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How to stop drinking alcohol

How to stop drinking alcohol

Wondering how to stop drinking? With the first year anniversary since I quit  creeping up, I'd like to share my top strategies for staying sober. While my goal was to reach one year without alcohol, now that I've (almost) reached it, I plan to continue on this path. The benefits of quitting drinking far outweigh those of continuing to drink. 

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Let's talk skin

Let's talk skin
Chances are pretty small that you haven't noticed how a night of drinking affects your skin the next morning. It sags, the wrinkles are a bit deeper, and no amount of expensive skin serum can brighten your complexion. When we're in our twenties,  the skin naturally bounces back to its former fresh glow. However, by the time we hit our forties and fifties, our skin needs all the help it can get to look a semblance of fresh.  Continue reading

Do this one thing to stop drinking alcohol

Do this one thing to stop drinking alcohol
I spent years trying to quit drinking, then failing, before I finally was able to fully commit to a sober lifestyle. While there are many strategies I used to adopt an alcohol-free life, I found this one simple action was instrumental to keeping me on the path to quit drinking alcohol for good. Continue reading

Why I blog about not drinking

Why I blog about not drinking
There are two main reasons why I blog about my sobriety journey. One is for my own personal benefit and the other is for those considering, or are already on, a similar path. I want to be clear that I do not blog to guilt or shame anyone into quitting alcohol. I drank far too much, and for too long, to judge anyone on his or her drinking habits.  Continue reading

The strange experience of being sober at a concert

The strange experience of being sober at a concert
I'm not a big concert-goer. Every once in a while a friend invites me to a concert in Toronto and I say yes. Last night was one of those occasions. With my boyfriend living 4000 km away, the social outings are slim this summer. So, when my girlfriend had an itch to head to Toronto to see Blue Rodeo and Sam Roberts Band outside, I jumped at it. Of course, as a former social drinker, the usual questions arose. Continue reading

Going to bed at 9:30pm on Saturday

Going to bed at 9:30pm on Saturday
I'm falling asleep on the couch as I watch an episode of Amazing Race. I can't keep my eyes open after a busy day of errands, long walks, gardening and hanging out with my son. It's just past 9 p.m. I'm tired and, frankly, my bed is summoning me. I should mention that it's a Saturday night.  Continue reading

Take the gift of a new routine

Take the gift of a new routine
Although a change in routine may be a strange way to describe embracing sobriety, it was actually one of the biggest hurdles I faced in overcoming my reliance on the stuff. Routines, after all, by their very nature provide us comfort and security. We come to rely on our daily patterns so intensely that when one of them falls away, it can be extremely destabilizing and distressing. Continue reading

Substitutes for wine

Substitutes for wine
A tremendous part of the clarity journey is self-exploration. By that, I mean you'll be asking yourself a gazillion questions as you come to understand why you want to drink so badly, and how you can overcome that desire once and for all. One of the first places you'll likely start is determining what it is about the drinking experience, itself, that is so alluring.  Continue reading