News newspapers

Alcohol and cancer Another week and another medical study about cancer in the headlines. Some of this week’s headlines more or less said that even drinking a tiny bit of alcohol will cause cancer. But when it comes to health science, what the papers say to draw you in can often look quite different from…

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Medical studies

How do medical studies work and which ones can you trust? In another post today we consider the relationship between drinking alcohol and cancer. This post provides some background information on different types of medical studies: how they are conducted, and how reliable the results are. It is often not possible to identify the exact…

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Julian at the bar

Julian Kirkman-Page, works in the City of London, is a keen member of Club Soda, and gave up alcohol forever two and half years ago. In his book ‘I Don’t Drink!’ he tells why and describes how he managed to quit drinking, and details the difference it has made to his life since. We first…

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Follow Your Gut Sticker

Finding your gut instinct One of my biggest discoveries when I stopped drinking heavily, was that I found my gut instinct. Until that point, I’d never really understood what that meant, or what it was supposed to feel like. And to be honest, the idea that you could tune into your intuition and use it…

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Beer Pumps at Beer Festival

At a beer festival The Great British Beer Festival is an annual event, held at the Olympia conference centre in west London. This year, there are approximately 900 beers and ciders on offer for tasting, on tap and in bottles, from all over the world, and in numerous different styles and flavours. Our beer expert…

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Haggerston fridge

We’ve been thinking about the experience of going into pubs and bars as part of our Dalston Burst project. In particular, what happens if you are not planning to order any alcoholic drinks? We all had similar thoughts: it’s usually not very nice, the soft drink options are really bad, mocktails cost the same as…

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Cravings

Today’s guest blogger is Debbie Bannigan, CEO of Swanswell, a national recovery charity that believes in a society free from problem alcohol and drug use. She talks about the inner Cravings Monster, and tips on how to beat it.  Craving a drink Have you ever had that feeling that you absolutely, totally, have to have a…

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Work Is the Curse of the Drinking Classes

One Club Soda member shares her story of going from office party girl to coming out as a non-drinker at work. Drinking life I went to a work function dinner on Tuesday and like many of these occasions they centre around wine choice, often that being the only choice of drink apart from tap water.  In my drinking…

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books alcohol you

Reading and drinking “There comes a time when you have to choose between turning the page and closing the book” – Josh Jameson Books, they’ve filled my life since I was little. Stories interlacing themselves into my reality, where I lived in a world which straddled my imagination and the real world. Growing up, I sought…

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Dry July party

What happened when one Aussie took up the personal challenge to not drink for a month? Doing a Dry July – Sober fun? “I can have fun sober,” I thought, “I have a lot to do tomorrow,” I thought, “I don’t even want to drink anyway,” I thought… The issue is, all of these thoughts occurred before…

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