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Over The Influence is the alcohol free podcast presented by BBC Lancashire presenter Sharon Hartley and Sound Rebel podcast producer Ben Anderson. They are both completely alcohol free and sing about the joys of sobriety from the rooftops, because giving up alcohol has completely transformed both of their lives.

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Disclaimer: All views expressed in this podcast are of the participants themselves, and not necessarily those of Over The Influence (OTI) Ltd. The information, opinions and recommendations presented in this podcast by either the presenters or the guests are for general information only and any reliance on the information provided in this podcast is done at your own risk. This podcast should not be considered professional advice. If you are dependent on alcohol, or think you may be, we strongly recommend that you seek professional medical advice as soon as possible. You can find links to support services on our website (https://www.overtheinfluence.co.uk/supportresources) .

Over The Influence: The Alcohol Free Podcast The OTI Premium Podcast

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.9 • 73 Ratings

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Over The Influence is the alcohol free podcast presented by BBC Lancashire presenter Sharon Hartley and Sound Rebel podcast producer Ben Anderson. They are both completely alcohol free and sing about the joys of sobriety from the rooftops, because giving up alcohol has completely transformed both of their lives.

Follow OTI on Instagram: @alcoholfreepod

Follow Shazza on Instagram: @sharon_hartley_

Follow Ben on Instagram: @benanderson_88

Search for "Over The Influence" on Facebook

Join Our Community (https://www.overtheinfluence.co.uk/)

Subscribe to the OTI Premium Podcast (https://overtheinfluence.supercast.com/)

Disclaimer: All views expressed in this podcast are of the participants themselves, and not necessarily those of Over The Influence (OTI) Ltd. The information, opinions and recommendations presented in this podcast by either the presenters or the guests are for general information only and any reliance on the information provided in this podcast is done at your own risk. This podcast should not be considered professional advice. If you are dependent on alcohol, or think you may be, we strongly recommend that you seek professional medical advice as soon as possible. You can find links to support services on our website (https://www.overtheinfluence.co.uk/supportresources) .

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    Alex Clapp: Claritee

    Alex Clapp: Claritee

    This week Shaz and Ben are joined by Alex Clapp, a sober events organiser with his company Claritee based in the North West of England.

    Alex chats everything from pickles to pandas on this episode (it'll make sense) and shares his story of how sobriety has opened a whole new world to him that he didn't know could exist on the other side of ditching alcohol.

    If you would like to take a look at what events Club Claritee have coming up, visit clubclaritee.uk or you can follow @clubclaritee.uk on Instagram.

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    Get In Touch:

    Of course, you can always get in touch with us (publicly or privately) on our socials - @alcoholfreepod on Instagram, or search for "Over The Influence" on Facebook.

    We'd love to hear your story - please get in touch with us directly at otihq@overtheinfluence.co.uk or go to our website, www.overtheinfluence.co.uk

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    The Premium Podcast:

    If you love OTI and you'd like to hear behind the curtain, subscribe to the OTI Premium Podcast now!

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    Links:

    For links to alcohol-related support services, please visit our website.

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    Disclaimer:

    All views expressed in this podcast are of the participants themselves, and not necessarily those of Over The Influence (OTI) Ltd. The information, opinions, and recommendations presented in this podcast are for general information only and any reliance on the information provided in this podcast is done at your own risk. We are not medical professionals but normal people giving their own experiences of removing alcohol from their lives, and as such this podcast should not be considered professional advice. If you are dependent on alcohol, or think you may be, we strongly recommend that you seek professional medical advice.

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    Helpful Hashtags:

    We found hashtags and sober social media accounts really helpful in our early days alcohol free, as following them can help to reinforce that you are not alone! These are some of the hashtags we've followed:

    #alcoholfree #stopdrinking #healthandwellnessjourney #zeroalcohol #idontdrink #sobercurious #healthydrinking #alcoholfreelife #soberaf #alcoholfreeliving #sobermotivation #podcast #healthpodcast #noalcohol #nobooze #sober #sobercurious #soberlofe #soberliving #sobercommunity #afcommunity #soberwomen #sobermom #sobermomtribe #sobersisters #sobriety #soberuk #soberjourney #sobrietyrocks #overtheinfluence #oti

    • 46 min
    Premium Podcast: Fly OTI

    Premium Podcast: Fly OTI

    Hello, and welcome to our Premium Podcast!

    In this week's look "behind the grubby shower curtain" that is OTI, Shaz & Ben discuss a study into drinking alcohol on flights while they also have some admin to work through.

    We'd love to feature your stories, your successes, your questions, etc, etc, etc... So please do get in touch with us!

    You can either find us on Instagram (@alcoholfreepod) and drop us a DM in there, or you can email us directly:

    sharon@overtheinfluence.co.uk

    ben@overtheinfluence.co.uk

    Annie Knowles: The Sober Rainbow Rider

    Annie Knowles: The Sober Rainbow Rider

    We're delighted to have a member of our OTI Community on the pod again this week, and it's the wonderful Annie Knowles! Annie is a NHS Healthcare worker and IPHM Sobriety Coach who, just like us, is singing about the joys of sobriety. 

    During the Covid-19 Pandemic, the stress of working in hospitals led to Annie drinking more. The realisation that her drinking was slipping into dependency was the start of her kicking alcohol out of her life for good. 

    She's now using her sober powers for good, championing the Bluelight scheme within the NHS, as well as using her platform as the Sober Rainbow Rider to offer help to others out there who may be struggling with alcohol dependency.

    If you would like more info about Annie, you can follow her on Instagram @af_rainbowrider or go to soberrainbowrider.com.

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    Get In Touch:

    Of course, you can always get in touch with us (publicly or privately) on our socials - @alcoholfreepod on Instagram, or search for "Over The Influence" on Facebook.

    We'd love to hear your story - please get in touch with us directly at otihq@overtheinfluence.co.uk or go to our website, www.overtheinfluence.co.uk

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    The Premium Podcast:

    If you love OTI and you'd like to hear behind the curtain, subscribe to the OTI Premium Podcast now!

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    Links:

    For links to alcohol-related support services, please visit our website.

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    Disclaimer:

    All views expressed in this podcast are of the participants themselves, and not necessarily those of Over The Influence (OTI) Ltd. The information, opinions, and recommendations presented in this podcast are for general information only and any reliance on the information provided in this podcast is done at your own risk. We are not medical professionals but normal people giving their own experiences of removing alcohol from their lives, and as such this podcast should not be considered professional advice. If you are dependent on alcohol, or think you may be, we strongly recommend that you seek professional medical advice.

    ---

    Helpful Hashtags:

    We found hashtags and sober social media accounts really helpful in our early days alcohol free, as following them can help to reinforce that you are not alone! These are some of the hashtags we've followed:

    #alcoholfree #stopdrinking #healthandwellnessjourney #zeroalcohol #idontdrink #sobercurious #healthydrinking #alcoholfreelife #soberaf #alcoholfreeliving #sobermotivation #podcast #healthpodcast #noalcohol #nobooze #sober #sobercurious #soberlofe #soberliving #sobercommunity #afcommunity #soberwomen #sobermom #sobermomtribe #sobersisters #sobriety #soberuk #soberjourney #sobrietyrocks #overtheinfluence #oti

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Premium Podcast: Sobriety In The Media

    Premium Podcast: Sobriety In The Media

    Hello, and welcome to our Premium Podcast!

    Shaz and Ben discuss how alcohol life is turning up in the media more and more (and what a wonderful thing that is!). They also have a chat about Ben's family who one by one, are also becoming alcohol free...

    We'd love to feature your stories, your successes, your questions, etc, etc, etc... So please do get in touch with us!

    You can either find us on Instagram (@alcoholfreepod) and drop us a DM in there, or you can email us directly:

    sharon@overtheinfluence.co.uk

    ben@overtheinfluence.co.uk

    Sharon Returns!

    Sharon Returns!

    Sharon is back recording pods following her surgery so her and Ben are catching up to see what she's missed.

    Welcome back Shaz!

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    Get In Touch:

    Of course, you can always get in touch with us (publicly or privately) on our socials - @alcoholfreepod on Instagram, or search for "Over The Influence" on Facebook.

    We'd love to hear your story - please get in touch with us directly at otihq@overtheinfluence.co.uk or go to our website, www.overtheinfluence.co.uk

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    The Premium Podcast:

    If you love OTI and you'd like to hear behind the curtain, subscribe to the OTI Premium Podcast now!

    ---

    Links:

    For links to alcohol-related support services, please visit our website.

    ---

    Disclaimer:

    All views expressed in this podcast are of the participants themselves, and not necessarily those of Over The Influence (OTI) Ltd. The information, opinions, and recommendations presented in this podcast are for general information only and any reliance on the information provided in this podcast is done at your own risk. We are not medical professionals but normal people giving their own experiences of removing alcohol from their lives, and as such this podcast should not be considered professional advice. If you are dependent on alcohol, or think you may be, we strongly recommend that you seek professional medical advice.

    ---

    Helpful Hashtags:

    We found hashtags and sober social media accounts really helpful in our early days alcohol free, as following them can help to reinforce that you are not alone! These are some of the hashtags we've followed:

    #alcoholfree #stopdrinking #healthandwellnessjourney #zeroalcohol #idontdrink #sobercurious #healthydrinking #alcoholfreelife #soberaf #alcoholfreeliving #sobermotivation #podcast #healthpodcast #noalcohol #nobooze #sober #sobercurious #soberlofe #soberliving #sobercommunity #afcommunity #soberwomen #sobermom #sobermomtribe #sobersisters #sobriety #soberuk #soberjourney #sobrietyrocks #overtheinfluence #oti

    • 46 min
    Premium Podcast: How Much?!

    Premium Podcast: How Much?!

    Hello, and welcome to our Premium Podcast!

    Sharon is back! Her and Ben discuss how expensive it is to booze these days.

    We'd love to feature your stories, your successes, your questions, etc, etc, etc... So please do get in touch with us!

    You can either find us on Instagram (@alcoholfreepod) and drop us a DM in there, or you can email us directly:

    sharon@overtheinfluence.co.uk

    ben@overtheinfluence.co.uk

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
73 Ratings

73 Ratings

Katie’s Nickname ,

100 days alcohol free and never going back!

Thank you for your podcast. I started the year aiming to drink less to help my body take a break. After reading more and more about what type of “break” would help my body, I stopped for a week and then two. It wasn’t until I found your podcast that I decided that 100 days was the goal- and quickly decided that an alcohol free life was just easier and frankly better. Thank you.

gomez70 ,

Happiness and Joy

I never write reviews but I had to make sure I wrote one for the OTI podcast. I am 29 days alcohol free today and have been listening to sobriety podcasts for the last month or so every morning at the gym. OTI is by far my favorite. The hosts are so relatable, funny and down to earth. Some sobriety podcasts can be downright depressing. OTI has the perfect mix of hearing people’s stories and showing the joy and happiness that comes from living an alcohol free life.

IpswichMandy ,

Absolute Best Hosts /best guests

I really enjoy listening to this podcast , both Shaz and Ben are such great hosts . They are brilliant at not only asking their guests the right questions ,but then they really do listen to the answer without talking over each other…I have been Alcohol free now for 18months and it’s the wonderful connection I feel listening to this show that keeps me on track, reminds me not to get complacent ,and kills any thoughts of moderation .. I live in Florida although grew up in Ipswich Suffolk , so can relate to the 80s, 90s ladette drinking scene.. Thanks for all you do..I even received a wonderful handwritten Congratulations card from both Ben And Shaz on my accomplishment thus far, so proud and excited.. Thank you, Thank you for all that you do

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