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Dry July?

You’ve probably taken steps to try to control your drinking in the past: a week off here, a Dry...

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Why I don’t think “One Day at a Time” works

In the “recovery community” you’ll hear the phrase “one day at a time” a lot. And sure, when you’re working towards a big, towering goal that stretches you way outside of your comfort zone, one step or one day at a time makes it feel a whole lot more manageable and...

What will my friends think?

In our culture which normalises alcohol at every occasion: weddings, funerals, the end of a bad day, celebrating a great day, even baby showers, it is a truly courageous and rebellious act to say no and choose not to drink. You worry that you’ll be ostracised by your...

Dry July?

You’ve probably taken steps to try to control your drinking in the past: a week off here, a Dry January there, no mid-week drinking, maximum 3 drinks on a night out, no shots… I know I did plenty of those challenges over the years. And challenges they were. I felt...
Decision Fatigue

You know you want to drink less. You want to feel good in the mornings, have more energy and motivation for the things you want to do, and to let go of shame and regret. But by the evening, you’ve already made so many decisions throughout the day, that your willpower...

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Lost Weekend

I used to lose so many weekends to hangovers. I had a great time partying, but I was losing precious time with my kids and not achieving the things I wanted to. Now that I don't drink, I have so much more time, money, energy and motivation to do the things I want to...

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How alcohol-dependant are you?

Taking a 6 week break from boozing could show you that you're not as dependent on alcohol as you thought. If you think you need alcohol to relax or feel confident, this could show you that you can do both just fine without it. If you think alcohol helps you with your...

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Ten Years Younger

“People are telling me I look ten years younger” How would you like people to say that about you, without dieting, upping your exercise, or having surgery? This client recently completed my six-week Sober and Sparkling programme. Yes, she’s probably lost a little...

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Survival Guide

What to do when you’re craving alcohol but don’t want to drink anymore: Take a moment. Physically move if you can - get outside, stretch your body, go to the toilet. Breathe. Reflect and work out what you want alcohol to be a shortcut to: confidence, happiness,...

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Out of Control

What do you do when life feels stressful and out of your control? For me, alcohol was always the first answer. But since getting sober, I’ve learned how to deal with life’s ups and downs without needing a drink in my hand. It’s clear to me that having a drink would...

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What would it mean to you?

How much of your life is lost to hangovers? Whole mornings wasted feeling sick, with a headache, and tinged with a slight sense of shame, regret, guilt or anxiety? What would it mean to you if instead you could wake up fresh, well rested, energised and excited for the...

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Sober Socialising

How do you feel for the first fifteen minutes of socialising? I usually feel quite anxious and uncomfortable. I always used to get a drink as quickly as possible so I could relax and enjoy myself. Through not drinking, I’ve realised that I get through that initial...

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Reasons

“Why aren’t you drinking?” I was asked this all the time at first. I’m pretty sure I’m past the point of people wondering if I’m pregnant now (HELL NO), so I think most were hoping for a juicy blackout disaster night out followed by deathly hangover kind of story....

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