Updated: Jul 8
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.