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How did you stop worrying about how much you were drinking?

For years I tried to moderate my drinking but everything I tried seemed to make things worse, not better. I would try to drink only two or three glasses of wine … then would feel like I’d failed when I ended up drinking more. I tried to restrict myself to only drinking on weekends …Continue reading “How did you stop worrying about how much you were drinking?”

Why do you like to drink and why it’s an important question to ask?

Last week I wrote about how powerful it was for me to write a list of all the reasons why I wanted to take back control of my drinking. Why was it so important? Because it confirmed to me that I needed to make a change to the way I was drinking. It made me realise thatContinue reading “Why do you like to drink and why it’s an important question to ask?”

The power in asking why you want to change your drinking

Several years ago I got to the point where I’d had enough of the way I was drinking and, more importantly, how it was making me feel. I was sick of thinking about it all the time (planning when and how much I would drink, worrying about it, planning ways to cut back) I wasContinue reading “The power in asking why you want to change your drinking”

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?”

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”

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”

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?”