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Christmas, alcohol and your mental health

Carwyn on Christmas alcohol and mental health

Christmas is a tough time for our mental health generally. If alcohol has been one of the ways you have used to ‘cope’, then you may find it is also a very triggery time of year.

Carwyn is now 2 years and 8 months into his alcohol-free journey. He took the decision to change his drinking habits to improve his mental health. Carwyn’s personal journey has also taken him to working with the mental health charity as a caseworker. He now has a greater understanding of the links between alcohol and mental health, and why Christmas in particular is a time of year that can put a strain on us for many reasons.

If you have recently quit drinking, then rather than focusing on the fact that this will be your first alcohol-free Christmas, think of it as a time to secure and protect your mental health. Don’t just ‘white-knuckle ride’ difficult situations. Instead, make sure to plan your ‘mental health first aid kit’ to improve your state of mind – all alcohol-free.

You can come out of Christmas both calmer and sober, making a happier 2018 more possible.

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I am Laura the Co-Founder at Club Soda. I gave up drinking in 2012 and hope that I can support you to take a self-guided journey to change your drinking whatever your goal.

5 comments on “Christmas, alcohol and your mental health

  1. lisac
    • pmoloney60@yahoo.co.uk
      pmoloney60@yahoo.co.uk on

      Diolch yn fawr Carwyn having just had a long weeken drinking and eating loads feelin very depressed sick and full of self hate watching you video reinforces that Xmas needs planning not just drinking g
      Because everybody else is ! They havnt got such a confused feeling with wine and food and plan me time to think where I’m going! After 3 months not drinking I felt wonderful ! I depression of very little as I said above full of loathing for myself. MAybe counselling. So have kept you too long! Nadolyg llawen love Pat (Moloney)x

      Mad

  2. isabella10
  3. Jcarbone
    Jcarbone on

    Thank you Carwyn, It is comfort knowing that others feel the heavy emotional weight of the holiday season as I do and also a helpful reminder to keep it all in perspective. The season and all that comes with it is not an excuse to get drunk and behave badly!
    Well wishes to you and your family.
    Jen from the USA

  4. Yoga-bunny15
    Yoga-bunny15 on

    Hi! I’m new to the group. I liked what you said about doing something different if the routine hasn’t worked in the past. I think that’s a huge thing you come upon because people in general find change extremely difficult. A small step such as taking a alcohol fuelled evening and switch if up to a walk in the park is healthy and wholesome and essentially the point of seeing family and friends.
    Thank you I enjoyed your webinar! Happy Christmas to you all. X

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