What is blackout?

Alcoholic blackouts I talk about my relationship with alcohol a lot. It’s my job. I run projects with young people about it. I meet people, and when asked what I do, end up talking about alcohol. I’m at a party, and it more often than not comes up. I talk about those moments I regret…

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Working Behind a Bar Sober

Working behind a bar sober There was something infinitely attractive about working behind a bar. When I was younger, bar staff always carried a whiff of cool. After all, they were the gatekeepers to fun. The gatekeepers to my cool, witty, confidence self. When I turned 23 I got a job working in a concert…

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Enjoying a festival sober

Being sober at a festival Being searched I’d forgotten about sniffer dogs. Strolling into Victoria Park last Sunday, my annoyance peaked pretty quickly when a security guard pulled me aside as part of a line-up. And while I knew I didn’t have drugs, I couldn’t help but think…. do I? It sets the tone, when…

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Festival season with less alcohol

Love festivals, sober or not I love festivals. When I was 24 I got a freelance ‘job’ writing for a music magazine. I didn’t get paid, but there were perks, Press Pass in hand (see photo of said me rather smug looking). Though, to be fair it mostly consisted of me going to music events,…

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Club Soda Low Alcohol Beer Tasting

Low Alcohol Beer Tasting event Well we had a great time at Mother Kelly’s in Bethnal Green – Dani had found us some weird beers, love/hate beers, the same beers (with different ABVs) and some rare beers. Here is a rundown of the Low and Light Alcohol beers (under 3% and excellent for cutting down…

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Today is International Day of Happiness, and here at the Club Soda HQ we’re listing why changing our drinking has made us into happier and healthier humans: happier sober. Add your own in the comments below or tweet them using #happiersoberer. “In changing my drinking, suddenly it was like I really began to be in…

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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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