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My love / hate relationship with drinking

I can’t pinpoint exactly when my relationship with drinking turned from being casual to something a bit more toxic. The analogy of the frog in boiling water helps to explain this. The story goes that if you were to put a frog in boiling water it would jump straight out but if you put itContinue reading “My love / hate relationship with drinking”

How to socialise when you’re not drinking

Until I decided to take a break from drinking I didn’t realise how much my social life revolved around alcohol. Catch up with the girls = long lunch with wine Birthday celebration = pop the champers Date night at a restaurant = what’s on the wine list? I was worried that if I took aContinue reading “How to socialise when you’re not drinking”

Beer yoga is now a thing – is nowhere safe from our expanding drinking culture?

A craft brewery near me hosts beer yoga sessions – named beer and bend – that they market as the perfect way to end the day. Is it really? The location is fantastic. I can imagine doing yoga on a lawn overlooking the river as the sun goes down. But adding a beer into theContinue reading “Beer yoga is now a thing – is nowhere safe from our expanding drinking culture?”

I thought ditching alcohol would mean switching the light off

For years I knew that I was drinking too much alcohol, yet I would never have considered going alcohol free. To me, giving up alcohol was a drastic measure for those really in the grips of an addiction. It was something that people had to do because they had hit rock bottom, not something anyoneContinue reading “I thought ditching alcohol would mean switching the light off”

Alcohol and Me – a dysfunctional love story

My relationship with alcohol is the story of an on again-off again, highly dysfunctional love affair. Booze has been my buddy throughout most of my adult life – my partying friend, my shoulder to cry on and a supporter when I was feeling stressed. Or so I thought. Alcohol was more like an abusive partnerContinue reading “Alcohol and Me – a dysfunctional love story”

Review: McGuigan Zero Alcohol Sparkling

A glass of sparkling wine on a summer’s day or to celebrate a special occasion signals fun, happiness, sunshine and – quite possibly – gorgeous people dressed in pastels. I used to buy into that bullshit because it was marketed so well. In fact, sparkling wine is so synonymous with good times that I wouldContinue reading “Review: McGuigan Zero Alcohol Sparkling”

Three tips to enjoy an alcohol-free month

Taking a month-long break from drinking has become so popular that we can now refer to periods on the calendar with sober-related puns – Febfast, Dry July and Octsober.If you are planning to take a break from the booze but don’t want to spend the month hibernating in front of the television and declining allContinue reading “Three tips to enjoy an alcohol-free month”