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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?”

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?”

I knew my drinking had to change, I just didn’t know how to do it

For years I struggled with my drinking, wanting to cut back but finding it difficult to do so. The mental energy I spent on trying to figure out what I needed to do was exhausting. The conversation in my head went something like this: “But everyone around me drinks like me.” “It’s getting scary thatContinue reading “I knew my drinking had to change, I just didn’t know how to do it”

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”

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”

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”