Broken beer bottle graffiti

You needn’t be religious to quit for Lent “Well because there is a supportive culture of abstinence around in Lent that makes it a bit easier. That means you can go to a party and say you’re not drinking because it’s Lent, and no-one will say “Oh go on, just one”. They might think, “I…

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Love yourself this Valentine's Day

Abusive relationships with alcohol There’s been a lot of talk about abusive relationships, in the week that the 50 Shades film is released. But whatever you think about Anastasia and Christian’s relationship, it’s fictional. Many of us have (or have had) an abusive relationship in real life – with alcohol. And, just as an abusive…

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Diva at the bar

Dry January to diva at the bar Club Soda member Hanban not only went dry for January but she also discovered her inner diva, ordering bar staff to fulfill all of her booze-free needs! Read more about her new found skills that are helping her dry January stick.  I took on the challenge of dry January and,…

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Counting the days to a more sober life

You can’t help but count the days. Whether you are taking 3 days a week off, restricting booze just to weekends, stopping for a month, 100 days or have hit a milestone in an alcohol-free life. Like member Lucy who is celebrating how 500 days feels. Hangover-free life, day 500 So today is the 500th…

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Changing your relationship with alcohol is a marathon

Dry January success What a January! Alcohol Concern report that this year’s Dry January is the most successful yet, with more people than ever before signing up to a month off the booze. At Club Soda, we know a collective dry January is bigger than the health benefits alone. It is a mass-participation sober month,…

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Club Soda Expert Louise Rowlinson

This guest blog is by Louise Rowlinson, who writes a regular blog at A hangover free life about her life after quitting alcohol. Among her many accomplishments, she is a public health nurse, psychology graduate, and creator of an online course to cut down your drinking. Drinking guilt and its big brother shame When I…

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sugar and calories in alcohol and non-alcoholic drinks

Soft Drinks for Grown Ups When it comes to hanging out in the local, we don’t really want to be drinking the same stuff as the kids. Somehow what we drink needs to separate us from those not legally allowed into a pub without an adult. More importantly, we need a talking point. Laura at…

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Image of student drinking - caption Not Writing This Stuff Down

Whatever your goals, write them down It does not matter what your goals are. Stopping a habit or taking something away that we very often consider a treat is tough. At Club Soda, we know changing your drinking is also especially difficult as it is tied up so tightly in our social DNA. If you…

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Exercise, key to sobriety Movement, walking, dancing or exercise can be a way to nurture and strengthen yourself, and it becomes an important tool to help you change your drinking. As JR, a fellow Club Soda member, posted in the gym, exercise can help us all in different ways: “Exercise has been KEY to my sobriety.…

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