Psychologist Helen O’Connor shares with us her 12 tips and ideas for moderating and controlling alcohol at Christmas. Moderating and controlling alcohol This can be a time of (over) indulgence for many of us, with average alcohol consumption increasing by a staggering 40%. People who are or have been concerned about their drinking and are…

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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 FOMO

Psychologist Helen O’Connor shares with all Club Soda members her tips on dealing with FOMO – the Fear Of Missing Out! Missing out by not drinking? Depending on what kind of drinker you are, you might feel a particular sense of discomfort about missing out on experiences that everyone else is having when you change…

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Lara Croft navigating pitfalls

This post was written by Club Soda member and psychologist Helen O’Connor. Pitfalls when planning not to drink When we are trying to act in ways that are different to our usual routines and responses (like not drinking when we usually do), there are many ways we might be distracted from our new plan and…

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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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Drunk Dreams

Drunk dreams The first time I woke up from a dream where I had been drunk, it took me a few moments to realise that it had only been a dream. The relief that followed after that realisation was huge. But, what are drunk dreams? Are they the same for everyone? And, what do they…

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