On Tuesday, the Duchess of Cambridge marked valentines day by paying a visit to Alder Hey Children’s hospital and an Action on Addiction project – a non-alcoholic bar for recovering alcoholics in Liverpool.
The Brink is a dry-bar in Liverpool that has been set up with recovering alcoholics in mind. The bar is a multi-functional venue that boasts an alcohol free bar and restaurant as well as a performance space – all designed with the intention of encouraging groups and individuals to join each other’s conversations.
Kate, who is now a patron for the charity Action on Addiction, stopped off at The Brink to sample the alcohol free drinks menu. Whilst there, she tasted the Duchess – a smoothie created in her honour which was made up of banana, almonds, honey, milk and a touch of cream, which Kate described as ‘amazing’.
Jacquie Johnston-Lynch is the head of service for Action on Addiction in Liverpool, and she believes that the key to a successful dry-bar, and indeed The Brink, is ensuring that they have that ‘night-out feel’.
“Most cafes don’t have a ‘night-out’ feel and they close by six. We run events for kids during the day, but in the evenings, we’re very much about adults: we have band nights, open mics. It’s just like a normal bar, but with pots of tea on tables rather than pints of beer.” She said.
Whilst Johnston-Lynch went on to explain how many of the individuals who frequent the bar are not recovering alcohols, the most important thing for the charity is that people who don’t want to drink are not being made to feel ‘less’ than those who do.
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