Sober October has a lot of people losing booze

ROANOKE, Va. – It may be a scary season, but some people are looking to lose the booze for Sober October.

Sober October is a movement sweeping the country. It is an opportunity for people to reevaluate their relationship with alcohol.

At Sidecar in downtown Roanoke, they welcome those who choose to ditch the drinks.

“People come in, even at the bar, they sit and have dinner and try to get non-alcoholics because of Sober October. We have a lot of staff doing it right now as well, so it’s becoming very, very prevalent downtown,” Sidecar assistant manager Zac Shifflett said.

In addition to traditional European dishes, their menu also has a soft drink section. They have options like “Salt Bae”, “Mixed Berry Burro” and a fan favorite, their signature, “Sidecar Zero”.

“We had a lot of people who came and asked to start when we first opened up options, non-alcoholic wines, cocktails, anything like that, just to be inclusive with their friends and their family and not feel like they’re really being left out,” added Shifflett.

Experts have said that a month of sobriety can improve both your physical and mental health.

“A lack of hangovers, a lack of fog, really opens things up for people and maybe even encourages them to explore different outlets that can improve their mental health, like going to the gym or going to a night out. board games,” resident Jay Varela said. in counseling at Thriveworks in Roanoke.

In a month full of ghosts and goblins, Sober October is a way to enjoy the month, without spirits.

As fall is the start of the spooky season, some are looking to kick the booze.

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