Not so sober birthday

The first sober birthday is a big test The first year of moderation or sobriety is all about doing things for the first time without alcohol (or with less alcohol). Your first sober birthday is a big one. It may be that, like for me, the past few years’ birthdays had become an excuse to…

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Addiction, hospitalisation and recovery

We talk all the time about the changes that come from quitting alcohol, but Claire’s journey is one which is particularly extreme in both its highs and its lows. Her dangerously deteriorating health and eventual hospitalisation meant that giving up alcohol was a necessity rather than a choice. Her strength and courage in battling addiction…

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Social situations without alcohol

Dealing with social situations Social situations are difficult. They involve preconceived ideas of what ‘fun’ is and involve other people that can make it easy for you to scrap your well-made plans. Both external triggers and internal emotions about an event (ranging from FOMO to fear) mean your internal saboteur has a number of ‘compelling’…

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How to fake an alcohol-free Pimms

If you like your Pimms, it’s good news! This “fake”, or alcohol-free version provides a summer taste sensation that is undistinguishable from the real thing. And it is also really simple to make, using easy-to-find ingredients. The recipe comes from SlimmingWorld, and also has a much lower calorie content than Pimms, and of course contains…

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Kim's Story: pity

Our member Kim continues her sober journey, and has no need for anybody’s pity. “Pity you so much” Just been to yet another birthday party lunch. Over the meal for 20 odd people, a mate told me loudly across the table: “Don’t take this the wrong way, but I pity you so much.” She continued…

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Nirvana beer yoga

Nirvana beer We have talked about Nirvana Beer before – one of our first beer-tasting events included a prototype stout made by Steve, the man behind Nirvana, as one of the beers on the tasting menu. It was actually the favourite beer of the evening, beating several well-known commercial brands, so we have been eagerly…

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Create a winning Mantra

Life Coach, Yoga teacher and Wandsworth Radio presenter Nicolette Wilson shares her advice on creating a personal success mantra. What is a mantra? It can be seen as a sacred text, an incantation or even a spell, but basically, it is the repetition of something that is your focused, conscious desire. Why would we use a…

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Is it possible to festival sober

It’s just a few weeks until the beginning of festival season. Notoriously boozy, they can be a trigger for even the most ardent music lover. However, here at Club Soda, we like a challenge. We believe that missing out drinking doesn’t have to mean missing out on the fun. So, we set about finding the…

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Using logic to tame your inner critic

In this article and webinar, we will consider using logic to tame your inner critic or saboteur when cutting down your drinking. There are important skills you can develop to help you reach your goals. We actively amplify our inner critic to justify drinking alcohol We have trained our inner critic to take the path…

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The Drinking Habit, Wellbeing and Popmaster

Our old friend Julian has another guest blog for us. Today, he explores how he reworked his drinking by understanding and changing old habits and rituals. Wellbeing One of the ‘little’ things I enjoy is listening to the Popmaster competition on BBC Radio 2. The quiz is part of the Ken Bruce show, takes place each…

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