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

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The Next Round

A podcast series from Club Soda

The Next Round is a podcast series from Club Soda filled with stories about what happens after you change your drinking.

The Next Round is hosted by Laura Willoughby. Laura quit drinking over a decade ago and her experiences led directly to the creation of Club Soda. Her personal experience shows that, once alcohol is in its place, a world of opportunity opens up. In this series, she explores this important aspect of changing your drinking, as where you want to be in the future can help you in the process of change and help you keep to your goal.

Week by week, Laura meets inspirational people who’ve built new lives beyond alcohol, discovered their passions and found satisfaction and fulfilment in a world that doesn’t centre around drinking. Over the next few months you will hear from people from all walks of life and what they have discovered in the years post-binging – from swimming 21 miles and writing books, to confident socialising and stand-up comedy. What comes next could be anything

Meet Laura Willoughby, host of the Next Round

Laura Willoughby

Laura Willoughby MBE is the founder of the world’s largest mindful drinking, Club Soda, and the UK’s foremost expert in low and no alcoholic drinks. 

Receiving an MBE for services to the community in 2004, Laura’s devotion to Club Soda means hundreds of thousands of people are supported in their journeys to live well by being more mindful about drinking alcohol. 

Laura is an IWSC judge, and was voted one of 2022’s 100 most influential women in hospitality by CODE, named as one of Drinks Retailing’s latest Top 100 Most Influential People in Drink and is a Trustee for The Drinks Trust.

Laura’s part in the transformation of the non-alcoholic drinks sector from niche into the mainstream cannot be underestimated. In addition to organising 10 editions of the Mindful Drinking Festival nationwide, developing education courses, conducting research and generating guides to low and no alcoholic drinks, Laura also opened the Club Soda Tasting Room in October 2022, the first of its kind in the UK. 

Laura’s lifelong dedication to affecting change and helping others spans over 30 years working across charities, politics, movements and the public sector, including 12 years as a Liberal Democrat Councillor in Islington, a Cabinet Member, a Reaching Communities board member for The Big Lottery Fund and Chair of the Equalities Board for the Local Government Association. She was also Chief Executive of an HIV charity and bank switching campaign Move Your Money.

Laura Willoughby

Explore our podcast back catalogue

Next Round is the latest podcast series from Club Soda. But our podcast has episodes stretch back to 2019. Explore our back catalogue for more inspirational stories about drinking mindfully and living well.

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