I will definitely read it again to remind myself of why cutting back on alcohol can transform your l I'm annoyed with the blurb, it's not Bridget Jones Dries Out, there really isn't anything funny about the author's journey at all. I like to think I'm a bit of an 'addiction memoir connoisseur'. She'd always set herself a number of markers: You didn't have an alcohol problem if you didn't drink in the morning; if you didn't drink vodka; if you didn't throw up in front of your children. A year that started with her quitting booze and then being given the devastating diagnosis of breast cancer. She doesn't pull any punches. Then suddenly it became much easier and the idea of not drinking became doable and exciting. Interwoven within Clare's own very personal and brilliantly comic story is research and advice as she discovers the answers to questions like: How do I know if I'm drinking too much? This book is all about how Clare realises her life is infinitely better without alcohol.
The E-mail message field is required. A year that started with her quitting booze and then being given the devastating diagnosis of breast cancer. How do I cope with cravings? In my own journey to sobriety there was no rock bottom moment, more a creeping realisation that I was drinking far too much and it was negatively affected my mental health. I had no idea that this was a real fear that other aspiring non drinkers experienced too. Clare's story simultaneously made me cry happy tears and at times, sad ones. Below is the interview Clare Pooley gave to Be Sober. I am sure it could possibly help those who wish to stop drinking.
Interwoven within Clare's own very personal and frank story is research and advice, and answers to questions like: How do I know if I'm drinking too much? For a long time, she thought wine helped her relax and take the edge off anxiety. My only caveat is that her relative wealth and privilege allow her to access resources and support not available to everyone. By the end of the year she is booze free and cancer free, two stone lighter and with a life that is so much richer, healthier and more rewarding than ever before. Interview with Clare Pooley author of The Sober Diaries: How One Woman Stopped Drinking and Started Living Clare Pooley — Author and all round Sober Hero! It sees her starting a hugely successful blog, then getting and beating breast cancer. By the end of the year she is booze-free and cancer-free, she no longer has a wine belly, is two stone lighter and with a life that is so much richer, healthier and more rewarding than ever before. Clare Pooley is a Cambridge graduate and was a Managing Partner at one of the world's biggest advertising agencies, and yet by eighteen months ago she'd become an overweight, depressed, middle-aged mother of three who was drinking more than a bottle of wine a day, and spending her evenings Googling 'Am I an alcoholic? I am sure it could possibly help those who wish to stop drinking. This book is all about how Clare realises her life is infinitely better without alcohol.
I will definitely read it again to remind myself of why cutting back on alcohol can transform your life. There were many years when I did, and drink far too much. She still has alcohol in the house her husband drinks in moderation , has fun at parties and is, by her own admission, a better mother. She doesn't use the term 'alcoholic' because she thinks it conjures up negative images of a stereotype and encourages people to think that alcohol addiction is black and white - that you're either a normal drinker or a rock-bottom alcoholic - when there are many shades of grey in-between. I appreciate that this is not a review of this book as a work of literature, it is my feelings on a book which has changed me, I hope for good. At one point, she poured herself a glass of wine after a particularly hard day - but when her husband came in and asked what she was doing, she poured it down the sink. I think that some people enjoy reading addiction memoirs to see the rock bottom moments, but this book isn't like that.
What was your experience of telling your friends and family about your decision to quit alcohol? For me drinking is not associated with alleviating the stress, celebrating an achievement or because I feel sad o happy… it is an addiction full stop! It's a very honest book and she almost feels like a friend by about a third of the way through. I definitely can appreciate Clare Pooley's candor. As someone who has struggled to quit drinking for a few years now I am not a bad alcoholic or anything, but I am also not a one drink kind of a girl , I find reading one of these memoirs about people who have been successful with quitting, exceedingly helpful. What do I say to friends and family? Clare is the author of the hugely popular blog, Mummy was a Secret Drinker, under the pseudonym Sober Mummy. She has 3 young children, and a husband and many supportive friends but starts a blog that few of them know about. What do I say to friends and family? I don't have an issue with drinking but it sounded worth reading. Thankfully, I have not had the cancer horror to deal with but my decision to give up alcohol was driven by finding out that a friend had it.
Some readers have criticised the middle class-ness of it all but for me it was wonderful as I could related it. I choose what to read from this app, I list in my to read following from recommendations or if I have watched or read an article about the book. How will I cope at parties? Oh man, this book, this book had me rethinking my whole relationship with alcohol. Nearly three years on, Clare, 48, is now two stone lighter, feels more energetic and positive - and says she's a lot more fun to live with. How will I cope at parties? I think this book will help lots of people, particularly as it's very easy to relate to the author's experiences, both as someone who drinks, and someone who's trying not to. What if my partner still drinks? I am delighted to have the opportunity to interview Clare Pooley, she is the author of a brilliant book which helped me so much on my own sober-journey and has no doubt inspired and motivated many other people to quit alcohol for good.
We get into the psyche of Clare and wi Oh man, this book, this book had me rethinking my whole relationship with alcohol. It features an addict, obviously! If I stop drinking will I lose weight? That had been my prop for 20 years. If you think you are missing out on something and depriving yourself, quitting will only make you miserable. Me with a copy of The Sober Diaries by Clare Pooley What captivated me with The Sober Diaries was the brutal honesty with which it was written, Clare laid everything bare, including all the highs and lows and I really felt connected with her and the story she told. How will I cope at parties? She has 3 young children, and a husband and many supportive friends but starts a blog that few of them know about.
What if my partner still drinks? Probably should have just re-read one of the old standards. She knew the change wouldn't be easy but she never expected to find herself an overweight, depressed, middle-aged mother of three who was drinking more than a bottle of wine a day, and spending her evenings Googling 'Am I an alcoholic? I'll start this review by stating that I rarely drink. She called it Mummy Was a Secret Drinker. She got on my nerves by the end with her humble bragging and vanity ok everyone keeps telling you how fantastic you look and you lost two stone - who cares. Brilliant, funny and horribly like my drunken child rearing! She has a happier family and a more positive outlook.