Image of student drinking - caption Not Writing This Stuff Down

Whatever your goals, write them down It does not matter what your goals are. Stopping a habit or taking something away that we very often consider a treat is tough. At Club Soda we know changing your drinking is also especially difficult as it is tied up so tightly in our social DNA. If you…

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Exercise, key to sobriety Movement, walking, dancing or exercise can be a way to nurture and strengthen yourself, and it becomes an important tool to help you change your drinking. As JR , a fellow Club Soda member, posted in the gym, exercise can help us all in different ways: “Exercise has been KEY to my…

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A gym

We all know alcohol is basically empty calories, so if you have a fitness goal you will have to do an extra length in the pool, or a longer workout to burn them off. But alcohol can affect your exercise plans in other ways too – and not only in the universal truth that a…

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Dr Meg John Barker on New Year Resolutions

Welcome to our latest guest blogger Dr Meg John Barker: a writer, academic, counsellor and activist specialising in sex and relationships. Meg John is a senior lecturer in psychology at the Open University and a UKCP accredited therapist, and has over a decade of experience researching and publishing on these topics including the popular book…

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Club Soda Member Enjoying a Hangover Free Mindful Walk

Woken up with a hangover? Good morning. Did you have a nice day yesterday? Have you woken up with a hangover, after one too many sherries in front of the telly? Or did you spend a sober day cooped up with the family? Or are you just so stuffed with turkey you think you might…

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Scientists and equipment

The science of alcohol and behaviour change We can probably all agree, from our personal experience and without any science, that changing human behaviour is difficult. It is doubly difficult with behaviours where the pleasures are instant, but the pain is far in the future and difficult to see. Alcohol is a good example: do…

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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 over whelming feeling of relief that I need not drink. THEN December was a great month for drinking to excess: everyone…

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Festive season

This guest article is by our nutrition expert Sam Waterhouse. Season of mixed blessings For most of us the festive season comes with mixed blessings, with short, cold, dark days that can lower mood and an abundance of tempting food and drink is everywhere you look. This can be a time of year where overindulgence…

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Drunken shopping

Shopping while drunk It does not matter how long ago you tamed your drinking, sometimes you are pulled back to a vague memory of an incident you would rather forget: drunken shopping. Time Magazine reports that 12% of Americans shopping on ‘Black Friday’ admit to being drunk. My most ‘memorable’ online shopping under the influence…

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You are in charge of your own happiness

Planning for a Successful Social Sober Weekend I used to think I was happy with this great buzzing social life of mine. Out meeting great people most nights of the week. But the hangovers that followed were more than just the physical effects. There was the shame that I had drunk too much again. Then…

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