Social situations without alcohol

Social situations are difficult. They involve preconceived ideas of what ‘fun’ is and involve other people that can make it easy for you to scrap your well-made plans. Both external triggers and internal emotions about an event (ranging from FOMO to fear) mean your internal saboteur has a number of ‘compelling’ arguments with which to…

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A guide to sober dancing

If you love dancing and hate hangovers, it’s good news! There has been a sober dance explosion in the UK, for people who are tired of hangovers and turned off by expensive bars. At sober dance events, focus is firmly on the music and the moves. From morning workout dances to dance meditation, there are…

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Living in an alcoholcentric society

Club Soda member Adrian talks about how hard it is to quit the booze in an alcocentric society, where we are encouraged to drink at every turn. Living in an alcocentric society Through general conversation, I have noticed that those who choose not to drink are often viewed as ‘broken’. Of course, this is not…

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Sober St Patrick's day

St Patrick’s Day is a celebration that has a reputation for drinking excess. The good news is that it doesn’t have to be that way. You can have a sober St Patrick’s day. After all, it is meant to be a day of music, family and history, and all of those can be found without the…

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Why socialising sober is important

When you first start changing your drinking, socialising sober may not be the most important thing on your mind. Change takes time and some steely grit and determination. Yes you need to hunker down, focus on your goal and change a few things. But it is important not to take away human connection and joy.…

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Mindful drinkers and pub managers

Club Soda knows mindful drinkers – they are our members. But we have also got to know many pub and bar managers with our Club Soda Guide project, listing the best places for mindful drinkers. In this special post, we share some of the great videos we’ve recorded with them in the last couple of…

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Drinking with clients

The biggest myth in the City is that you have to ‘wine and dine’ your clients. But really it is a hang-on from the 70’s when eating out was still novel. It is now 2017 so what has changed? Drinking alcohol is on the decline. That does not mean that people don’t drink, but there…

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First Sober Date

There will be many ‘firsts’ in your more sober life. Here is Laurie McAllister’s advice from her first sober date. I don’t drink anymore, but I’m single. What to do and say when you’re not drinking on a first date? From personal experience, one of my biggest blocks in trying to drink less, and when I stopped drinking…

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Sober Dancing 5 Rhythms

Next in our selection of guest blogs by Club Soda members and continuing on the theme of alternative ways to relax, Sam Chambers describes her recent experience of going sober dancing at a 5Rhythms class. This is great for using dance and music to release negative feelings, as well as a way of meeting new…

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