How to do sober January in Denver
Denver's boozy culture takes a break this month.
What's happening: Americans increased their alcohol consumption amid the coronavirus pandemic. Now as we enter year three, many are contemplating a reset.
- The popularity of the decade-old "dry January" movement combined with the growing number of alcohol-free zones in Denver, makes it easier than ever to stay sober for the 31-day stretch.
Why it matters: Colorado ranks in the top 10 states for excessive drinking, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data.
- Alcohol disturbs sleep, disrupts diets and can contribute to anxiety and depression, according to Alcohol Change, a British organization that promotes "dry January."
How to participate: You can find Denver's only sober bar in Jefferson Park. Awake serves mocktails, coffee and sells non-alcoholic beverages to-go.
- Grüvi is a Denver-based alcohol-free wine and beer maker that is easy to find on shelves.
- Kavasutra Kava Bar counts three locations in Colorado where it serves its alcohol-alternative beverages.
- Sober Safe, an events company, often hosts "sober sections" at Avalanche, Nuggets and University of Denver hockey games.
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