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How to break the habit of drinking alcohol every evening

How to break the habit of drinking alcohol every evening
Breaking the nightly wine habit is something I struggled with for many years. I would vow to drink only on weekends, but then the end of the work day would arrive home itching for a glass of wine to “take the edge off.” This was often followed by an internal debate between two voices in my head. I’m sure you know the experience.  Continue reading

Why you feel anxiety a day after drinking

Why you feel anxiety a day after drinking
It's been a long time since my last hangover, however I still remember the panic attacks that would hit me the morning after a night of drinking. For most of my "social" drinking years (three decades' worth), I never considered the possibility that the anxiety I experienced was actually a symptom of withdrawal. Continue reading

How long does alcohol withdrawal last

How long does alcohol withdrawal last
For most social drinkers, there are few to no physical withdrawal symptoms other than what you experience during a hangover, which usually ends within 24 hours. The toughest challenge after quitting alcohol is overcoming the habit to drink Continue reading

What happens when you stop drinking

What happens when you stop drinking
There’s more to quitting drinking than eliminating hangovers. While a vow to quit drinking is often made in the throes of an epic hangover, if we dig deeper into the effect of alcohol on our bodies and minds, it’s clear that the benefits of sobriety include much more than headache prevention. Here, I’ve compiled the top benefits that happen when you stop drinking alcohol as well as timelines for the positive effects.  Continue reading

A bottle of wine a day

A bottle of wine a day
If you find yourself drinking a bottle of wine a day, you’re not alone. I personally know of many men and women who have admitted they do this. Typically, when they share this information with me, they conclude it with a question: Is that bad? Or, does that make me an alcoholic? Both of these are loaded questions that aren’t easily answered Continue reading

Year two of no booze: What now?

Year two of no booze: What now?
Today is exactly 15 months sober for me. I have not had a sip of alcohol since December 3, 2018. I've become so accustomed to not drinking anymore, that it almost seems like no big deal. But it is. Three years ago today, I could barely get through a night without a glass of wine, picking up a bottle of wine any day of the week to replenish a dwindling supply. Continue reading

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

What I learned from one year of no alcohol

What I learned from one year of no alcohol
I've passed the one year mark since I quit drinking alcohol. As of December 3, 2019, I've been one year sober. I'm super proud of this accomplishment! It wasn't easy, but so worth it. Here's what I learned from the experience: 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