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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A Club Soda Summer Party No one has ever said organising a party was easy. Between playlists, decorations, food and drink, deliveries arriving late, people getting lost on the way there… It can all feel a little overwhelming. And then, there’s that lurch of ‘oh gawd, what happens if no one shows up?’… But so…

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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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Bars and Pubs Ideas for Non Drinkers

Big drinker, big ideas As a big drinker I was full of ideas. Big ones. They would change the world. If only I could have remembered them in the morning. Mind you, the few I could recollect were often, well, shit on second reading! So our co-design workshop last Saturday was like a light bulb…

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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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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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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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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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Second Sober Christmas

This is a guest blog by Rachel Black. Second sober Christmas How am I feeling about Christmas this year? This will be my second sober Christmas and I look forward to it with an overwhelming feeling of relief that I need not drink. THEN December was a great month for drinking to excess: everyone was…

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