For anyone who has ever given up drinking for a month or longer, or drastically cut down the amount you’re drinking, you’ll know that a lot of things improve. You sleep better, you’re more alert, you’re more focused, creative, present…the list goes on.
So it’s no wonder that more and more women are choosing to change their drinking habits. It’s easy to turn to booze when we lead such busy working lives, home lives, social lives and there’s so much pressure on us from society to look and act the best we can. But it’s much easier to be on top of everything when there’s no gruelling hangover to deal with.
Here’s a list of women who don’t let boozing get in the way – whether they’re non-drinkers or moderate drinkers.
1. CHRISTINE LAGARDE RARELY DRINKS
She is a French lawyer, politician, and currently the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund. She was the first woman to become finance minister of a major world economy and is also the first woman to head the IMF.
Christine was ranked the 5th most powerful woman in the world by Forbes magazine and she recently hit out at Trump regarding his announcement planning to place tariffs on steel and aluminium imports and she’s featured in this book called How Remarkable Women Lead).
2. NAOMI CAMPBELL QUIT THE BOOZE
Naomi has always been a busy bee with charity work – in 2005 she founded the charity We Love Brazil, which aims to raise awareness and funds to fight poverty in Brazil through the sale of fabrics made by local women. And in 2009, she became a goodwill ambassador for the White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood.
She was renowned in the past for her public tantrums and aggressive behaviour, but she recognised this, took responsibility, learned from it and moved forward. “I gave up drinking alcohol,” she told Life & Style magazine in 2013. “Not drinking makes me a lot happier.“
3. POLLY VERNON – A JOURNALIST WITH A NEW SENSE OF ENERGY AFTER CUTTING DOWN IN 2013
Polly Vernon cut down on her drinking.
“Semi-sober, I write better and faster than ever. I earn more money. I navigate relationships more successfully. I express my point of view more effectively, which means I win more arguments while putting fewer noses out of joint.” It’s even left her with some time to write her book, Hot Feminist!
4. JILL STARK QUIT ALCOHOL FOR A YEAR
The Australian/Scottish health journalist quit alcohol for a year and published a book, “High Sobriety: My Year Without Booze” about her experience.
5. DEBORAH MEADEN LIKES TO STAY IN CONTROL
The businesswoman and Dragon’s Den investor says “I rarely drink more than two glasses of wine a week; I don’t like to be out of control”. Whatever her reasons, it’s helped her succeed in a world dominated by men.
We wonder if she will let us pitch Club Soda to her? Maybe we should read her book on Common Sense Rules for Business first?
6. KIM CATTRALL IS JUST AWESOME
Kim Cattrall is awesome
I know I said we would not feature movie stars, but we will make an exception for Kim, as she is a stage actor of fine skill, and truly an inspirational sober woman.
Alcohol gives her a headache, so she stays away. “I don’t drink or take drugs so clothes are my only mood enhancer,” she has said.
7. DAVINA MCCALL WAS DETERMINED TO BEAT ADDICTION
Davina McCall – inspirational and sober.
Popular presenter and mammoth Comic Relief fundraiser Davina McCall has revealed that she is entirely teetotal for fear she would not be able to stop drinking and still attends Narcotics Anonymous meetings.
The presenter overcame a drug problem when she was in her 20s, but has disclosed that she still attends meetings in London at least once a month. She says: “It sounds dramatic but I’ve seen it happen to other people. I’ve got too much to lose and I just don’t want to go there.” She spoke about her experiences on Desert Island Discs – you can check it out here.
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