Mindful Drinking at Festivals

Smiling people at a festival. Text reads make the most of this festival season while being mindful.

It’s festival season! Whether you’re going to Electric Picnic, or something small and local, you can make the most out of it by practicing mindful drinking.

What is mindful drinking?

Mindful drinking is a practice that challenges you to think about what you’re drinking, and why. It gives you space to ask yourself important questions, such as why am I drinking? Do I want this drink? Do I feel pressured to drink? Mindful drinking aims to take your body and mind into account before, during and after any alcohol consumption. By acknowledging how you feel emotionally and physically, you are better equipped to make healthy choices around alcohol.

How to practice mindful drinking at a festival

  1. If you plan to drink, make sure you eat before, during and after. Alcohol has empty calories and high levels of sugar. Eating will not only fuel your body, but gives you the space to think about some of the important questions. Eating provides you with a moment to ask yourself what you are drinking, and why.
  2. Alternate each alcoholic drink with a glass of water. Alcohol can dehydrate you, and if you are outside at a sunny festival, your risk of dehydration can quickly increase. Just like when you take the time to look after your body by eating, drinking water gives you space to reflect on what you have had to drink and why, how it has made you feel and how you want to move forward.
  3. Try some alcohol-free alternatives. There are more alcohol-free options now than ever before. From lager to wine, mocktails to beer, there is something for all tastes. Many events and festivals stock 0% alcohol options. Why not make the switch and notice any changes in how you feel in your mind and body?

However you spend this festival season, make the most of it by practicing mindful drinking and looking after your mind and body. Remember, the choice to drink is yours, and yours alone.