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Tips to Stop Drinking Alcohol for One Month with Ablis CBD

By Parker Moessner

As we enter the new year, many people are making new year’s resolutions for a healthier lifestyle—like taking a hiatus from drinking. Of course, you probably aren’t planning to quit drinking forever, but a “dry month” can offer several enticing benefits…and don’t worry, there are alcohol alternatives you can use to help you through. 

Keep reading for tips and ideas on how to stop drinking alcohol for one month (or more!). 

What is Dry January or a Dry Month? 

This is when you choose to remove alcohol from your life for a month, whether you have a drink around the house once a week or drink every day. It’s an opportunity to change your relationship with alcohol; A short-term commitment that’s a bit less daunting and easier to accomplish. 

What are the Benefits? 

Alcohol can be great in small quantities, but many times we can find ourselves caught in a cycle of binge-drinking. 

Of course, drinking too frequently can cause damage to your liver and can impact your sleep schedule or the day after you drink (hello, hangover). If you aren’t careful, it’s easy for drinking to begin controlling your life and become addictive. 

You may notice that after you quit drinking, not only will your sleeping habits improve…your skin can clear up, your emotions can become more stable. These are just a few of the benefits that can occur when you stop drinking. 

After you quit drinking for a month, you may also find that you lose a few pounds or plateau at a healthier weight. There’s also a high chance that cutting down your alcohol intake will help with your mental health, easing anxiety, lightening depression, and helping with your overall mental disposition. 

Taking a break from drinks can help reduce cardiovascular risk, and increase your ability to remember certain things, as well as your ability to think quickly and solve problems on the spot. 

If you’re considering taking a “dry month”, we’re here to help with a few tips to encourage you to stick with your commitment. 

Tips for Sticking With It 

  1. Find a different activity to fill your time. 

When I want to take my mind off of something, I find that taking part in a new experience can be a huge help. Instead of sitting home and drinking, why not go out and try doing something active? 

I live in Bend, OR, and there are plenty of active things to do around here. I’d suggest picking up cross-country skiing, or, if you’ve never skied before, take a few classes at HooDoo. They even have ski biking classes if you want to try something truly unique. 

The thing is, alcohol makes you feel “good”, so finding a replacement activity should make you feel good afterward, too. Working out always makes me feel accomplished and rewarded, but you might feel this way after painting something new or writing a short story. Whatever it is that makes you feel good and accomplished, replace alcohol with that activity. 

  1. Keep a journal of your experience. 

As you go through your month without drinking, write down how you’re feeling every day. It can be as simple as “I slept really well last night and had more dreams than I’m used to.” 

When you keep a written log of how your month without drinking made you feel, you can look back on your progress throughout the month and potentially throughout the year. Anytime you feel like you might need a dry month, look back at your journal and remember the changes you experienced during this time. 

  1. Use the buddy system. 

Do you have a friend who’s willing to take a dry month with you? It’s always a bit easier to stick with your commitment when you have someone holding you accountable, or if you’re holding someone else accountable. 

Be honest with your buddy. Set up a system that ensures they won’t judge you for mistakes, but they will help you stick with your promise to have a “dry month”. 

One way to add a little fun into the mix is to offer a prize, or a pool of money, for whoever goes without drinking the longest (or whoever has the least amount of drinks the whole month). Even if it’s a little prize, like a six-pack of their favorite beer, having a prize at the end of the month can make it easier to stay strong and avoid drinking in order to “beat” your buddy and win the prize…even if it’s just bragging rights. 

  1. Choose a few alcohol alternatives. 

If you’re used to drinking frequently, it’s helpful to find something else tasty to sip on during your month-long break from alcohol. Ablis CBD has incredibly tasty beverages that can help you unwind and find your zen after a long day. 

Ablis Beverages — Often find yourself reaching for a cocktail? Try Ablis CBD cranberry blood orange water, lemon water, or a strawberry mojito shot. Discover all Ablis’ beverage options HERE

Ablis MCT Oil Options —If none of these options sound appealing to you, don’t worry. We have MCT Oil that you can add to smoothies, tea, or coffee! Check it out HERE

  1. Remember that if you slip up, it isn’t the end. 

The hardest part of taking a dry month is not giving up on your commitment. Even if you decide to take a Dry Month hiatus and enjoy a drink, don’t let it be an excuse to give up on the whole month. 

It sounds silly, but have your drink, and think of the Chumbawumba song Tubthumper. “I get knocked down, but I get up again”. ROCK that song, and remind yourself why you’ve decided to take your dry month. 

Get back up, and continue on your journey with a dry month. 

Signs That You’re Ready for a “Dry Month”

It may feel normal to drink frequently throughout the week, but if you’re drinking every day or even more than three times a week, you may want to consider taking a break. 

Again, this break doesn’t have to be forever—but a hiatus from alcohol won’t hurt. In fact, it can help! 

Keep an eye out if you’re the only one reaching for a drink when you’re out with your friends or significant other. If everyone else is passing while you’re craving the buzz, you might need to take a step back and reevaluate your relationship with alcohol.

There’s nothing wrong with enjoying beer, wine, or cocktails. You just want to make sure that it’s not taking over your life! In my opinion, everything in moderation is the best policy. Grab an Ablis CBD drink to curb your craving, or head to the slopes to get your mind off of it. 

However you decide to tackle your dry month…We’re cheering you on at Ablis CBD! 


Happy Little Accidents: The Birth of Our Most Popular Flavor

A Q&A with our founders, Jim and Max Bendis on how they stumbled upon the happiest accident: our cranberry blood orange naturally-infused sparkling beverage with CBD.

What led you to the CBD industry?

Max: For me, it was a passion for cannabis and the industry itself. The excitement of it in Oregon at the time was palpable.

Oregon has always been ahead of the curve in terms of cannabis — and now with CBD as well. It was cool to see my friends starting dispensaries and forming a kind of community. I couldn’t wait to get involved.

Jim: I had a vision for the future that cannabis would be enjoyed socially and become so mainstream that no one felt the need to hide if they smoked or consumed edibles.

I saw CBD as a crucial stepping stone to that future because it’s a dominant reason cannabis can benefit our overall wellness.

CBD aligns with the core values we always envisioned for Ablis.

What inspired you to make this a family business?

Max:  Back in 2016 I had been trying to make some other beverage products. I had a couple of runs making kombucha and started a business with that. But, it kind of fizzled out.

Then, the cannabis industry began to blossom. Cannabis has always been a passion I share with my dad, so it was natural for us to be curious. It started out as just a father-son project that soon became a business.

Jim: I knew I couldn’t do it by myself. Creating a brand new product in a young industry takes dedication and a lot of hard work.

I knew Max had the drive, compassion, and dedication to make this work. Plus, having a family business feels good and keeps us close.

Related: Our Origin Story

How did the cranberry blood orange flavor come about?

Max: The first flavor for the CBD line was actually a chai tea, which has been discontinued for a few years now. The lemon ginger formula was made around that time too, and it has managed to stay popular. But our most popular flavor, cranberry blood orange, that formulation just happened by accident.

We were making small batches of special flavors for a couple of local accounts that sold them in kegs.

We had toyed with the idea of doing a festive, seasonal flavor. I was trying to make a cranberry lime flavor for the holidays, and in small batches, it tasted super good. I made it in the lab and thought I had something perfect for that season’s keg special.

But, then we went to blow it up to the production-sized batch (250 gallons / about 45 kegs) it tasted like tart water. It was just not good. Our growler partners were expecting this flavor ASAP, so I decided to think on my feet and get to work saving the batch.

I went through some of the leftover ingredients around the distillery and added some fruit concentrates and fruit extracts that were leftover from other projects. I think that’s where the blood orange made its way into the batch, which really started getting the flavor profile going.

I think the original batch even had some apple and mixed fruit juice concentrate, but honestly, I can’t remember all the things I threw in there to save the batch. It was a total concoction! I didn’t even keep track of what we were adding. Just eyeballing it and doing everything we could to make it taste good.

Well, it was a hit! When it was gone, everyone wanted more. But, we didn’t write anything down and had no idea what was in the final product. We didn’t even have a name for it, people just kept asking for the cranberry one and when it was going to be back in stock.

So, we had to recreate it. Luckily, Cody helped me a lot. We spent maybe a week in the lab trying out different flavors and juice combinations based on my memories of mixing that day.

We made it as close as we could to the original, but I will admit, it’s not an exact match to that seasonal keg batch. It’s really just a tribute. Instead of using a mix of fruit concentrates, we used an all-natural cranberry juice concentrate and infused it with blood orange extract. It was still pretty tart, so we played with the sugar until it was a perfect balance.

Nobody really knows what the original recipe was. It was just a happy accident, and it turned out to be a pretty popular one.

Jim: Bendistillery, our flagship brand, has always done a lot of experimentation with all-natural flavors and real fruit infusions, whether for Crater Lake Spirits or for private labels clients.

We like to have fun and create tasty products, plus we had the ability to distribute in kegs and let our original retailers and customers sample.

We had great success with the lemon ginger flavor and didn’t have any other flavors in mind.

After Max’s mixture of juices we already had in stock, we put it on the market as a special blend and let people sample. They loved it, of course, and wanted more, but whoops we had not written a formula down.

Thanks to Max and a small group of tasters, we were able to recreate.

We wrote down the recipe this time!

Where do you see Ablis in the future?

Max: I’d like to see the whole CBD industry become massively accepted as an ingredient for food and beverages.

In five years, all these grocery stores will have a whole section of CBD drinks and I’d like to see Ablis right there on top.

Jim: I see Ablis mainstream and nationwide, right on the shelves of your local grocery store, the “green” section, created for those who want an alternative to soda or alcohol.

I see the essentials loved by all who like a more targeted method of CBD usage.

Related: Jim Bendis: My CBD Journey

What does Ablis mean to you?

Max: It means a lot. It’s still a father-son project to me.

It’s still this thing that we created together and a fun project for me. It doesn’t even feel like work half the time.

Like the cranberry blood orange story, everything about Ablis has been like that; fun little projects that have turned into big things.

Now, it’s just about growing our brand, getting CBD beverages out there, and changing the whole industry.

Jim: Ablis was born from the words cannabis and bliss. Ablis means finding bliss from the brands we create.