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Am I the only one who is questioning my drinking?

When I first started worrying about how much I was drinking and whether I was heading into dangerous territory, I thought I was alone. Friends and family who were drinkers fell into two groups: Those who barely drank – the ones who could sit on one glass of wine for two hours taking a smallContinue reading “Am I the only one who is questioning my drinking?”

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”

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”

How to cope when it seems that chaos is on every corner

Right now it seems that the world is going to hell in a handbasket. A bit dramatic? Generally I try to be a glass-half-full person but it can be hard to stay positive when there is so much tragedy and chaos around. The Russia Ukraine conflict is devastating, COVID is still hanging around with threatsContinue reading “How to cope when it seems that chaos is on every corner”

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?”

How do you know if you’re drinking too much?

Have you ever Googled “Am I drinking too much?” or “How much alcohol is too much?”. A recent study published in the Drug and Alcohol Review journal, shows about 21 per cent of women between 45 and 60 are now drinking at ‘binge-drinking’ levels. That was definitely my situation but I didn’t consider it ‘bingeContinue reading “How do you know if you’re drinking too much?”

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”

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?”

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”