What I Learned in My Year Without Alcohol
In this episode, Erin celebrates 365 days alcohol-free by reflecting on her experience and everything she learned. When we hear about someone being sober we assume they must have had a really tumultuous relationship with alcohol. In this conversation, Erin dispels the belief that you have to be at rock bottom to let go of alcohol and that sobriety is only for people who are addicted.
Unlike many individuals who are sober, Erin doesn’t relate to being an alcoholic or even having a bad relationship with alcohol. It doesn’t feel like a daily battle to stay sober. What started out as a plan to do ‘dry January’ to give her system a break and to reduce anxiety led her to ask, “Is alcohol really moving me closer or further from the person I want to become?”. Every time the answer was clear.
Grab your coffee, tea or glass of wine (zero judgment here!) and join Erin as she shares ;
- Why “Dry January” turned into a year of no alcohol
- The incredible shifts she noticed along the way
- Her recommendations for anyone thinking of reducing alcohol
“I got sober because I wanted a better life. I stayed sober because I got one.” – unknown
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SHORT ON TIME? Here are some key topics we covered…
0:00 – A Raw Intro
3:30 – The big (or not so big) reasons I decided to stop drinking alcohol
7:26 – Alcohol and anxiety – a dangerous dancing duo
9:00 – A cultural norm that’s taking a toll on our mind, body and soul
11:48 – How ‘Dry January’ turned into 12 months sober
15:00 – Dealing with peer pressure to drink when you’re not
17:27 – Famous people who don’t drink (so you remember you’re amongst good company)
21:00 – Sitting in the uncomfortable feelings I used alcohol to numb out
22:40 – The incredible shifts I experienced by removing alcohol from my life
25:35 – Needing alcohol to be “fun”
28:42 – Tips to support you if you’re interested in drinking less
32:15 – Some of my favourite non-alcoholic drinks
35:00 – Q & A : But I love red wine!!
35:40 – Q & A : What are most people’s reaction when you say you’re not drinking
36:30 – Q & A : I’m about to be a new mom and I’m worried about connecting with others when wine culture is so intertwined
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