Clarity - Why its so hard to give up drinking

Club Soda member Rae Ritchie writes about fashion, beauty, mental health, gender; and sobriety. In this article she considers why it is so difficult to give up drinking. And she talks about the clarity that comes from being sober. Why is it so hard to give up drinking? This question has been much on mind this last…

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Preparing for Christmas

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…

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What to do post-MOB? 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!)…

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Best things about being alcohol-free

The best things about being alcohol-free It’s coming up to the end of Sober October, and whatever stage you’re at in your own journey, hopefully going alcohol-free has made you feel happier and healthier. Whether you’re just moderating or have cut out alcohol altogether, we’ve been thinking about what keeps you going through the difficult bits.…

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After a few months of successfully changing your drinking patterns, you might still find yourself plagued by that little voice of self-doubt that wonders why you did it in the first place. Club Soda member Helen wrote us a great piece that demonstrates a really useful exercise for times like this, and her “30 reasons…

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Fear is a Liar graffiti

Resisting drinking alcohol – focusing on the gains The discomfort of resisting drinking can sometimes be hard. You have to ride the discomfort and know it won’t kill you. Focusing on your gains, however small, can help. Member Joanna started a thread on just this topic. Here are her and Diane’s contributions. Things I love…

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Sipping The Booze Away

Sipping The Booze Away – Jon’s scientific method of quitting alcohol Club Soda member Jon shares his “scientific method” of slowly cutting down alcohol with the aim of quitting completely, and some creative hints and tips on how to do it. Background My last AF (alcohol-free) period lasted a few months about 10 years ago.…

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Coast Scene

Finding new hobbies after quitting drinking Julian has become a different person since quitting drinking. He has taken up many new hobbies at a time of life when he should be slowing down – and his new ambitions are high! Flying high because I don’t drink! This week I met up with an old school…

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quitting smoking and drinking

Alcohol and smoking Written by 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 offers some suggestions for…

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Julian at the bar

Julian Kirkman-Page, works in the City of London, is a keen member of Club Soda, and gave up alcohol forever two and half years ago. In his book ‘I Don’t Drink!’ he tells why and describes how he managed to quit drinking, and details the difference it has made to his life since. We first…

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