It does not matter what your goals are. Stopping a habit or taking something away that we very often consider a treat is tough.
At Club Soda, we know changing your drinking is also especially difficult as it is tied up so tightly in our social DNA. If you have done well we have a drink to celebrate, a tipple to relax after a stressful day, and it also breaks down our inhibitions at parties.
However long you have managed to change your drinking for (nearly 3 years for me), those social pressures never really go away. They just get easier to deal with.
This is why we have created the community in Club Soda. So that you can swap stories and share tips. Only the people doing the same things as you, or who have been there and done that can really give you the advice you need. Which is where Bryony Gordon from the Daily Telegraph is lacking. She is trying to change her drinking, but has not added an important behaviour change element into her post-drink mixer – some new drinking buddies who can give her their top tips.
And here is the science bit. Sharing, helping others, writing stuff down is a real, practical and proven way to help you make the change you want. We know you may not like it (trust me, I was initially resistant). It can make you feel awkward, and it may take a few minutes of your time.
But it helps. Club Soda is somewhere you can do this confidentially, and use your short posts as a way to ask for support, and share advice. Give it a whirl. Still not sure, then have a look at these 5 top bloggers who are sharing their #changeyourdrinking journey.