Blake Lively doesn't drink because I don't like the effects of alcohol

‘I don’t drink because I don’t like the effects of alcohol’: Blake Lively shares why she gave up alcohol but says being sober can feel ‘alienating’ at times

Blake Lively finds sobriety can be ‘alienating.’

The Gossip Girl actress, 34, loves being ‘social’ but admitted she has often found herself feeling on the outskirts at social gatherings, so she was inspired to start her new business venture, Betty Buzz, a line of five flavored drinks, which can be mixed with spirits or enjoyed on their own.

‘I don’t drink because I don’t like the effects of alcohol, but I like being a part of it,’ she told People magazine.

Buzzed: Blake Lively finds sobriety can be ‘alienating.’ The Gossip Girl actress, 34, loves being ‘social’ but admitted she has often found herself feeling on the outskirts at social gatherings, so she was inspired to start her new business venture, Betty Buzz; at the Empire State Building, on November 8

‘I like being social. I like people coming together. I found that sometimes not drinking, the thing that was interesting was that it was a little alienating, because you don’t feel — and maybe it’s just in your own head — but you just don’t really feel a part of it.’

Despite being teetotal, the A Simple Favor star said she knew what she was doing because of her love of ‘flavor,’ which has led to the creation of Tonic water, Sparkling Grapefruit, Meyer Lemon Club Soda, Sparkling Lemon Lime and Ginger Beer.

‘When we first started talking about this company, one of the conversations that came up was like, “Are we going to be pushing a boulder up a hill because you don’t drink and mixers are made to mix with alcohol?”‘ she observed.

 ‘I mean, that’s the name of them,’ she told the magazine. 

The hangovers are the worst: ‘I don’t drink because I don’t like the effects of alcohol, but I like being a part of it,’ she told People magazine; seen this week in NYC

‘So are you going to have credibility in this space as somebody who doesn’t drink?’ And I was like, “Yeah, because I feel like I’m somebody who really likes flavor, that’s it for me,”‘ she added. 

The Gossip Girl star is not the first person in her family to dive into the beverage market.

Her husband Ryan Reynolds – with whom she has daughters James, six, Inez, five, and two-year-old Betty – founded and owns Aviation Gin but she is the go-to bartender at their get togethers.

Social but not a drinker: ‘I like being social. I like people coming together. I found that sometimes not drinking, the thing that was interesting was that it was a little alienating, because you don’t feel — and maybe it’s just in your own head — but you just don’t really feel a part of it’

However, Blake found she had to do ‘much more more heavy’ lifting when creating something exciting for herself.

And so while she is tee total, the actress likes to add a few ‘drops’ of liquor to her drinks.

‘It gives it a flavor, but it’s not going to give it a sort of experience — well, it’ll give it a flavour experience — but not [much] alcohol,’ she explained. 

Loves flavor: Despite being teetotal, the A Simple Favor star said she knew what she was doing because of her love of ‘flavor,’ which has led to the creation of Tonic water, Sparkling Grapefruit, Meyer Lemon Club Soda, Sparkling Lemon Lime and Ginger Beer

Good friends: Lively’s husband, Ryan Reynolds, founded and owns Aviation Gin, but she is the go-to bartender at their get togethers. Seen in August in NYC

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