Booze and tuberculosis - Anja's story

By Anja Madhvani March 24th marks World Tuberculosis Day. I didn’t know that until last year when I was diagnosed with TB. Tuberculosis is an infectious disease usually caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MTB) bacteria. It most commonly affects the lungs, but it can also strike in the bones and other organs. TB vaccinations are no…

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Dont Pink My Drink

By Alison Douglas, chief executive of Alcohol Focus Scotland. After years of objectifying and sexualising women in their advertising, the alcohol industry is now targeting women more directly, linking their products to women’s friendships, feminism and empowerment. However, women’s empowerment will always be secondary to increasing profits for these companies. Whilst men still drink significantly more…

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Lent wellbeing & mindfulness

As lent kicked off on Wednesday this week, people across the globe started their 40-day pledge to give something up. Religious or not, lent’s a great way to set yourself a challenge, and making lifestyle changes whilst millions of people are also making changes always seems a bit more appealing than going it alone. Club…

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Alcohol & Eating Disorders

It’s National Eating Disorder Awareness Week. According to Action Mental Health, eating disorders claim more lives than any other mental illness, one in five of the most seriously affected will die prematurely from the physical consequences or suicide – and research suggests that as many as 1 in 20 people will develop an eating disorder…

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Alcohol and Shame

Deborah Cole is a licensed psychologist and has been a member of Club Soda for over two years. We asked her to write about what is a common theme among our members, especially those trying to give up alcohol completely, and which she has seen many posts about within our private Facebook group: Shame. Enemies…

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Movement for Modern Life

A common ritual for everyone, regardless of lifestyle, is to open a bottle of wine to unwind after a busy day -or maybe a few beers, or a couple of G & T’s. Whatever your go-to release drink of choice, it’s difficult to learn to navigate your evening and relax without it. There are many…

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Simon Story

It was #WorldMentalHealthDay on Thursday 10th October which saw an amazing flood of social media posts and videos of people sharing their personal stories, words of encouragement, inspiration and support, and advice to those who may be struggling. We think that every day should encourage the same openness about mental health, in the hope that…

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Lifting Weights

In this guest blog for Club Soda, Angie shares a bit of her journey of becoming the best possible version of her. For her, exercise and in particular weightlifting has played a big part in quitting alcohol. Angie is a busy, 42 year old, wife, mother of two children who is hoping to inspire others…

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Club Soda Info

We’ve had an influx of new members lately, and new followers on our various social media channels, and new signups for our mailing list, and generally just a lot more interest in what we do, due to a steady series of BBC appearances from our co-founder Laura. We’ve kept up a steady rate of newbies…

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