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By Grace Song,  student at the University of Illinois

From family gatherings to cocktail parties, alcohol is the one drink that is always present. There are various effects of drinking alcohol, including an increase in mood and reduced inhibition as well as being a notorious staple at many different social events. Although drinking in moderation is acceptable, prolonged overconsumption of alcohol can lead to increased risk factors for many health conditions, including cancer, cardiovascular disease, and liver disease. During the holiday season being mindful of how much you drink is crucial. One way to ensure safe drinking is to drink mocktails instead.

Mocktails are non-alcoholic beverages that aim to mimic cocktails. Except for alcohol, most mocktails contain the same non-alcoholic ingredients used in regular cocktails, making the taste of mocktails almost identical to their alcoholic counterpart. Most are made with different combinations of fruit juices, sodas, flavored syrups, or iced teas.

Research has shown that overconsumption of alcohol tends to be greater on weekends and during winter holidays.  Modern mocktails can still provide inclusion and sophistication while at an event but allow one to be mindful of overconsumption during the holiday season.


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