Louis Theroux drinking to oblivion

Many of you will have seen by now that BBC 2 aired the fantastic Drinking to Oblivion documentary on Sunday. Louis Theroux cast his unique film-making style over the subject of alcohol addiction, and invited us into the world of patients being treated at King’s College Hospital. Thought provoking, shocking, and at times uncomfortable to…

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Thor soft drinks

A common complaint we hear all the time is that most soft drinks are just too sweet for an adult taste. So it’s great to come across a new brand that comes with less sugar, and new interesting flavours. THOR soft drinks come in three lightly sparkling apple based flavours. The name, by the way,…

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Fingers street art

To start with I want you to know that when I say ‘we’ I mean all of us at Club Soda. You may not have noticed, but we don’t say good luck often. I thought I would share why we have made a conscious decision not to use those two words, and how you can…

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End of Longing play

Saturday saw the first of our monthly brunches, followed by a theatre trip to see End of Longing. After a year of trying out drinks in pubs across the country and evening events (including beer tastings) we have settled on Saturday lunches as a format to try out next. Sam, a member who organises some…

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Low and no alcohol beers

Shopping for low and no-alcohol drinks in Morrisons We were pleasantly surprised by the choice of low and no alcohol drinks in Morrisons supermarket (we went to our local big store in Stratford) – and they even put these drinks in places where you can find them! As you know our #NannyStateWarrior has been getting…

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Fooled by the drinks industry

Are we being fooled by the drinks industry? To be an informed consumer of any product, we need to understand how that product is marketed to us. Our whole culture around alcohol, and our individual drinking habits are shaped by advertising. To change our personal behaviours, it helps to understand what impact advertising may have…

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Railway Tavern pub

Changing pubs and bars For the last nine months, Club Soda has been working on a little side project with pubs and bars. It all started with an observation we made: many Club Soda members complained that if you don’t want alcohol, there’s never anything to drink in a pub. When we spoke to some…

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Nanny State Warrior

Where to find non-alcoholic beers on supermarket shelves? Club Soda member Jo, our self-confessed ‘Nanny State Warrior’, has been doing battle with Tesco about the positioning of non-alcoholic beer on shop shelves! Nanny State and other alcohol-free beers seem to be intermingled amongst the mass-market beers with alcohol, and are often not easy to find  – plus…

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sugar and calories in alcohol and non-alcoholic drinks

It is funny how the mind works. You can drink bottle after bottle of beer, or glass after glass of wine – and then, if you decide to take a break or have a night off, you can get  very preoccupied about the sugar content of the alternatives. In our minds they feel worse for…

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Seedlip review

Seedlip is described as the world’s first distilled non-alcoholic spirit to solve the “what-to-drink-when-you-are-not-drinking” dilemma, and fundamentally change the way we drink. It is sugar and sweetener free, with only 0.2 calories per 50ml – which is like none! Victoria Stewart in The Evening Standard described it like this: “ So this is not a…

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