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Thursday, December 8, 2011

Get The MockTail Buzz!

Alcohol-Free Drinks- More Inclusive Safer Holiday Season Choices!

When it comes to staying safe this holiday season, area residents may want to raise a glass to a refreshing party drink that provides non-alcoholic cheer. Mocktails alcohol-free drinks can be perfect party beverages for designated drivers, pregnant women,
breastfeeding mothers, families, and anyone looking for an alcohol-free drink

Check out this video and the tips below to help you have a healthier,happier, holiday.

'Mocktails are easy to make. and can be a great alternative to the usual offerings of pop and juice,'.says Laura Danilko, a Registered Dietitian with the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit,adding,'There are many benefits to including mocktails in your holiday celebrations.'

Expecting? Enjoy Mocktails With Your Unborn Child

For women who are trying to have a baby, pregnant or breastfeeding, health and the safety of the baby are the main reasons to opt for mocktails at a special occasion.

'There is no safe time, no safe amount and no safe type of alcohol to drink during pregnancy,' warns Danilko,adding 'Drinking any alcohol during pregnancy can cause permanent birth defects and brain damage to the baby.'

Sharing Mocktails With Children –Set an Early Pattern

According to Danilko, serving mocktails at a party can also be a good way to show children that alcohol does not have to be present at a celebration to have fun. Making mocktails with children, and then sharing the drinks with them during a celebration, can also make youngsters feel more included in the holiday festivities, she adds.

Share Mocktails with Friends-Show You Care

Mocktails are also a good option for people who are hosting a holiday party.

'Serving mocktails to guests can help to prevent over-drinking and other drinking-related problems that could lead to serious injuries.'Danilko
says,adding 'There are many mocktail varieties to suit every taste, and they can even be served up with sliced fruits and in fancy cups or glasses to enhance their party-feel.'

For more on mocktails and a list of recipes, call the Health Unit at 1-866-888-4577 or visit

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