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Dry January tips to stay sober

Dry January tips to stay sober
It's almost the midway point for Dry January. If you've made it this far, congratulations! For many people, it's a huge challenge to even go one week without a drink. Two weeks? Double the struggle. If you're hoping to survive the entire 31 days without alcohol, but are now wondering if you can do it, here are some quick tips to stay the course. (And P.S., yes, you can do it.) Continue reading

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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From sober curious to just curious

From sober curious to just curious
For someone in the early stages of quitting alcohol, the struggle can feel downright miserable. It's easy to focus on the downside of sobriety when you're trying to quit drinking. 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

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

250 days alcohol-free

250 days alcohol-free
Today marks the 250th alcohol-free day. When I shared this with my girlfriend on our walk this morning, she was very impressed. Good for you! she exclaimed. It felt good to hear her say that. After having gone this long without alcohol, it really doesn't feel like that huge of a deal. But, I have to recognize that it's a huge accomplishment, especially considering I could barely manage 30 days without booze only one year ago. Continue reading

Being the sober party girl

Being the sober party girl
Everyone looks forward to the weekends. That's a no-brainer. For those who enjoy a libation-filled weekend, a big part of the weekend plans often include get togethers -- neighbourhood parties, dinner parties, meeting for drinks on a patio. Like every other drinker I've ever known, I often couldn't wait to start sipping my favourite alcoholic bevies.  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