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“How much did you drink?” Why I realised that was the wrong question

When I first decided to take a break from drinking, a few people asked me how much I was drinking. They didn’t come right out and say it but I could guess they were thinking something along the lines of “Oh my God – I didn’t realise she was that bad”! I would guess thatContinue reading ““How much did you drink?” Why I realised that was the wrong question”

How can I change the way I drink?

The question – “How can I change the way I drink?” – was recently sent through to me and I thought it was one that many of you may have. It was certainly a question I struggled with. After years of trying to moderate my drinking (spoiler alert: it didn’t work) I finally changed theContinue reading “How can I change the way I drink?”

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”

Ask me anything: Why am I able to drink more than I used to?

Many years ago I had a night away with a friend where, over the course of the evening, we polished off two bottles of wine. We were sharing our experiences of being newly separated single mothers who were struggling to make ends meet and, while it might sound a bit glum, we also had aContinue reading “Ask me anything: Why am I able to drink more than I used to?”

Take a break from drinking without white knuckling it

Whenever I would take a break from drinking, such as Dry January or FebFast, I would follow a similar pattern. The first few days I would be inspired and motivated so would find it fairly easy. “Nailing it” – I would think! But as each day went on, the novelty would wear off until byContinue reading “Take a break from drinking without white knuckling it”

How I overcame my struggle to moderate my drinking

I can’t remember exactly when I decided that I wanted to moderate my drinking but I do know that period in my life was one of the most painful. I spent years trying all sorts of things to try to moderate wondering why it was hard and wanting to go back to being a ‘normal’Continue reading “How I overcame my struggle to moderate my drinking”

Unexpected benefits of taking a break from drinking

When I took a break from drinking I wanted to sleep better, no longer wake up with a hangover and never have hazy memories of what I said or did the night before! What I didn’t factor in were all the unexpected benefits of not consuming alcohol. It seems that your body and mind rewardContinue reading “Unexpected benefits of taking a break from drinking”

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?”

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!”

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?”