Updated: Mar 20
I’m Claire Owen, The Soberholic. I’m a mum, who used to drink 100 units of alcohol a week. Now that I’ve realised the benefits of quitting drinking alcohol. I know now how energising and fun a life without alcohol can be, I’m keen to let everyone else know that too.
Recently featured on ITV Wales News, I’m on a mission to ‘rebrand’ sober life and help women who want to make a change.
Why I gave up alcohol, I realised a few years ago, that everything that I had believed about alcohol was a lie.
I thought I needed it to unwind, to have fun and to see me through tough times. Looking back though, the alcohol was preventing me from sleeping well, stopping me from dealing with my problems and making my life more difficult.
Living in a cycle of drink-regret-repeat, I was miserable. Watching a close friend lose her life to alcohol, was also the kick I needed to make changes in my own life. I knew I wanted more. It wasn’t easy. I was afraid of carrying on the way I was, but I was also afraid of change and fearful of what a sober life would look like. I felt stuck.
I tried reducing my alcohol intake, but for me that didn’t work. Finally, I made the decision to stop drinking altogether. I’m so glad that I did. I actually have more fun sober and I have the energy to enjoy it too.
How does alcohol affect our lives?
Drinking excessively, affects how we feel, how we look, our health and our relationships.
In this blog, I’m going to look at each of these areas in detail, talking about what each one looks like, with and without alcohol.
How does alcohol make you feel?
Alcohol acts as a stimulant and gives people a temporary buzz.
The problem is, that when the buzz subsides, it leaves you feeling more lethargic and more miserable than before. It interrupts R.E.M. sleep and leaves you feeling groggy. It’s a poisonous substance that affects your brain function, leading to poor decision making and frustration.
Imagine waking up every morning feeling refreshed, re-energised and able to cope well with the day ahead.
Having the mental clarity to make good choices, leads to a happier and more satisfying life.
How does alcohol affect our appearance?
Alcohol is a poison, pumping toxins into our body.
Heavy drinkers are more likely to have darkness around their eyes, wrinkles and acne.
Imagine having glowing skin and being able to naturally reduce the dark patches and wrinkles and to make the acne disappear.
How does alcohol affect our health?
As well as causing severe liver problems, alcohol affects us in many other ways, including causing physical and emotional damage and impairing our cognitive function. Add to that the knock-on effects caused by craving unhealthy food – increased risk of diabetes, obesity and heart problems and its clear to see why many people end up in hospital as a result of excessive drinking.
Imagine being fit and healthy enough to run around with your children or grandchildren or to be able to participate in sporting and adventurous activities without feeling breathless or exhausted.
How does alcohol affect our relationships?
Alcohol impairs judgement, rational thinking and balance. It gives you a false impression that things are OK. It can numb your feelings, make you appear insensitive to others and cause you to act impulsively, putting you and others at risk. It has a negative effect on all of your relationships – with friends, family and work colleagues.
Imagine being able to be a more patient, present and positive parent, imagine having the capability to make rational choices and decisions about what you want your life to look like.
What could life look like without alcohol?
The benefits of quitting alcohol amaze me. Would you like to have more time and money, more energy to have fun and a longer, happier, healthier life?
If so, what is holding you back?
As a recap here are the benefits of quitting alcohol it will improve
Your mental wellbeing
Your general health
AND save you tons of cash £££'s
How I can help you on your sober journey
As well as having been through the whole process myself of going from excessive drinking to sober, I’m also a sober coach, with qualifications in coaching and counselling. I can guide and support you through the process, with empathy and understanding, firm in the knowledge that my SOBER Goals programme works.
The difference between my programme and some of the other support available, is that the focus is shifted from what you are giving up to what you are gaining.
In this way, it’s all about aiming for lifestyle goals and less about willpower, so failure is not an issue. For less than the cost of a big night out on the booze, my brand new, £37 Secrets to Sober Success is a package of on-line videos and activities, can help you to discover and to work through what is holding you back.
It’s designed to lay the foundations for changing your relationship with alcohol.
I also offer a 7-week SOBER Goals support programme, comprising of videos and PDF files, for you to work through at your own pace. There is an additional option of a 1-1 support package too. I would love to be your sober pen pal.
Recently, I celebrated 3 years since my first day one.
Now I’m loving life like never before! I’m happier, healthier, more energised and having a lot more fun! I want to help others to achieve that too – to be so much more than sober.