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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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. So, to help you think about…

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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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Transformation: life changes without alcohol

Club Soda member Kim shares her personal and moving story with us, and the many transformations she has undergone since stopping drinking ten months ago. From the last time she drank, to the journey of self-discovery since, she shares her shifting relationships with old friends, new friends and disco baths. On the 2nd December 2015…

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When your partner drinks

Relationships are difficult whether you are drinking or not, and even more so when your partner drinks and you’re trying not to. Your changing relationship with alcohol may challenge those closest to you, or even expose how much of the time you spend with intimate partners is alcohol fuelled. Dealing with this rather than sulking…

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deep self-care

Sometimes our own self-limiting beliefs trip us up. They play into the hands of our internal saboteur. So on the webinar today we talk about how to recognise what those limiting beliefs are, how to use our strengths, and finding ways to care for ourselves that may take some practice to achieve. Taming your inner…

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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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How do you sleep? Positions

Mindfulness expert Andy Hix writes about sleeping and alcohol: How mindful sleeping can help your mindful drinking. Sleep deprived? I got back from a stag do in Berlin at 2am last night and woke up at about 8.30. I feel depleted! Nine months ago, though, that would have been not far off a normal night for…

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