One Year Booze Free

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Changing the UK to Minimize Binge Drinking

A while ago I wrote a post called, “Is there a cure for stupidity?” that discussed an idea that could work well for curing binge drinking too. It outlined a world where coffee shops and stylish, well kept community centres opened all night for groups to meet up and talk about their passions; play board games and cards; and drink their favourite beverages. Also, you could have open-house workshops (always big spaces) where you could take art lessons in things like woodwork or sculpture before relaxing with a coffee.

Today, I met a woman who inspired me to think a little bit more about this “it shouldn’t be all about the pubs at night” thought thread. Ant and I were sat in Churchill Square in Brighton enjoying the Spring sunshine and waiting for the shops to open. This young Chinese woman approached us, asking for information on the shops opening. When we said 10 or 11, she looked as if she didn’t understand. So I, of course repeated, using my fingers for 10 and 11. Read more…

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Things that still make me want to drink….

One and a half month’s in to my no-drinking project and I’ve got to say – it’s really not that bad. Most of the time, I’m happy not to drink. Sure, I get funny looks, hanging out at parties till 2 am, drinking mint tea, but so what? I felt great the next morning.

Yet despite the hangover free get-ups, I am human and there are still times when I miss a nice warm glass of red wine, such as: Read more…

What to replace alcohol with in Winter 2012

No, I’m not going to say water. I love it but it’s so boring, especially when you’re out with your friends or having a social gathering at someone’s house. You gotta have something delicious and fun. Something that looks more appealing than a large glass of red wine or a dark rum n coke (guess my two favourites). Here’s what I’ve discovered in the short time I’ve been a soberite.

Herbal Tea

No! Don’t roll you eyes. I’m serious.They’re great – …especially in the morning – apparently, hot water is good for your metabolism. Peppermint tea is a good one to start with. I’ve just discovered Tea Pigs. They’re absolutely amazing. I’ve just had a cup of popcorn tea. It sounds horrid but it tastes divine….much stronger than your average herbal tea. Read more…

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