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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!”

Six tips to help you go alcohol free this January

If you overindulged this festive season and have decided to take a break from booze during January, these top six tips will help you enjoy the experience rather than white knuckle it through the month. And, if you’re planning on taking a longer break from alcohol, then this may just be the kick start youContinue reading “Six tips to help you go alcohol free this January”

Six book recommendations for when you’re rethinking your drinking

Until I decided to take a break from drinking I didn’t realise there was a whole genre of books referred to as ‘quit lit’ (quitting drinking literature). They include memoirs, how-to guides and self-help books. I’ve listed my top six but there are many more. The common thread between my top six is that theyContinue reading “Six book recommendations for when you’re rethinking your drinking”

Using alcohol to numb the pain

When I look back to when my relationship with drinking changed, I realise it was when I started to use it as a crutch to deal with stressful situations. One of the most traumatic times in my life was when I separated from the father of my children and was going through the stress ofContinue reading “Using alcohol to numb the pain”

Ask me anything: How do I manage negative emotions without alcohol?

Question: I’m upset, sad or down. My first instinct is to reach for a drink to ‘drown my sorrows’. How do I cope with negative emotions without turning to alcohol? Answer: The fact that we have a phrase to describe how we drink to cope with sad feelings – drowning our sorrows – shows justContinue reading “Ask me anything: How do I manage negative emotions without alcohol?”

How alcohol-free drinks helped me take a break from booze

When I decided to take a break from alcohol one of my biggest concerns was what to drink instead, especially in social situations. Drinking is such an integral part of socialising that life without alcohol brought up images of everyone clinking their glasses of wine while I sat forlornly in a corner nursing a plasticContinue reading “How alcohol-free drinks helped me take a break from booze”

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”

The five senses approach to mindfulness

For those of us who have minds that seem to be more cluttered that a hoarder’s home – which I would guess is most of us – it can be difficult to pull ourselves out of our heads and experience the world around us. One of the reasons I drank was to reduce stress. IContinue reading “The five senses approach to mindfulness”