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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?”

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?”

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”

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”

Fifty days without a drink – three benefits

Reaching milestones has always been a way to keep myself motivated so hitting goals of number of days and weeks of not drinking has helped to encourage me to keep going. By 50 days AF (alcohol free) I was getting into the swing of things. I had faced a few hurdles and felt my mindsetContinue reading “Fifty days without a drink – three benefits”