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Ask me anything: Will taking a break affect my relationship?

Question:  I want to take a break from drinking but I’m worried it will change my relationship with my partner. Any advice? Answer: One of my main concerns when I stopped drinking was how it would affect my relationship. I saw drinking as an important part of our lives and I was worried that thingsContinue reading “Ask me anything: Will taking a break affect my relationship?”

Why mangoes are easier to moderate than wine

Mangoes are my favourite fruit. Not only do they taste amazing, but the mere taste of mango also conjures up summer – holidays, sunshine and relaxation. So what does that have to do with moderation you may ask? Well, as much as I love mangoes I’ve never had to moderate my consumption of them. Sure,Continue reading “Why mangoes are easier to moderate than wine”

Ask me anything: “I’m never drinking again.” Until I do!

Question: I often wake up feeling awful after drinking too much the night before and think: ‘I will never drink again’ or ‘I’m going to take a break’. But by that afternoon or later that week I cave in and have a drink. Why am I so weak willed and how can I change thisContinue reading “Ask me anything: “I’m never drinking again.” Until I do!”

Six tips to help you go alcohol free this January

If you overindulged this festive season and have decided to take a break from booze during January, these top six tips will help you enjoy the experience rather than white knuckle it through the month. And, if you’re planning on taking a longer break from alcohol, then this may just be the kick start youContinue reading “Six tips to help you go alcohol free this January”

Six book recommendations for when you’re rethinking your drinking

Until I decided to take a break from drinking I didn’t realise there was a whole genre of books referred to as ‘quit lit’ (quitting drinking literature). They include memoirs, how-to guides and self-help books. I’ve listed my top six but there are many more. The common thread between my top six is that theyContinue reading “Six book recommendations for when you’re rethinking your drinking”

How is your end of year looking?

Are you feeling the joy and peace of the season or is it more a case of stress and overindulgence? In the past, this time of year for me was definitely the latter. Too much food, spending too much money and drinking too much. End-of-year parties, catch-ups with friends, Christmas itself – it was exhausting.Continue reading “How is your end of year looking?”

Using alcohol to numb the pain

When I look back to when my relationship with drinking changed, I realise it was when I started to use it as a crutch to deal with stressful situations. One of the most traumatic times in my life was when I separated from the father of my children and was going through the stress ofContinue reading “Using alcohol to numb the pain”

Ask me anything: How do I navigate end-of-year festivities?

Question: I’m taking a break from drinking but there are a lot of end-of-year parties and get-togethers coming up. Any tips for getting through this boozy period? Answer: Drinking is very much associated with the festive season. Work parties, end-of-year get-togethers with friends, Christmas lunches, holiday drinks. Whatever the social occasions you have on your calendar, this canContinue reading “Ask me anything: How do I navigate end-of-year festivities?”

Ask me anything: What does it mean to be sober curious

Question: What does it mean to be sober curious? Answer: The Macquarie Dictionary has shortlisted ‘sober curious’ for its Word of the Year 2021, defining it as ‘having an interest in reducing one’s consumption of alcohol or in giving it up altogether’.  The fact that sober curious is being considered as a new term thatContinue reading “Ask me anything: What does it mean to be sober curious”

Ask me anything: How do I manage negative emotions without alcohol?

Question: I’m upset, sad or down. My first instinct is to reach for a drink to ‘drown my sorrows’. How do I cope with negative emotions without turning to alcohol? Answer: The fact that we have a phrase to describe how we drink to cope with sad feelings – drowning our sorrows – shows justContinue reading “Ask me anything: How do I manage negative emotions without alcohol?”