Updated: Jul 8
I’m Claire Owen, The Soberholic. I’m a mum, who used to drink 100 units of alcohol a week. Now I’ve discovered that I have more fun and more energy without alcohol.
Last year I was featured on ITV Wales News, BBC TWO, Daily Mail and in many glossy mags because I’m on a mission to ‘rebrand’ sober life and to help women who want to make a change.
What does soberholic mean?
Soberholic is a word featured in the Urban Dictionary
As a successful businesswoman, with 2 young children, I didn’t feel like I fit the profile of an alcoholic, so for years, I remained in denial that I had a problem. It was watching a close friend lose her life to an alcohol-related illness, that made me realise I was heading in the same direction and needed to make a change.
To me, the label ‘alcoholic,’ conjures up feelings of shame, guilt and fear. Once given that label, even when people break free and have been sober for years, the name ‘alcoholic’ still hangs over them.
I felt that it was time to shake things up. I wanted to reach out to women before they hit rock bottom, to increase their awareness of their relationship with alcohol and to help them have the confidence to take back control.
I wanted to come up with a new approach and a new way of looking at this – a label or term that women would want to identify with – one that would give the power back to them, not to the alcohol. Soberholic felt like the perfect fit.