I Stopped Drinking for One Month – This is What I Learnt

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By Carolyn Swaisland I decided to take a month off drinking. This had been something I had always wanted to do, but never felt strong enough to be able to follow through with (as concerning as that feels to type). There was always an excuse – someone’s birthday, someone’s leaving drinks, a big party, a big event, anything. Looking back, they were more than just excuses – I was scared I couldn’t follow through, and I was afraid to prove to myself (as I have in many areas of my…

How I Stopped Drinking and Started Living

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By Robert Grobbelaar I don’t believe that there is a one-size-fits all solution for getting sober. We’re all so different and are in different circumstances and what worked for me may not work for another. It only makes sense that each of us will have to find a path that suits our lives. If you ask me how I did it I am still a little baffled and feel so utterly blessed! I do however think that some principles were key to me getting clean and sober, and they could…

Alcohol-Free Dating and Sex…In the City

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In my 17 odd months of (mostly) sober living, I have discovered a whole new fascinating world that is alcohol-free (AF) dating! Before my more AF days, dating was everything and anything but free from booze, nor was it really ‘dating’. Instead, this usually entailed meeting some guy at a bar, drinking copious amounts of alcohol and shouting conversation over blaring renditions of Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody. Drink after drink would be consumed and the night would become blurrier and blurrier and then sometimes even fade completely as periods of blackouts…