The Next Round: What happens after you change your drinking?

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Clare Pooley

Clare Pooley on finding your passion through sobriety

Clare Pooley joins Club Soda’s Dru Jaeger to talk all things journaling. Clare decided to change her drinking when she noticed how much her wine habit was affecting her life. She worked in advertising, and her job required a lot of socialising and wining and dining with clients. Drinking was affecting her as a parent, she was gaining weight, and she was struggling with insomnia. She knew that moderation wasn’t going to work for her, and so decided to stop drinking. Writing about her experiences was an intrinsic part of her changing her habits. This was done via an anonymous blog for some time.

Who is Clare Pooley?

Clare Pooley graduated from Newnham College, Cambridge and spent twenty years working in advertising before becoming a full-time mum. Realising that her ‘wine o’clock’ habit was out of hand, Clare started writing a blog, Mummy was a Secret Drinker, which has had nearly three million hits. Her memoir, The Sober Diaries was published in 2017 to critical acclaim. Clare’s debut novel – The Authenticity Project, was inspired by her own experience of exposing the rather grubby truth about her own seemingly perfect life. Clare’s talks include a TEDx talk – ‘Making Sober Less Shameful’, a talk for Radio 4’s Four Thought, and numerous podcast interviews. 

Try our How To Journal course

If you are interested in exploring more about journaling and how we can support each change, we’re drinking Club Soda is short course How To Journal is available at join Club If you sign up before the 11th of July 2021, if you can use the discount code journal50 to get the course for half price, or the discount code journalfree to get the course free of charge. How to Journal has been developed thanks to the generous support of Clare Pooley.

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