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The rise of the sober dance scene

omkara Healthy Life

Why more people are partying clean.

The last few years have seen a huge increase in alcohol and drug free dance parties, where health-conscious dance lovers can come together for a clubbing experience without the health and social risks of toxic substances.

Rather than a tequila shot or vodka and soda, partygoers are fuelling on wellness enhancing beverages such as natural elixirs and good old fashioned water to stay hydrated as they dance the night away.

The Australian culture has long been to have a beer after a day of hard work or enjoy celebrations with champagne and drinking more than 5 drinks on a night out is seen as socially acceptable. However, with the surge of the wellness trend over the last ten years, more and more people are skipping the booze for a healthier alternative.

So why is this?  Alcohol is a depressant drug, which means it slows down the messages traveling between the brain and the body, it is a toxin that makes you more dehydrated despite the drinking and makes blood vessels in your body and brain expand (hence the headaches). Alcohol is a toxin that affects almost every cell in your body and the toxicity of alcohol is worsened even further once consumed because in order for it to be cleared from the body it has to be metabolised by your liver into acetaldehyde, an even more toxic substance. And because your liver works so hard to process alcohol, it can’t release enough sugar into your blood, bringing on weakness, shakes and carbohydrate cravings that many people experience when hungover.

Disturbed sleep is one of the other effects of alcohol, not only does it reduce rapid eye movement (REM) sleep, which is the mentally restorative type of sleep, but it also increases cortisol which is a stress hormone. Our body will naturally start to release a little bit of cortisol gradually around 2am to help wake us up, but with the influx of alcohol, this cortisol level is much higher, so you’ll wake up with the increased release and not be able to sleep. In Traditional Chinese Medicine the liver is in power-cleansing mode from 1 to 3am  so if you’ve gone to bed on too many martinis your liver will wake you up during these hours, most likely dehydrated and stressed.

For many people its making more sense to pose the question of why drink in the first place? The answer is our social habits. People love to feel connected, to dance, communicate and celebrate and until recently, most of these things revolve around alcohol (even sometimes breakfast dates, hello bloody mary!) As well as the health perspective, drinking can also get expensive, so by impulsively buying rounds of cocktails on a night out, you are also compromising your financial goals and thwarting future plans.

But there is a non-alcohol movement that is sweeping the globe, from the one-year-no-beer challenge that promotes healthier lifestyle choices to the rise of sober dance parties and events such as Buddha Bar and Day Breaker.

BuddahBar describes their events as a conscious nightclub experience, offering a healthy, conscious and evolved party culture for all to enjoy. Day Breaker is a global community that runs events in the mornings to ‘start your day with energy and intention.’ The One Year No Beer challenge will support you in their community to help you become the most productive, present and healthiest version of yourself by just making one change.

These events and initiatives are designed for people to enjoy life without regrets, to feel more alive and invigorated instead of waking up with a sore head and blurred memories. Imagine having a night out with your friends, where you danced, met new people, laughed, enjoyed the atmosphere and didn’t wake up with a sore head the next day or feel guilty for last nights burrito. Instead of a lazy sleep in and pizza for breakfast you might have a smoothie and make it to your yoga class or go for a walk or actually do all of the fun things you imaged doing on your time off..

This movement of sobriety and health is really about enhancing lives, teaching us how to have fun and connect again, without using alcohol as a social crutch. If you’ve toyed with the idea of giving up drugs and alcohol, then maybe now is the time to try something new. Do some research and find ways to stay connected with your community, enjoying social hang outs, dance parties and festivals with a focus upon transformational workshops, healing, speakers, panels & experiences offering conscious content & evolutionary experiences. It’s all out there if you look for it.

The Herbal High Companies Top 5 Herbal Elixirs to Party On

  1. Fully Charged (Cacao, Siberian ginseng, hazelnut, vanilla)
    Great for: Dancing, pre-workouts, social interactions, long-lasting energy & stamina, creativity
  1. Love Bubble (Piper Methysticum, Cinnamon, Passionflower, Avena Sativa)
    Great for: Immediate relief of Anxiety/Stress, muscle relaxant, relieving insomnia, aphrodisiac 
  1. Aphroditea (Damiana, Ashwaganda, Muira Puama, Licorice, Siberian ginseng, Maca, Tribulus, Gingko Biloba, Horny goat weed, Mucuna, vanilla)
    Great for: Feeling sexy (powerful aphrodisiac!), stimulated but balanced, relaxed and sensual, uplifting 
  1. Summertime (Yerbamaté, Damiana, Guarana, Mucuna )
    Clean and calm release of stimulants; Increases memory, focus and alertness; non-addictive
  2. Jungle Juice (Guayusa)
    Powerful Antioxidant, weight loss, aids in digestion, immune-system booster, awakening