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Global Mindful Drinking Festival: How do I shift my identity away from being a drinker?

October 30 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm BST

Identity panel

Once you change your drinking habits, you begin to understand how much of your identity was tied up with drinking. So how do you now create a new authentic identity as a non-drinker? How much did that previous ‘drinker’ identity impact you and the change you are making? And how can you shift your self-perception?

Join our panel of experts and people with lived experience to explore the issue of identity.

  • Claire Davey is a PhD student at Canterbury Christ Church University researching women’s identities in sobriety with a particular focus on online communities.
  • Dr Emily Nicholls is an alcohol researcher and Lecturer in Sociology at the University of York, UK. Her research explores topics ranging from a ‘girls’ night out’ to drinking during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • David Gilani gave up drinking when he was 19 and is Head of Student Engagement and Advocacy.
  • Sarah Connolly is a Grey Area Drinking coach and mindfulness teacher
  • Mikey Moss works with The Recovery Festival in Bristol
  • Hakeem S. Allen is the founder and Executive Director of the Anti-Racist Social Club.

Full biographies of panelists can be found here.

This event will be streamed live in the private festival area on sign-up today for access and to watch again.

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October 30
11:00 am - 12:00 pm BST
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