9 February 2021 — DrinkCoach
I’m beginning to see the impact. A 14 unit week and I feel great. It’s now not about what I have lost but what I have gained. The spectre of booze has diminished, it’s not in the rear view mirror of my mind anymore.
I realised that from Monday to Thursday I didn’t drink once and not only that I didn’t even think about it. Not once. Other things now take the place where alcohol once stood. Stressed, I’ll go for a run; feeling like I need a pick me up, I’ll call…
3 February 2021 — DrinkCoach
I cut the quote to the title of this blog short as it seemed a bit morbid. What I wanted to write about today was how much better I am sleeping now that I have laid off the booze. I thought I was sleeping relatively well. It turns out I was not. I’ll go through the problems I was having that I had incorrectly put down to just getting old.
My bladder: still up for the job. You will wake up in the night if you drink large quantities of liquid directly before…
2 February 2021 — DrinkCoach
“We go again” the mantra that Liverpool Football Club used which took them (among other things) to their first league win since… a long time. What I am asking though is how do we maintain behaviour once we have established it? Whether that’s winning football matches, practising the piano or in my case reducing my alcohol intake.
You make that initial change and it seems quite easy but then, then you start to feel it: an invisible weight that’s snowballing behind you gathering momentum, picking up speed, looming over you all the time…
27 January 2021 — DrinkCoach
Some days it just seems too hard, why bother, why not take the path of least resistance, to accept I like a drink and so I should just drink, it’s easy. So let’s go to the fridge and open a beer, except past Me, me when I was fully engaged with reducing my alcohol intake, has not restocked the fridge.
In fact there’s no alcohol in the house other than the weird spirits shelf that no one touches (what even is vermouth?) Interesting point is that I never crave this form of alcohol…
25 January 2021 — DrinkCoach
“Those who don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it”
- Churchill, Santayana, Me
It’s all gone wrong, belly up, boozed up. Best laid plans and all that, this week my units were on the up rather than the down.
Pressure at work, stressed partners, homeschooling nightmare and a feeling I deserved a drink for all my hard work the previous weeks. …
22 January 2021 — DrinkCoach
Reasons for drinking. So I thought I was a social drinker and I am to an extent, but more secretly and unbeknownst to me I’m a mood drinker.
I’ve been keeping a drinks diary to record when and why I have been drinking. This way I can be really clear about how much I’m consuming, the haze of last week can’t be forgotten, it’s there in black and white.
SUNDAY: 9 UNITS, RED WINE. Also, to make a successful plan going forward I need to have an idea of what has been happening…
18 January 2021 — DrinkCoach
…everyone’s watching, red wine does not have the ability to turn you into a ‘Strictly’ dancer, well maybe one that gets booted out on week 1.
Confidence, confidence, confidence: if you say it three times in front of a mirror at midnight will it suddenly appear? Probably not. It’s important to get in the right frame of mind before starting anything challenging. If you don’t think you’re going to succeed to start with how much effort will you be willing to put into it, especially when it starts to get tough? “This is…
12 January 2021 — DrinkCoach
So the long term goal is to drop below 14 units a week and I’m currently sitting on 57 units a week. This seems like a lot, too much, too big a problem… is it a problem? I mean I’m not really hurting anyone, no one knows that I’m drinking too much, it’s normal if anything (I think a lot of my friends drink a comparable amount — do they ?).
Wait I’m already making excuses, I’m already looking for a way out. This can often be the case when we are confronted…
7 January 2021 — DrinkCoach
So what does my plan look like? Where do I start? I could just go for it, jump right in? It might work… but probably not. I know my willpower can let me down; remembering my ill-fated attempt to become a vegetarian, well-meaning and with good intention but essentially futile — succumbing in my second week to a roast dinner.
Well I’m not going to go cold turkey because I just don’t think it will work for me. It’s not worked with other things in the past so there’s no reason to think…
5 January 2021 — DrinkCoach
Winter is here, the kids are back to school and the New Year is in. The coronavirus has been tough on us all and has forced us to change our lives in incredibly drastic ways. New routines have been made and old habits have been adapted or created to cope with all of the change.
That is what I am writing about today, a new habit forged over a period of madness, hidden in plain sight, created as if out of nowhere, fully formed and looming large.
All of a sudden it has…
An online early intervention service for people who want to cut down on their drinking