In the UK in November it’s alcohol awareness week. I have participated in this for about 10 years in some way. Basically, it’s a good chance to raise awareness of different issues relating to alcohol.
This year is all about change.
So I thought I would ask the ladies in the amazing Women who dont drink Facebook group - "What is one thing you have changed, that helped you, to reduce, take a break or stop drinking?"
This is what they said:
I changed my mindset from, this is too big a challenge, I can’t do it, to: I am going to try, really try.
I can honestly say that the Women Who Don’t Drink group has helped me immensely. When I get a craving, I login to women who don't drink and read posts of ladies going through the same experience, encouraging one and other to stay focused as to why we chose to stay AF.
My mindset definitely but that only changed when I accepted that this was MY problem and took full...
This is a challenge for business owner’s and leaders to provide an environment that works for many different generations.
It’s a no brainer and I am sure any employer, manager or leader knows that when your employees are under the influence of anything it effects their performance.
It is estimated that 17 million working days are lost each year due to alcohol alone.
So why is it that something that causes us so many problems in our society is an acceptable part of doing business in some working environments?
Alcohol is a drug and if all drugs where re-classified today, alcohol would be a class A...
At last count a study said that there are 8-14 million working days lost a year due to our alcohol use. That equates to £7 billion due to lost productivity through unemployment and sickness.
http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/indg240.pdf Dont mix it a guide for employers.
That’s a crazy amount of money and days lost if you are an employer.
However it’s not surprising as we are a nation of drinkers. Approximately 9 million people drink over the recommended guidelines; that’s the population of London.
Some of us will remember a time (it may still be happening in some work places) when alcohol was a lubricant to business deals; a lunchtime meeting with wine, an early evening with scotch. We like a drink and there is nothing wrong with that (in moderation), as long as it’s not causing you any problems.
Some questions for you.
· Do you drink...
Anxiety is something that comes up quite a bit in my line of work. Not for me personally. Well, obviously I experience some anxiety from time to time, because I am a human being. But it’s not debilitating or an issue for me.
It comes up in my groups and 1-1 coaching.
If anxiety is an issue, where alcohol and drugs are concerned; the first thing to do is to deal with the substance. Most drugs are going to make this worse and alcohol is no different. A side effect of drinking alcohol is anxiety. We can also experience anxiety after drinking and if we withdraw from alcohol.
For the majority of people when they take a break from alcohol the anxiety will significantly reduce. For some it will still be there. But there are things you can to do to help. Don’t give up, try things and get yourself a tool box of stuff that works. Things that either give you a break from the anxiety or help you manage it. Anxiety takes up a lot of energy and can be really...
When you get a group of women together there is a lot of wisdom there. I am not being sexist, I am sure it’s the same if you had a group of men.
I run a super supportive online community for women who want to change their relationship to alcohol. So, I and the ladies have access to 2500 ladies with a wealth of knowledge and experience with life.
Women from all walks of life, all over the world, different backgrounds and different struggles.
But we all come together to support each other to make healthier choices. Because when we feel good everything else is easier and everyone else wins. Our kids, our partners, our families, work colleague’s, friends and animals. It’s a win, win.
I recently asked them what their top tip for living was?
This is what they said:
The Lovely Dry Drinker sent us a box of different alcohol-free drinks to try. Personally, I don’t know a lot about different alcohol-free drinks, when I started out, it was lime and soda all the way, or water. But now it’s a very different story and Dry drinker seems to have great selection and something for everyone.
Now I know the 0.5% drinks cause a bit of controversy, but here is the thing, there can be 0.5% alcohol in orange juice, in a banana, its in Kombucha. But its horses for courses, your body, your choice, if it doesn’t work for you, then don’t do it. However, my experience is finding a good alcohol-free drink can really work for some people.
This is what the amazing Women Who Don’t Drink said about some of the drinks that dry drinker sent us,...
The day has finally come where we have a report that reflects what I have been seeing for quite some time. I teach people how to stop drinking and I ran a very successful alcohol service for years so have had the privilege of working with some great researchers and trainers.
I know that alcohol is an issue, I have seen it, I also know it doesn’t take that much alcohol for there to be a problem.
However, for years now we have had this ridiculous thing where at least half of the information we have in the media and from some professionals, is incorrect. Like a cardiologist telling you it's ok for you to drink moderately after a heart attack. Or your mental health worker telling you moderate drinking is ok if you have anxiety and depression and my all-time personal fave a midwife telling you it's ok to drink whilst pregnant.
There have been so many problems with this. First let's take the word moderate. This means different things to different people. Then...
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I am sure you are thinking she isn’t even in a long-term relationship so how does she know. Well, my Mum and Dad were together for 50 years, until Dad died. Then I have a good number of female friends. Very close female friends actually; that have done it and are still doing it. As we all know, if you are in a long term committed relationship it’s a work in progress. And I have noticed some correlations between living alcohol free and maintaining a relationship.
When you are in a long-term relationship with someone, you don’t give up on them. Well you might feel like it, you might have down time. But you love them, so you understand, life isn’t always simple and straight forward and people definitely aren’t. You practice patience, commitment and understanding.
You take the rough with the smooth. You know it isn’t always going to be moonlight, roses and hot sex (well it might be for some, of which I am very happy for...
1. Be nice: “It’s nice to be nice” is a favourite quote from one of my favourite people. Its simple really. Be nice. It feels good for the person on the receiving end and yourself and it can make someone’s day. It doesn’t cost anything to be nice. Cover them with kindness, sprinkle that shit everywhere.
2. Don’t sweat the small stuff: Seriously if you can master this one your life will be so much easier and happier. About half of what you worry about, if not more, you really don’t need to. Try this, if you were to die in 3 months what would you do? I bet 70% of what is on your to...