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Drinking too much when you’re stressed, anxious or angry?

Using alcohol to escape from stress, anxiety and anger is so common and one of the reasons why many of us slide into unhealthy drinking patterns. It was certainly a regular pattern for me. If I was stressed, anxious, angry or experienced any ‘negative feeling’, I would have a drink so I that I didn’tContinue reading “Drinking too much when you’re stressed, anxious or angry?”

You need to drink to have a good time, don’t you?

I’ve recently had family visiting from overseas and, after three years apart, there has been a lot of catching up. We’ve had beach holidays, girls’ weekends, big family gatherings, lunches, dinners – and at all of these celebrations, there has been booze. In the past, I would have been indulging with everyone else and wouldContinue reading “You need to drink to have a good time, don’t you?”

Can alcohol-free drinks help you cut back or stop drinking?

The alcohol-free drinks market is booming, which is great news if you’re trying to control your drinking. Why? Because the greater the choice of alcohol-free options, the more chance you’ll find some alternatives to your usual tipple. In a recent interview with SmartCompany, I was asked to comment on why I thought there was such an increaseContinue reading “Can alcohol-free drinks help you cut back or stop drinking?”

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What’s a grey area drinker and how to tell if you are one?

Are you worried that you’re drinking too much but you know you’re not an alcoholic? Your drinking is not causing chaos in your life – you are not racking up drink driving offences or neglecting your family and work commitments. However, you know that the way you are drinking is not good for your healthContinue reading “What’s a grey area drinker and how to tell if you are one?”

Top tips for Dry July … or any time you want to take a break from drinking

Happy 1 July, which officially means we’re in the second half of the year! It’s also the start of Dry July so if you’re planning to take a break from drinking this month, I’ve listed some tips below to help you to enjoy being alcohol free rather than white knuckling through the 31 days. SocialisingContinue reading “Top tips for Dry July … or any time you want to take a break from drinking”

How mindful drinking changed the way I drank

Mindfulness seems to be the mental health cure-all of our times. Feeling stressed and overwhelmed? Mediate every day. Eating too much? Try mindful eating. Want to shrug off the stresses of everyday life? Do some forest breathing (that’s walking in nature if you were wondering!) It seems that there is a mindfulness practice for everythingContinue reading “How mindful drinking changed the way I drank”

“I’m stressed and drinking too much – any advice?”

In the ‘Dear Rach’ series I answer questions about drinking and alcohol. If you have a question you’d like me to answer, please email me. Dear Rach, My life recently has been very stressful. My husband and I are going through a rough patch, my teenage daughter has become very withdrawn and I’m worried that myContinue reading ““I’m stressed and drinking too much – any advice?””

Podcast interview: How to give up alcohol and still have a social life

I really enjoyed my conversation on the Menopause, Marriage and Motherhood podcast chatting with Karen O’Connor about the reasons I chose to go alcohol free. why I chose to take a break from drinking,  why you don’t have to hit a rock bottom to rethink your drinking and  that your social life doesn’t have toContinue reading “Podcast interview: How to give up alcohol and still have a social life”

I knew my drinking had to change, I just didn’t know how to do it

For years I struggled with my drinking, wanting to cut back but finding it difficult to do so. The mental energy I spent on trying to figure out what I needed to do was exhausting. The conversation in my head went something like this: “But everyone around me drinks like me.” “It’s getting scary thatContinue reading “I knew my drinking had to change, I just didn’t know how to do it”

As a weekend drinker, long weekends were great … until they weren’t

When I was trying (and failing) to moderate I put all sorts of restrictions on myself, one of which was restricting myself to only drinking on weekends. Being a weekend drinker meant that long weekends were a real ‘treat’ as I was ‘allowed’ extra drinking days. This is actually how I bargained with myself –Continue reading “As a weekend drinker, long weekends were great … until they weren’t”

Are you a keen exerciser but also enjoy a drink? You’re not alone

I saw the following post on my Facebook Memories the other day and it reminded me how I used to justify my drinking, even when I was trying to stay fit. The Facebook post, from nine years ago, reads: “Just finished Kokoda Grunt – a 13km run (7km uphill) with 26 challenges. The whole thingContinue reading “Are you a keen exerciser but also enjoy a drink? You’re not alone”

Thinking of taking a break from drinking? Are you giving up or gaining?

Are you about to complete FebFast? Or maybe you are planning to give Dry July a go. If you’ve ever taken a break from drinking, how was the experience? Was it a month of feeling like you were missing out or did you enjoy it? When I was trying (unsuccessfully) to moderate my drinking, IContinue reading “Thinking of taking a break from drinking? Are you giving up or gaining?”

Ditching drinking – one of the biggest wellness trends right now

In an Australian Women’s Health story published this week, I shared my experience as an alcohol coach, commenting on the rise in people choosing to quit drinking. It certainly is something that I, and others in the industry, are seeing. I was quoted in the article, saying: “We are hearing from more and more peopleContinue reading “Ditching drinking – one of the biggest wellness trends right now”

Are you sick and tired of feeling sick and tired?

Recently I was sick – not with COVID thankfully – but my symptoms did include headaches, fatigue and low energy levels. They were similar to the after effects of a night of drinking. Headaches from dehydration Fatigue from not sleeping well Low energy due to alcohol sapping my energy reserves When we are sick with aContinue reading “Are you sick and tired of feeling sick and tired?”

Will not drinking affect my relationship

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?”

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