94 episodes

Over The Influence is the alcohol free podcast presented by BBC broadcast journalist Sharon Hartley and Sound Rebel podcast producer Ben Anderson.

They have both gone completely alcohol free, and this podcast is an honest conversation about how their lives have changed since making that choice.

If you’re here, it means you’re thinking about your relationship with alcohol - we hope our podcast is supporting you in your journey, whether that be going completely alcohol free or whether you’re sober curious!

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Email us: otihq@overtheinfluence.co.uk (mailto:%20otihq@overtheinfluence.co.uk)

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If you love OTI and you'd like to hear behind the curtain with an EXTRA weekly episode featuring Shazza and Ben, subscribe to the OTI Premium Podcast now! Released every Monday, cancel any time - just £5 per month (https://overtheinfluence.supercast.com/) .

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Over The Influence is produced by Ben Anderson for Sound Rebel (https://www.soundrebel.co.uk/) .

Ben produces podcast businesses, brands, charities & other organisations across the UK - email ben@soundrebel.co.uk to find out how podcasts could help you to tell your story to the world.

If you feel as if connection with likeminded people would help as you try life without alcohol, then join us in the Over The Influence Community (https://www.overtheinfluence.co.uk/) !

For links to alcohol-related support services, please visit our website (https://www.overtheinfluence.co.uk/support) .

Over The Influence Sound Rebel

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.8 • 29 Ratings

Over The Influence is the alcohol free podcast presented by BBC broadcast journalist Sharon Hartley and Sound Rebel podcast producer Ben Anderson.

They have both gone completely alcohol free, and this podcast is an honest conversation about how their lives have changed since making that choice.

If you’re here, it means you’re thinking about your relationship with alcohol - we hope our podcast is supporting you in your journey, whether that be going completely alcohol free or whether you’re sober curious!

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Get In Touch:

Follow OTI on Instagram: @alcoholfreepod (https://www.instagram.com/alcoholfreepod/)

Follow Shazza on Instagram: @sharon_hartley_ (https://www.instagram.com/sharon_hartley_/)

Follow Ben on Instagram: @benanderson_88 (https://www.instagram.com/benanderson_88/)

Connect with Ben on LinkedIn: benanderson88 (https://www.linkedin.com/in/benanderson88/)

Search for "Over The Influence" on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/alcoholfreepod)

Email us: otihq@overtheinfluence.co.uk (mailto:%20otihq@overtheinfluence.co.uk)

JOIN OUR ONLINE COMMUNITY: www.overtheinfluence.co.uk (https://www.overtheinfluence.co.uk/)

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Subscribe to the OTI Premium Podcast:

If you love OTI and you'd like to hear behind the curtain with an EXTRA weekly episode featuring Shazza and Ben, subscribe to the OTI Premium Podcast now! Released every Monday, cancel any time - just £5 per month (https://overtheinfluence.supercast.com/) .

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Links:

Over The Influence is produced by Ben Anderson for Sound Rebel (https://www.soundrebel.co.uk/) .

Ben produces podcast businesses, brands, charities & other organisations across the UK - email ben@soundrebel.co.uk to find out how podcasts could help you to tell your story to the world.

If you feel as if connection with likeminded people would help as you try life without alcohol, then join us in the Over The Influence Community (https://www.overtheinfluence.co.uk/) !

For links to alcohol-related support services, please visit our website (https://www.overtheinfluence.co.uk/support) .

    Jenny Downs: 1000 Days Alcohol Free

    Jenny Downs: 1000 Days Alcohol Free

    In this episode we chat to one of our fabulous OTI Community members, Jenny Downs, on the day that she hit 1000 days alcohol free!

    Jenny has been on the podcast before and told us her story about why she decided to remove alcohol - in this episode she gives us an update on what's happened to her since the last time we spoke, and there have been some pretty monumental changes!

    Jenny is in her early 50s (although she looks at least 10 years younger than that, if not more!) and her sobriety hasn't just given her a new lease of life personally, it has now also given her a complete career change. In this episode she talks about the accredited coaching training she's done with Andy Ramage (who we had on the podcast last week) and how she's now coaching people who want to be alcohol free on a 1-2-1 basis.

    If you'd like to find out more about Jenny's coaching, visit cooperative-coaching.com - and of course, if you're thinking of becoming a coach yourself then go to andyramage.com/oti!

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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!

    Released every Monday and exclusive to subscribers and OTI Community members, the Premium Pod is Sharon and Ben talking through even more topics surrounding alcohol-free life, from how to not just survive but enjoy AF holidays to alcohol free dating!

    Subscribe now! Released every Monday, cancel any time - just £5 per month.

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    Links:

    Over The Influence is produced by Ben Anderson for Sound Rebel.

    Sound Rebel works with businesses, brands, charities & other organisations across the UK - go to soundrebel.co.uk now to find out how podcasts could help you to tell your story to the world.

    If you feel as if connection with likeminded people would help as you try life without alcohol, join the Over The Influence Community now - and we can't wait to meet you!

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

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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

    • 51 min
    Andy Ramage: Coaching The Coaches

    Andy Ramage: Coaching The Coaches

    In this episode we chat to the AF legend, Andy Ramage!

    Andy is over 8 years alcohol-free himself and when he decided to rethink his drinking, the AF landscape was very different. Andy is a pioneer of the idea that, as he calls them, "middle lane drinkers" can see the benefits of giving up alcohol no matter where they are on the drinking scale - and once he ditched booze for good himself, so many things changed for him both personally and professionally.

    This is the second time Andy has been on the podcast, as we first spoke to him as a guest just over two years ago where he told us his story. If you'd like to go back to listen to that episode before you listen to this one, click here.

    In this episode, we chat to Andy about what he's been up to since we last spoke to him - and the answer is, a lot! Andy has been an accredited coach for a long time, but now he is coaching the coaches through his fabulous courses. So many of our community members have done Andy's courses, and some are now making a living out of 1-2-1 coaching too - giving up alcohol really does lead to some extraordinary changes!

    If you'd like to hear the Extra Special Bonus Bit that we recorded with Andy at the end of this episode all about his coaching course, click here to listen now. And, of course, if you fancy doing one of Andy's courses yourself then you can book your place on this page too!

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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!

    Released every Monday and exclusive to subscribers and OTI Community members, the Premium Pod is Sharon and Ben talking through even more topics surrounding alcohol-free life, from how to not just survive but enjoy AF holidays to alcohol free dating!

    Subscribe now! Released every Monday, cancel any time - just £5 per month.

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    Links:

    Over The Influence is produced by Ben Anderson for Sound Rebel.

    Sound Rebel works with businesses, brands, charities & other organisations across the UK - go to soundrebel.co.uk now to find out how podcasts could help you to tell your story to the world.

    If you feel as if connection with likeminded people would help as you try life without alcohol, join the Over The Influence Community now - and we can't wait to meet you!

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

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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

    • 57 min
    Charlie & Joey (Young & Sober): AF Dating, Sex & Relationships

    Charlie & Joey (Young & Sober): AF Dating, Sex & Relationships

    Once a month Over The Influence is being taken over by Joey Duckworth and Charlie Martina, two people in their 20s who've decided to ditch booze and live life alcohol-free.

    In this episode, they talk about what it's like to be single and on the dating scene to being in relationships when you decide to give up alcohol - from dry dating (which is a growing trend amongst all age groups) to sober sex, they cover a range of topics with honesty, kindness and just the odd giggle!

    We love that these episodes are being shared amongst young people who have decided to give up alcohol, or at a stage where they're rethinking their drinking. If you're young at heart but not necessarily still young in years, we'd love you to share this with anyone in your life who you think could benefit.

    Charlie and Joey are fabulous examples of how anyone can choose to live their life differently at any stage - you don't have to drink if you don't want to, you don't have to drink just because other people are, and you absolutely can choose to live your life differently!

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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!

    Released every Monday and exclusive to subscribers and OTI Community members, the Premium Pod is Sharon and Ben talking through even more topics surrounding alcohol-free life, from how to not just survive but enjoy AF holidays to alcohol free dating!

    Subscribe now! Released every Monday, cancel any time - just £5 per month.

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    Links:

    Over The Influence is produced by Ben Anderson for Sound Rebel.

    Sound Rebel works with businesses, brands, charities & other organisations across the UK - go to soundrebel.co.uk now to find out how podcasts could help you to tell your story to the world.

    If you feel as if connection with likeminded people would help as you try life without alcohol, join the Over The Influence Community now - and we can't wait to meet you!

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

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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
    Linsey Hydrick: The Listener

    Linsey Hydrick: The Listener

    In this episode we chat to Linsey Hydrick in America, who found Over The Influence after Shaz appeared on Annie Grace's podcast... And she has listened ever since!

    Linsey wanted to come on and tell us her story as she's been on an alcohol-free journey for the past eleven years. Drinking for Linsey always created problems, right from when she went on a school trip to Europe and was reprimanded for drinking when she wasn't supposed to. Drinking became a part of whichever identity she was trying on when she was growing up, as it is with so many of us when we're finding our feet and finding out who we are.

    She is very passionate about blaming the substance - this highly addictive, well-marketed substance - rather than the individual when it comes to alcohol. Since removing alcohol she has found her true authentic self, and has never felt happier - and like many of us, she wishes she'd found this out sooner.

    She's now passionate about sharing her story in the hope that it helps others, and we thank her for getting in touch - Linsey, it was fabulous to meet you, and we're so glad that OTI has become such a big part of your AF toolkit!

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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!

    Released every Monday and exclusive to subscribers and OTI Community members, the Premium Pod is Sharon and Ben talking through even more topics surrounding alcohol-free life, from how to not just survive but enjoy AF holidays to alcohol free dating!

    Subscribe now! Released every Monday, cancel any time - just £5 per month.

    ---

    Links:

    Over The Influence is produced by Ben Anderson for Sound Rebel.

    Sound Rebel works with businesses, brands, charities & other organisations across the UK - go to soundrebel.co.uk now to find out how podcasts could help you to tell your story to the world.

    If you feel as if connection with likeminded people would help as you try life without alcohol, join the Over The Influence Community now - and we can't wait to meet you!

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

    ---

    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

    • 50 min
    The Premium Podcast Special

    The Premium Podcast Special

    Today the majority of schools in the UK break up for the six week summer holidays... So we thought it would be a great time to release this, our Premium Podcast Special!

    If you don't know already, every single week we release an extra edition of Over The Influence just for our subscribers and community members. It's Shaz and Ben wanging on about whatever AF topic they want to bring to the table... It's fun, it's honest, and so many people are loving the extra dose of OTI in their podcast app every week.

    When we first launched the OTI Premium Podcast, we created a mini-series called Survive The Summer - we talk about bank holidays, boozy BBQs, all inclusive holidays, camping trips, summer events - the lot. And with the school holidays kicking off again, we thought it was a great time to let you know about it.

    Because you don't just get our new episodes when you subscribe to the Premium Podcast... You get our whole back catalogue too, which is now over a year's worth of podcasts that we've released every single week without fail!

    So, if you need something to listen to when you're on the sunbed, or taking a quiet few minutes away from the kids causing chaos on their summer break... Subscribe now, and let us know what you think!

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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!

    Released every Monday and exclusive to subscribers and OTI Community members, the Premium Pod is Sharon and Ben talking through even more topics surrounding alcohol-free life, from how to not just survive but enjoy AF holidays to alcohol free dating!

    Subscribe now! Released every Monday, cancel any time - just £5 per month.

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    Links:

    Over The Influence is produced by Ben Anderson for Sound Rebel.

    Sound Rebel works with businesses, brands, charities & other organisations across the UK - go to soundrebel.co.uk now to find out how podcasts could help you to tell your story to the world.

    If you feel as if connection with likeminded people would help as you try life without alcohol, join the Over The Influence Community now - and we can't wait to meet you!

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

    ---

    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
    Daniel: The AA Ambassador

    Daniel: The AA Ambassador

    In this episode we chat to Daniel from Lancashire, who's been an active member of Alcoholics Anonymous for nearly 17 years.

    Daniel talks to us about his journey to AA, and how a conversation with a tourist when he was working abroad completely changed his life. He also talks about how he didn't know what to expect when he attended his first AA meeting, but even all these years later he remembers how warm the welcome was and how the things discussed changed his perspective.

    Daniel is an active member of AA in the sense that he participates, but he also gives a lot back to the organisation - he spoke to us the night before flying to Italy to take part in an AA conference for young people, of which he's been part of the organisational team. He talks about the importance of giving back, and how it benefits him as much as it benefits those he's helping.

    Of course, Daniel doesn't reveal his surname on the podcast because of the rules within AA about keeping your identity anonymous when speaking in the media - but he talks to us about how in his everyday life he's an open book when it comes to his journey with alcohol. After all, you never know how an honest chat could change someone's life...

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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!

    Released every Monday and exclusive to subscribers and OTI Community members, the Premium Pod is Sharon and Ben talking through even more topics surrounding alcohol-free life, from how to not just survive but enjoy AF holidays to alcohol free dating!

    Subscribe now! Released every Monday, cancel any time - just £5 per month.

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    Links:

    Over The Influence is produced by Ben Anderson for Sound Rebel.

    Sound Rebel works with businesses, brands, charities & other organisations across the UK - go to soundrebel.co.uk now to find out how podcasts could help you to tell your story to the world.

    If you feel as if connection with likeminded people would help as you try life without alcohol, join the Over The Influence Community now - and we can't wait to meet you!

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

    ---

    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

    • 53 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
29 Ratings

29 Ratings

Casnh ,

Upbeat and motivating

I really enjoy these hosts and the conversations with guests. A nice weekly boost to remember why cutting out alcohol is worthwhile.

i hate spotify1011 ,

Great sobriety companions!

Love, love, love tuning in to listen to very practical and funny stories shared here. You keep inspiring me to stay away from alcohol.

Deberdoo429 ,

LOVE!!

I was so happy to find this podcast. Thank you William Porter for the recommendation. I love these two!! Oh...and background Ben. Being American..I have to say the accents are fun to listen to. I appreciate the time and work they are giving to this podcast to help those of us wanting to live an alcohol free life. Thank you!! Keep up the GREAT work.

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