Why I quit drinking alcohol and took a life coaching course after volunteering in a rehab centre.

My dream is to change things, I have a huge desire to be helpful, I want to make a difference and touch people with my message before they NEED traditional support or help.

I never imagined removing alcohol would have such a significant impact on my life and the lives of those around me. I was a regular mum who drank too much, a typical binge drinker.

I worked hard and played hard.

I didn't think I could quit and I didn't know if I wanted to.

I am Claire, I am a soberholic and this is my story.

I was always classed as the party girl, the first to arrive at a party, the last to leave, the first one on the dance floor, the loudest and the drunkest.

The advertising and Social Media memes had me convinced the mummy juice and the fizz was my friend. I was the girl you bought Prosecco and Gin gifts for. I was always full of tales from my latest drunken escapade.

I was drinking over 100 units per week. Usually at home in my Prosecco Princess Pyjamas, surrounded by the birthday cards and fridge magnets that told me I deserved it.

I was having fun, but secretly worried I was slipping out of control.

You see, I was depressed, anxious and miserable unless I was drinking. Alcohol had sucked all the life out of me; I had no energy to do much, so I would just drink instead.

It was an easy option, the glue holding my life together - or so I believed I was like most drinkers, I didn't identify myself as having a problem and I certainly would not have asked for help.

I was just having a laugh.