating crystals using salt or making lava lamps at home is a brilliant way to engage children, and they can keep you entertained as well. CBeebies has great ideas on its website while the Science Museum has some great resources too.  

Make dens

Make an indoor den using blankets, sheets and cushions or see if you can transform a whole room into a giant den with paper chains and fairy lights. You could use your den as space to watch a film or camp out for the night.  

Household treasure hunt 

Draw a map and then hide various items around the house and get your little ones, (or not-so little ones), to hunt them down. You could even get the kids to draw the map and write a set of the clues for you.  

Ideas for virtual groups or households 

Ideal for pals onlinehouse shareshouseholds and bubbles. 

Virtual escape room  

Whether you prefer them to be completely online or clues you have to print out, solving a puzzle with a group is a great mind-bending activity.  

Ready steady cook!  

Each person sends another person in your group some ingredients in the post for a cooking challenge (make it extra spicy by not allowing them to open until you are all on your group call and ready to cook!)Give yourselves 30 minutes to cook something with those ingredients and whatever you have in your kitchen! (Remember, don’t send anything that needs refrigeration  instead, how about a food colouring or spice mix?) 

Create your own cinema experience 

Set a theme, pick a film, and dress the part. If you’re socially distanced and miles apart, we recommend clicking play at the same time so you can enjoy the experience together, even if you’re not in the same roomYou could even all have the same signature alcohol-free drink to complement your evening.  

Host a skill share  

Each person takes some time to come up with something that they would like to teach the others about. Whether it be knitting, drawing or the art of stand-up comedy, we all have something that we can teach our friends. 

Ideas for cold weather  

Stay entertained even when the weather is chilly. 

Get sketching  

Sketching exercises can be soothing for the mindGetting lost in time filling a page with different shapes or drawings of your plants, practising with different coloured pens or pencils or using materials like chalk, can expand your creativity and is excellent for mindfulness. And the bonus is you won’t get marked! 

Pick a crafty ‘how to’  

It could be building a set of shelves, a desk tidy, a cushion, a scarf. YouTube is stuffed full of how to videos for all levels of creativity 

Start an indoor garden 

There are several herbs and small plants that can grow happily inside by a window. Get some seeds, soil, and mugs you don’t mind using for planting. You could even buy some plain mugs or pots and decorate them yourself.  

Volunteer

Use your time to collect clothes, toys, or shoes for donation to charityOr join a volunteering group or service in your local area, such as a helpline or a food bank

If you have any ideas that you would like to add to our Drink Free Days guide please send us an email, we would love to hear from you.