Lentil on the Rocks is a new ‘bar’ selling non-alcoholic drinks. It may be a good idea for some but overall the concept is missing the point if the idea is to be getting away from a drinking mentality. Instead it’s similar by both being based on how people socialize in an alcohol environment. Problem is that the people who use alcohol regularly as a social lubricant will not benefit by being in a similar pretend to be drinking alcohol, environment like this.
Usually people who drink alcohol regularly do so for the effect. They are the heavy drinkers. Facts are that heavy drinkers incorporate a larger percentage of regular alcohol users.
Doesn’t everyone drink alcohol for the effect? I know primary alcoholics do and they are the ones who will end up attending AA meetings. If they live long enough to get there, that is.
AA members often ask, why drink alcohol if not for the effect?
Allergy To Alcohol
The taste of alcohol is woeful. That is unless it’s Baileys or Tia, or something sweet – or an expensive scotch may have a pleasing taste. So does chocolate and it’s safe from a devastating mood changing effect that results when people have ab allergy to alcohol and don’t know until it’s too late.
Maybe I have missed the point here. Mocktails could be a good idea for socializing and maybe the idea will take off. I hope it does. It’s certainly better then drinking alcohol. We would like nothing better than to see kids not wiping themselves out while under the delusion that they are having a good time.
If I’m missed something here then please let me know. Until then I will keep asking, what is the point in pretending to be drinking alcohol when you are not?
We are also strongly advising AA members to stay away from the mocktail environment. It may seem harmless on the surface but unfortunately it’s not for you. Stick with the coffee shops for a safe social environment and drink tea, not coffee, green tea is good. Alcoholics should not drink coffee, especially in early sobriety. It’s a proven fact.
Drinking alcohol can be a lifestyle choice for people who are not allergic to it and similarly the idea of not drinking alcohol is also a lifestyle choice. Don’t mix the two if wanting to achieve sobriety. Remember there’s no need to be in a drinking alcohol environment if not drinking alcohol. It could only serve to whet an appetite for alcohol.
For example, someone who is a heavy drinker and is wanting to give up alcohol due to problems associated with alcohol will not survive long in a mocktail environment. Simply because there’s no room for a change of thinking away from the drinking mentality.
Instead it’s a deadly environment and especially for someone who may be attending AA or someone who is thinking about attending AA to receive help with a drinking problem. Staying sober is not possible while socializing at cocktail or mocktail bars. Simply because the thinking is not changing to a sober way of thinking. It’s not changing the mentality to a non-drinking mentality. Attending AA meetings will serve this purpose.
I hope mocktails are healthy drinks and that they don’t contain large amounts of sugar. I hope also that they are not dressed up to look like an alcoholic drink but I strongly suspect that they are. Has anyone done the research on this? I hope not. Also a point is that by not putting them in cocktail glasses could help to make it a unique idea. Serving mocktails in jam jars or water glasses is a better idea then serving them in cocktail glasses.
A sober way to think is to instead have a nice green tea in a coffee shop rather then a mocktail in a place that resembles a pub environment.
Such a suggestion will possibly infuriate some readers and cause their blood to boil. If so they are not sober and they do not understand where I am coming from on this stand. Possibly also they do not know how to avoid problems that do come with not being able to stay sober for any length of time.
I hope most readers do understand this and will be able to leave a positive comment.