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Webinar: Janet’s story from cutting down to alcohol free

Janet has a Crodino at Carluccio's

Janet has been a Club Soda member for two and a half years, but when she joined her goal was not to stop. In this webinar discussion with Laura she shares her story:

“I would buy a bottle of wine on the way home and open it when making the kids dinner. I knew I needed to cut down but never contemplated giving up. I never even did a Dry January as I didn’t think I could do it. I was not particularly worried about health effects and I held down a full time job as a senior lawyer in a large company.  But I was very unhappy and lethargic. Out of work activities seemed too much effort.

I joined Club Soda to help me moderate and started with the Sober Sprint in May which I almost completed – 29 days. I had never really thought about being alcohol free before. Just wanted to cut down and didn’t want to be labelled an alcoholic.  After the month I started drinking again.

Then on 4th July Serena announced her one year sober anniversary. I thought, if I stopped now , I could be like her. It took me till the 8th July but after a terrible Friday night binge I gave up drinking, initially for a month, then for three months, then just carried on.

Janet also touches on:

  • Anxiety
  • Sober holidays
  • Making new friends without alcohol
  • The power of being social
  • How learning about ‘discomfort‘ made it all click into place
  • And why she donates to Club Soda on a regular basis

If you’re thinking of doing a sober sprint, would like to cut down your drinking, stop for a while or quit completely – you can sign up to our FREE mailing list for advice, inspiration, events information and more. You can also join our private Facebook group to access our webinars live (check the ‘articles’ section for the saved videos) and to share stories, advice, and support with like-minded people on different stages of their journeys. Want to keep socialising but not sure which places are good for alcohol-free drink choices? Head to our Club Soda pub guide where we list the best places for mindful drinkers.

And don’t forget our Mindful Drinking Festivals – the next one is in London on 12th & 13th of January!

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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.

2 comments on “Webinar: Janet’s story from cutting down to alcohol free

  1. sophiedophie
  2. gatekeeper
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    Thank you Janet and Laura, that was really inspirational. I have completed 31 days today without a drink, I signed up to the sober sprint 3 days later to help me through, so I will actually end up doing more than the month in total. I had been thinking about how to keep going to totally quit alcohol, this was just what I needed to hear. As mentioned I have managed a couple of short alcohol free spells before and ended up drinking just the same or worse once I returned to it, so this time I want to keep going the distance. I can see more positives than negatives. Thanks one again.

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