The best low alcohol and non-alcoholic drinks for Dry January

Because driving and alcohol should never mix, we've found the best non-alcoholic drinks you and enjoy without needing to rely on a taxi.

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by Ryan Gilmore |

Never drink and drive, simple as. Not only are the legal ramifications incredibly damning should you be stopped by a police officer, but driving under the influence puts you and others in incredible danger.

Currently, the rules for the drink driving alcohol limit for drivers is 35 micrograms per 100 millilitres of breath for England, Wales and Northern Ireland. In Scotland, it’s 22mg per 100ml of breath.

And while metabolism, temperature and a whole host of other factors will affect the potency of alcohol, it's for the best that if you're driving, simply don't drink.

There are other benefits to going alcohol-free too, which is why low- and no-alcohol options are becoming more and more popular. No more nasty hangovers will be welcome for a start, same with the obvious health boost from cutting down on alcohol.

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There's a massive array of beverages available now that are either alcohol-free or have a really low alcohol rating (usually 0.5% or less) which means you'll be able to enjoy the taste of your favourite tipple without risking your driving licence.

The best low and non-alcoholic drinks

BEER HAWK Alcohol-Free Mixed Case of 12 Craft Beers

The best non-alcoholic beer
BEER HAWK Alcohol Free Mixed Case of 12 Craft Beers
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Beer is an obvious go-to drink as a form of social lubricant and thanks to the explosion in non-alcoholic options, you can now crack open a cold one without the need to get drunk. This 12-pack contains a mixture of non-alcoholic beers from a variety of brands, perfect for finding a new favourite or simply enjoying some variety. The strongest example has just a 0.5% alcohol content.

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Krombacher 0% Pils

Krombacher 0% Pils

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Light and refreshing with a pleasant lack of fizz, this Krombacher Pils is a great drink regardless of whether you're looking for something alcohol-free or not. Its easy-drinking flavour had us dreaming of summer barbecues or a trip to the beach with an esky-fridge full of cold ones. Not bad during a bleak British January.

Eisberg Sparkling White

The best non-alcoholic wine
Eisberg Sparkling White

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Wine is another top social drink and there's an excellent selection of non-alcoholic wines now available. This is a quality sparkling white wine that's guaranteed to taste just as good, albeit without the hangover. It's no cheap bottle of plonk or mere grape juice either, this is a proper bottle of sparkling wine that's had the alcohol removed via the power of science.

CleanCo Clean T Non-Alcoholic Tequila Alternative

The best non-alcoholic tequila
CleanCo Clean T Non Alcoholic Tequila Alternative
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It's not just beers and wine that can now be found without alcohol in them these days, there is a bulging market of alcohol-free spirits available, including the amusingly named 'Tequila Alternative'. With an alcoholic content of less than 0.5%, this tequila won't cause a hangover. It's also designed to be healthy with no added sugar, sweeteners and the fact it's both gluten and lactose-free. And if tequila isn't to your taste, there are other non-alcoholic spirits available from CleanCo, including rum, vodka and gin.

Sipsmith FreeGlider

The best non-alcoholic gin
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Gin has been going through a bit of a Renaissance in recent years. No longer is it the London Dry your grandad would have enjoyed, nowadays gins are available in a range of colourful flavours and can even be made with no alcohol, just like this one. It has notes of citrus, eucalyptus and juniper and will allow you to enjoy a nice gin and tonic, all while being able to drive afterwards.

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Square Root - Non Alcoholic Mojito

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Square Root - Non Alcoholic Mojito
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Pre-mixed cocktails are an easy way to enjoy a cocktail without paying the (sometimes) exorbitant prices a bartender will charge. These pre-mixed mojitos have the same sweet, minty taste without the addition of rum.

Eisberg Merlot 0.0% (Case of Six 75cl)

Best alcohol-free red wine
Eisberg Merlot 0.0% (Case of Six 75cl)
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The perfect pairing for a Medditarianian dinner, this Merlot has had the alcohol removed but retains the fruity taste. With hints of strawberries and spice, it also makes the perfect gift.

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