Month Off Booze programme

Alcohol – risks and effects We all know (and feel) that excessive alcohol consumption is Not a Good Thing. Often it’s pretty obvious what impact alcohol is having. Other issues aren’t so obvious but could become problematic with long-term use. In today’s post we review the longer-term effects and risks of alcohol on the body…

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quitting smoking and drinking

Alcohol and smoking Written by Club Soda member and psychologist Helen O’Connor Does it make it harder to control or stop drinking if you continue to smoke? Is it better to make one lifestyle change at a time, or should I tackle both together? This blog post looks into this conundrum in more depth and…

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Wine units

Understanding alcohol units A new study on people’s understanding of alcohol units has been in the news recently. Based on focus group interviews, it looked at how well UK adults know the recommended drinking limits and guidelines, how they feel about them, and whether people find them useful. Not surprisingly, most people don’t think that…

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Medical studies

How do medical studies work and which ones can you trust? In another post today we consider the relationship between drinking alcohol and cancer. This post provides some background information on different types of medical studies: how they are conducted, and how reliable the results are. It is often not possible to identify the exact…

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Beer Pumps at Beer Festival

At a beer festival The Great British Beer Festival is an annual event, held at the Olympia conference centre in west London. This year, there are approximately 900 beers and ciders on offer for tasting, on tap and in bottles, from all over the world, and in numerous different styles and flavours. Our beer expert…

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Haggerston fridge

We’ve been thinking about the experience of going into pubs and bars as part of our Dalston Burst project. In particular, what happens if you are not planning to order any alcoholic drinks? We all had similar thoughts: it’s usually not very nice, the soft drink options are really bad, mocktails cost the same as…

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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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Soda drinks in a fridge

Pubs and bars We’ve been thinking about the experience of going into pubs and bars as part of our Dalston Burst project. In particular, what happens if you are not planning to order any alcoholic drinks? We all had similar thoughts: it’s usually not very nice, the soft drink options are really bad, mocktails cost…

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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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No drinking while pregnant sign

Guest blogger, Club Soda member Matt considers the usefulness of the alcohol unit system when trying to cut down on drinking. Alcohol units and cutting down Alcohol units are rubbish aren’t they? A random number printed under that weird picture of the boozing pregnant woman – they have as much relation to real life as election…

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