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 it's 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?
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