Happy Families - Different drinking habits

Cutting down or quitting alcohol alone People often ask for advice in dealing with one of the most difficult situations – when you are trying to cut down or quit, but your housemate or partner still drinks alcohol. I feel I have little advice to offer. I contribute a big part of the success in…

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One hundred days alcohol free

Stopped drinking in January If you stopped drinking on January the first, either for good or as part of a timed challenge, then today is 100 days alcohol free. Congratulations! My 100 days fell slap bang in the middle of the 2012 Olympics. I was volunteering. In the stadium by 6am. I could not have…

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365 Things I enjoy (362 of which aren't alcohol)

Lior Smith is a good friend of Club Soda. Her insight helped us at the very beginning, deciding what Club Soda was and was not. She generously shared her knowledge and enthusiasm. After a few tricky few months, she started to write down the things she enjoyed. It turned into a list of 365 and she…

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Surviving a night in the pub without alcohol

Can you be sober(ish) and stay social? Club Soda member and writer Matt Chittock shares his strategies. Trying to cut down drinking When you’re trying to cut down on drinking, certain friends can be a right pain in the arse. They’re the people that will ‘accidentally’ buy you a pint at the bar when you asked for…

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Champagne Glasses

What to drink instead of wine and champagne? If you usually drink wine and champagne, what can you drink instead? There are several non-alcoholic and de-alcoholised options available, we list some of the best picks.   Carl Jung Sparkling White Wine Carl Jung is a German winery, who have been making de-alcoholised wines since 1908. They…

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Matt Chittock - Club Soda Member

Club Soda member and writer Matt Chittock shares his internal dialogue at the end of a stressful day, and how he has had to reassess the way he uses alcohol as a reward. But what does he do instead? Stress, alcohol and rewards After a tough day at the laptop, or eight hours of childcare, a stiff gin…

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How do you sleep? Positions

Mindfulness expert Andy Hix writes about sleeping and alcohol: How mindful sleeping can help your mindful drinking. Sleep deprived? I got back from a stag do in Berlin at 2am last night and woke up at about 8.30. I feel depleted! Nine months ago, though, that would have been not far off a normal night for…

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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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