How to discard alcohol as your comfort blanket

Dawn discarded alcohol as her comfort blanket and gave up drinking on 27th November 2016. After having a sober Christmas, New Year and smashing Dry January, she started writing a blog to chart her year of sobriety. Here are some of her sober musings about leaving alcohol behind and rewarding yourself in other ways. Have…

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How to have bad days without a drink

Bad days are normal Everyone has bad days. Mostly we have ‘ok’ days, and ok days are normal too. We keep being told (by other people’s Facebook feeds, the media, and advertising) that our days should be full of joyous belly laughs and feelings of love. But the reality is that a majority of ‘ok’ days…

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Giving up alcohol can make you crave chocolate

Alcoholics vs puddings 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…

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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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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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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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How to change your drinking – tips and tricks This post has some general ideas, tips and tricks on how to change your drinking, whether you want to cut down, stop for a bit, or quit completely. Many are very simple – why not try some of them out, and see what works for you!…

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Until Further Notice Celebrate Everything

Alcohol as reward After a tough day at the laptop, or eight hours of childcare, a stiff gin and tonic doesn’t feel like a treat, but a God-given right. the ultimate reward. This isn’t surprising, since the connection between alcohol and reward runs deep in our culture. Thousands of years ago our ancestors would drink…

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365 Things I enjoy (362 of which aren't alcohol)

Lior Smith is a good friend of Club Soda. Her insight helped us at the very beginning, deciding what Club Soda was and was not. She generously shared her knowledge and enthusiasm. After a few tricky few months, she started to write down the things she enjoyed. It turned into a list of 365 and she…

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Matt Chittock - Club Soda Member

Founder Member and writer Matt Chittock shares his internal dialogue at the end of a stressful day, and how he has had to reassess the way he uses alcohol as a reward. But what does he do instead? Stress, alcohol and rewards After a tough day at the laptop, or eight hours of childcare, a stiff gin and…

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