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Doing It by Numbers – A Positive Approach to Reducing the Social and Public Health Harms Caused by Alcohol By Lucy Rocca

An article published earlier this year in the Journal of Psychopharmacology, entitled ‘Doing it by numbers: A simple approach to reducing the harms of alcohol’ by David J Nutt and Jürgen Rehm, proposes certain measures which would work towards reducing the social and public health harms caused by alcohol. It is a report which makes an awful lot of sense in that it approaches the problem of excessive alcohol consumption in an honest....Read more. Posted 11th October.



How to Lead a Happier, Healthier and Alcohol-Free Life: The Rise of the Soberista An extract from the new book by Lucy Rocca

“Hit the bottom and get back up; or hit the bottle and stay down.” – Anthony Liccione

I defined myself by my dependency on alcohol for twenty years. I was a wino, a boozer, a good-time girl. Nights out did not happen unless they were structured around drinking; nights in spent not under the influence were hours wasted, time to get out of the way before the real living began once more and another bottle was opened....Read more. Posted 27th September.



The Dry Umbrella – Manchester’s First Alcohol-Free Bar Propels the Sober Revolution By Lucy Rocca

I’m going to be brutally honest; I do not enjoy socialising with people for whom the priority of their evening is to get pissed. Even a little bit pissed. The company of those who are under the influence is something I’ve never missed since quitting....Read more. Posted 13th September.



Filling the Bottle-Shaped Hole By Karen Perkins

The most recent Soberistas webinar which took place at the end of September was presented by life coach, Karen Perkins. Karen talked in great detail about filling the bottle-shaped hole, a phenomenon to which everyone who quits drinking will almost certainly relate; all those hours of spare time during which.... Read more. Posted 11th October.



Practical Support For Achieving A Hangover Free Life: Your Guide to Quitting For Good By Louise Rowlinson

On 21st September 2013 I took my last drink. As a nurse who has cared for alcoholic liver disease patients and whose own father was a daily drinker, I have seen the impact of booze on both my patients physically, and on my father....Read more. Posted 30th August.


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How my mind works

Posted by longtimecoming on October 25, 2014 at 18:35 1 Comment

Ok so I am going to write this down because at some point I will read it and see how my pathetic somewhat childish brain thinks.

I am always late for work, always.  I have no concept of time whatsoever, if I have to meet someone at 10am, I…


moderating still popping up in my mind

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Went out to lunch with my husband country pub food was lovely atmosphere lovely not drinking not lovely I felt really hard done by last Time I was in this pub I drank I remember it as a gorgeous afternoon this one felt just plain boring I felt…


It really has affected my work now

Posted by Alice on October 25, 2014 at 13:15 2 Comments

I had a second blip on Wednesday after having done 6 weeks with one other blip the Friday before. The Wednesday was mid week and I was at work the next day. I avoided the site because I was determined to go for the wine and I just couldn't get it… Continue

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Hello everyone,

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No rain in May!

Started by Catherine55 in General discussions. Last reply by Jayne 42 minutes ago. 3581 Replies

I have been a member of Soberistas from the start and it has been a huge part of my AF journey. I have my ticket but I'm not at my destination yet. I go from being a few weeks AF to a week of drinking a bottle of wine a night. Sobriety is a huge…Continue

For everyone who has had enough and wants to start a better life

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I have been struggling lately due to a member of family passing away, and I have to be honest I have been trying to do this for a few months now, but constantly seem to have blips. One thing I know is that I really want the AF life and feel so much…Continue

Jumping on again...

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I have been lurking and reading for a while now & this morning made the decision to become Alcohol Free. A big step as I drink every day. I have cut down/cut out in the past but I have come to realize that moderation is not something I can…Continue

Alcohol free wine?

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Hi everyone, just wondered if anyone had any thoughts on alcohol free wine, I know AA says you shouldn't substitute alcohol, but I'm not sure I see the harm, is it really that different to having  a glass of elderflower, or a tonic and lime, is it…Continue


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