Giving up alcohol can make you crave chocolate

I want to discuss chocolate and alcohol on today’s post. There is a fact that has stuck in my mind from an episode of Bergerac I watched in the late 80’s. I was a teenager, but as a child of a father who drank too much, things you see and hear stick in your mind…

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Practicing gratefulness

What are you grateful for today? A little while ago, a Club Soda member on our private Facebook group prompted others by asking, “What are you grateful for today?” It was a bleak, wintery Monday morning, and as November well and truly settles in, it felt like a little beam of light. It would be easy…

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Planning sober night

Planning a sober night out, it can be hard right? We set off with certain intentions, and it all sort of backfires. Either we end up drinking when we initially wanted not to, or we spend the evening bargaining with ourselves on how much to drink, just to drink more than we intended… If there’s one…

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Preparing for Christmas

In this webinar Laura covers preparing for Christmas, especially if you want it to be your first sober one, or a less boozy one than your previous holidays. First, start by reflecting on Christmas’s past and think about what you want this Christmas to be. Then be creative and discover how to shake up your Christmas…

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15 tips for the struggling quitter

As we always say, we love hearing from Club Soda members about how their journey is going. One of our members, Rachel, recently reached the 100 day mark, and shared her success with everyone on our private Facebook group page, writing: “….I remember reading others’ success stories and thinking I would never make 100 days.…

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Fear of losing

I’ve been having a lot of drinking dreams lately, where I’ve woken up having dreamt that I had gotten completely wasted, dreaming I had said something, done something, lost things. The list goes on. Feeling uncontrollable, embarrassing, shameful. And then, waking up, suddenly, mostly afraid, to slowly realise: No, it didn’t happen. And it’s okay.…

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This week’s webinar was run by Club Soda expert member Helen O’Connor and was a stream of consciousness romp through various post-MOB (Month Off Booze) issues: what to do after stopping drinking for a bit? Here are a handful of the issues she covered. (“AF” is short for “alcohol-free” by the way!) Don’t keep re-setting the…

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dealing with emotional landscape

If you are used to dealing with emotional landscape, both good and bad, with alcohol then life suddenly feels very real when you go alcohol-free. Feeling emotions could lead you back to hit the f**k it button – but of course that would be silly. Learning a new set of skills for emotional intelligence is…

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sun and alcohol

We have romantic notions of opening a bottle of beer on a sunny afternoon. But for many of us that can rapidly descend into a bit of a messy early evening and a very painful morning after. And the combination of sun and alcohol can be pretty bad in other ways too. Carrie Roberts explains why.…

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