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This is a podcast for people who have given up drinking, are thinking about giving up drinking - or are just plain sober curious...

Goodbye to Alcohol Janet

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.3 • 6 Ratings

This is a podcast for people who have given up drinking, are thinking about giving up drinking - or are just plain sober curious...

    Goodbye to Alcohol - Series 2 - Ep 10 - Janis celebrates 5 years sober!

    Goodbye to Alcohol - Series 2 - Ep 10 - Janis celebrates 5 years sober!

    World Without Wine - Your guide to alcohol-free living!

    After running WWW for 5 years and helping hundreds of people to ditch the drink and embrace alcohol-free living I've learned a thing or two.  My biggest insight has been that sharing our stories around alcohol is the most powerful way we can help others - that's why the heart of this podcast is recovery stories.

    Janis came to a workshop back in 2016 and has recently celebrated her fifth Soberversary

    In this Episode


    Janis had tried taken regular breaks from alcohol but it never quite stuck
    She even managed 8 months of sobriety once - then tried to moderate but found herself back drinking heavily within weeks
    It was a blackout one Christmas that made her decide to make a change
    We both agreed that when we drink heavily our world "shrinks" - all we care about is alcohol related activities
    She saw an article in the Sunday Times about WWW - and booked on the next workshop
    Janis loved connecting with other people who were struggling with alcohol and after the workshop she stayed in touch - the connection helped her to make a permanent change
    She is now 5 years sober and feels "renewed" - so much energy - she knows that sobriety has helped her get through the menopause
    She made and drank a lot of kombucha when she first stopped drinking - also drank AF beers
    Janis connects much better to her children and has a group of Sober Buddies that she hangs out with
    We both agreed that we get a lot of pleasure from everyday activities these days - now that we no longer rely on the chemical high from alcohol
    The alcohol free drinks industry is exploding which is a positive sign and many young people are drinking less
    We talked about how many people know that they must drink less but have no idea HOW to cut down and how WWW can help
    WWW provides tools and community support to enable people to change their relationship with alcohol
    More info
    To access our website click HERE - subscription membership is only R75 (£5/$6) a month - you can join up HERE

    Episode Sponsor

    This episode is sponsored by the WWW Membership Program.  If you want to change your relationship with alcohol then sign up today.  
    Read more about our 8-step program and subscribe HERE.


    Music by CadacusMusic

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    We made this podcast so that we can reach more people who need our help.  Please subscribe and share.

    We release a podcast episode every Saturday morning.

    You can follow World Without Wine on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

    You can join our private Facebook group HERE

    Thank you for listening!

    Till Next Week

    Janet x

    • 27 min
    Goodbye to Alcohol - Series 2 - Ep 9 - Ashleigh's Story

    Goodbye to Alcohol - Series 2 - Ep 9 - Ashleigh's Story

    World Without Wine - Your guide to alcohol-free living!

    After running WWW for 5 years and helping hundreds of people to ditch the drink and embrace alcohol-free living I've learned a thing or two.  My biggest insight has been that sharing our stories around alcohol is the most powerful way we can help others - that's why the heart of this podcast is recovery stories.

    Ashleigh came to a workshop back in August 2018 and has recently celebrated her second Soberversary

    In this Episode


    Ashleigh's first scrape with alcohol came when she was expelled from school at the age of 15!
    In her 30's she recognised that there could be a problem when she found herself making lots of rules around her drinking - rules that she promptly broke!
    At the end of the workshop she knew it would be pointless committing to "moderation" - she had to go "all in" - she knew she had crossed the line with her drinking and there was no looking back
    She felt confident leaving the workshop - she had her toolkit, some new information and people to connect with - she felt she could do this
    At the beginning she treated herself to hot chocolate, coffee and cake etc - but as time went on she weaned herself off the sweet things - and has now lost 10kgs!
    Ashleigh has experienced so many benefits of sobriety - she is certainly less anxious and more confident these days
    So the workshop was a real turning point in Ashley's - at the age of 40 she has celebrated two years of sobriety and has a different future ahead
    She fully recognised that if she hadn't taken this step she could have been in a very different place in 5 years time - alcohol is a very "slippery fish" as she said!

    More info
    To access our website click HERE and to read about subscription membership click HERE.  
    If you missed the Sober Spring start date then just email us for info on the next Challenge

    Episode Sponsor

    This episode is sponsored by the WWW Membership Program.  If you want to change your relationship with alcohol then sign up today.  Read more about our 8-step program and subscribe HERE.

    Music by CadacusMusic

    Help us to spread the word!

    We made this podcast so that we can reach more people who need our help.  Please subscribe and share.

    We release a podcast episode every Saturday morning.

    You can follow World Without Wine on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

    You can join our private Facebook group HERE

    Thank you for listening!

    Till Next Week

    Janet x

    • 40 min
    Goodbye to Alcohol - Series 2 - Ep 8 - how we go from Liking to Wanting to Needing Alcohol

    Goodbye to Alcohol - Series 2 - Ep 8 - how we go from Liking to Wanting to Needing Alcohol

    September 12, 2020

    World Without Wine - Your guide to alcohol-free living!

    After running WWW for 5 years and helping hundreds of people to ditch the drink and embrace alcohol-free living I've learned a thing or two.  My biggest insight has been that sharing our stories around alcohol is the most powerful way we can help others - that's why the heart of this podcast is recovery stories.

    We've heard some heartwarming stories so far - stories about people becoming dependent on alcohol and then finding their way out of it again.

    This week I'm doing a solo episode on the science behind alcohol dependency which underlines the importance of taking a break.

    So sign up for Sober Spring 2020 - starts 21st September - sign up HERE

    If you've missed Sober Spring then drop us a line at worldwithoutwine@gmail.com

    We'll let you know when the next challenge will take place.

    In this Episode


    In our 20's and 30's we tend to be social drinkers - then some of us start using alcohol to cope with stress or loneliness
    As we get into our 40's or 50's we discover that just how bad alcohol is for us - so we try to cut down or stop
    We discover that this is not so easy to do
    The harsh truth is that after 20 years of drinking we are almost certain to develop a dependency on alcohol
    When we drink we create an endorphin spike (the buzz) but our brain produces dynorphin to calm it down
    So we drink more to prolong the buzz but over time this means that we have to drink more and more to get the same result
    Three things are happening when we drink - we get an endorphin spike and a dopamine hit
    Apart from making you feel good dopamine is the "learning" molecule and will create triggers
    Eventually your brain will "pre-empt" the trigger and produce dynorphin
    This will make you feel low and you will need the drink, just to feel normal
    Eventually our bodies get so reliant on alcohol so alcohol that we don't produce dopamine naturally any more
    The result is that we will lose interest in everyday pleasures - the only thing we enjoy is the artificial boost we get from alcohol
    That's the definition of an alcoholic - let us help you get off the slippery slope
    To Sign Up for Sober Spring 2020 click HERE


    More info
    To access our website click HERE and to read about subscription membership click HERE.  
    If you missed the Sober Spring start date then just email us for info on the next Challenge

    Episode Sponsor

    This episode is sponsored by the WWW Membership Program.  If you want to change your relationship with alcohol then sign up today.  Read more about our 8-step program and subscribe HERE.

    Music by CadacusMusic

    Help us to spread the word!

    We made this podcast so that we can reach more people who need our help.  Please subscribe and share.

    We release a podcast episode every Saturday morning.

    You can follow World Without Wine on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

    You can join our private Facebook group HERE

    Thank you for listening!

    Till Next Week

    Janet x

    • 23 min
    Goodbye to Alcohol - Series 2 - Ep 7 - How I Ditched the Drink and Changed my Life - Lucy's Story

    Goodbye to Alcohol - Series 2 - Ep 7 - How I Ditched the Drink and Changed my Life - Lucy's Story

    World Without Wine - Your guide to alcohol-free living!

    After running WWW for 5 years and helping hundreds of people to ditch the drink and embrace alcohol-free living I've learned a thing or two.  My biggest insight has been that sharing our stories around alcohol is the most powerful way we can help others - that's why the heart of this podcast is recovery stories.

    In this episode I interview Lucy who I met at our first London workshop back in 2018.   

    Since then not only has she ditched the drink and transformed her own health but she has helped many other people in our community. Lucy just hit her second Soberversary and is loving her alcohol free life!

    In this Episode


    Lucy was a social drinker until her 40's but then started using it to self medicate her work related stress
    She tried to moderate as she was determined to be "normal" but it never really stuck - in spite of her many "rules"
    She had managed to give up for short periods - Dry January etc
    Lucy came to the workshop with 1 month of sobriety - she wanted a boost to make sure she stayed on track
    She had also read Clare Pooley's book (The Sober Diaries) which inspired her
    She loved the workshop because she got a lot of info and connected with others on the same path
    Lucy stayed connected with these people via the WhatsApp group
    She also became a member and got her subscription fee back in one week of not drinking!
    One of the things she loves about the Members' WhatsApp group is all the information that is circulated
    She loves the support and friendship in the Membership - we all understand each other
    The weekly Zoom cafe has added another layer of connection for the community
    We talked about the value of the annual and 66-day trackers which Lucy designed
    Lucy listed the many benefits of sobriety - she particularly loves not having her life revolve around alcohol!
    She is a cheerleader for the Sober Springers and finds the mutual support heartwarming
    She urges people to sign up for the Sober Spring starting on 21st September - there is nothing to lose!  

    To Sign Up for Sober Spring 2020 click HERE

    More info
    To access our website click HERE and to read about subscription membership click HERE.  
    If you would like a copy of Lucy's tracker just email us a worldwithoutwine@gmail.com
    If you missed the Sober Spring start date then just email us for info on the next Challenge

    Episode Sponsor

    This episode is sponsored by the WWW Membership Program.  If you want to change your relationship with alcohol then sign up today.  Read more about our 8-step program and subscribe HERE.

    Music by CadacusMusic

    Help us to spread the word!

    We made this podcast so that we can reach more people who need our help.  Please subscribe and share.

    We release a podcast episode every Saturday morning.

    You can follow World Without Wine on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

    You can join our private Facebook group HERE

    Thank you for listening!

    Till Next Week

    Janet x

    • 36 min
    Goodbye to Alcohol - Series 2 - Ep 6 - a Sober Spring Story - Sheila

    Goodbye to Alcohol - Series 2 - Ep 6 - a Sober Spring Story - Sheila

    World Without Wine - Your guide to alcohol-free living!

    After running WWW for 5 years and helping hundreds of people to ditch the drink and embrace alcohol-free living I've learned a thing or two.  My biggest insight has been that sharing our stories around alcohol is the most powerful way we can help others - that's why the heart of this podcast is recovery stories.

    In this episode I interview Sheila who signed up for Sober Spring last year - it proved to be a springboard for dramatically improving her relationship with alcohol.

    In this Episode


    Sheila signed up for Sober Spring with the firm intention of only completing 30 out of the 66 days.
    She did her 30 days by using willpower - and hated every minute!
    However it did get her thinking about her relationship with alcohol and she decided to come along to a workshop.
    The workshop was a turning point for her - it created a mindshift and connected her with others on the same path
    She was shocked to learn that the "safe" limit was only one and a half bottles of wine a week
    Sheila realised that her daily drinking habit was putting her on a "slippery slope" to dependence
    The workshop was late November and she got through the festive season alcohol free
    She started 2020 with a firm plan to moderate - to be alcohol free Monday to Thursday and then 1 or 2 glasses at the weekend.
    That was 8 months ago and she is still firmly on track!
    Sheila is one of those rare people who has managed to go from a daily drinking habit to drinking within the safe limits.
    To summarise - she used Sober Spring to raise awareness and the workshop to get the tools and connect with others
    She took a significant alcohol free break to reset her habits and then started the year with her tracker and a firm plan
    Her anxiety has reduced dramatically and she is experiencing a real sense of joy in her life.
    Sheila urges people to try Sober Spring to increase their awareness around their relationship with alcohol

    To Sign Up for Sober Spring 2020 click HERE

    More info
    To access our website click HERE and to read about subscription membership click HERE.

    Episode Sponsor

    This episode is sponsored by the WWW Membership Program.  If you want to change your relationship with alcohol then sign up today.  Read more about our 8-step program and subscribe HERE.

    Music by CadacusMusic

    Help us to spread the word!

    We made this podcast so that we can reach more people who need our help.  Please subscribe and share.

    We release a podcast episode every Saturday morning.

    You can follow World Without Wine on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

    You can join our private Facebook group HERE

    Thank you for listening!

    Till Next Week

    Janet x

    • 39 min
    How Sober Spring changed my life - Series 2 - Ep 5 - Christelle

    How Sober Spring changed my life - Series 2 - Ep 5 - Christelle

    World Without Wine - Your guide to alcohol-free living!

    After running WWW for 5 years and helping hundreds of people to ditch the drink and embrace alcohol-free living I've learned a thing or two.  My biggest insight has been that sharing our stories around alcohol is the most powerful way we can help others - that's why the heart of this podcast is recovery stories.

    In this episode I interview Christelle.   Christelle heard about WWW on the radio when she heard me tasting some alcohol free wines. It was a bit of a light bulb moment for her when she realised that there were AF wines on the market and she began to wonder if she could stop drinking.

    In this Episode


    For Christelle the drinking was more about the ritual than anything else - she could never limit herself to one glass
    That first glass is the problem - as it triggers you to have another - and another - alcohol is an addictive drug after all
    With alcohol free wine Christelle never really wanted more than one or two glasses
    She had tried one of our 30 day challenges and lasted about 30 minutes!
    She used to wake up at 3am with her heart jumping, wondering if she had remembered to feed her family the previous evening
    Every morning Christelle would berate herself and resolve that she would give up - but at 6pm she opened another bottle
    However once she started to discover AF wines she began to wonder if she could do the 66 day challenge
    She stocked up for the Challenge - red, white and bubbly AF wines
    Christelle sailed through the Challenge without difficulty and finished on November 5th
    She adored the cameraderie and support on the Sober Spring WhatsApp group - when the challenge ended she missed it
    So on November 8th she signed up as a WWW member and has never looked back!
    She says people thinking about signing up for Sober Spring must just "do it" - it's the best gift they could give themselves

    To Sign Up for Sober Spring 2020 click HERE

    More info
    To access our website click HERE and to read about subscription membership click HERE.

    Episode Sponsor

    This episode is sponsored by the WWW Membership Program.  If you want to change your relationship with alcohol then sign up today.  Read more about our 8-step program and subscribe HERE.

    Music by CadacusMusic

    Help us to spread the word!

    We made this podcast so that we can reach more people who need our help.  Please subscribe and share.

    We release a podcast episode every Saturday morning.

    You can follow World Without Wine on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

    You can join our private Facebook group HERE

    Thank you for listening!

    Till Next Week

    Janet x

    • 25 min

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Interesting

A much welcomed podcast series but the sound quality needs some serious work!

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