The Unexpected Joy of Being Sober: THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER

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Yeah, that’s how I mean, it truly is. And I must have had about 37 day ones. And the way the shame you feel about slipping again, the having to tell people that you’ve drunk again, and you’ve busted your day one is, it’s just so all consuming. Sentence-Summary: The Unexpected Joy Of Being Sober will help you have a happier and healthier life by persuasively revealing the many disadvantages of alcohol and the benefits of going without it permanently. Now that you see the greener side of sobriety you get the hard task of combating drinking culture. But don’t worry, just think of it like building a muscle. Don’t lift too much at first. Start small and work your way up. The balance of the book is tilted toward how to override an ingrained habit. In response to repetitive acts, our brain does what it is supposed to do, it carves out a familiar route to action, but it's not necessarily helpful. The brain can be retrained, a new path cleared, science at its best.

You stopped drinking before I did. I didn’t stop till about six months before I turned 40. Despite, you know, worrying about it or trying to moderate or all the things for a good decade before. I'm free from all of that "where's the next drink coming from?" stress. At one point I mislay my water. So what? If that had been wine, I would have been crushed, and annoyed for the next hour. I probably would have regaled my friend with how miffed I was, for an hour too.” Oh, that’s awesome. Well you know I’ve been like asking you to come on the podcast for a while because I absolutely love your books. And one of the reasons I love them so much is that your approach to life without alcohol is that you challenge the idea that when you remove alcohol, your life is boring and dull, and flip it on its head to say that, you know, sober life is actually not only good for you, but way better and more fun than drinking ever it was. I liked how we see Catherine's transformation and the advise she offers in changing your own mind set and using other tools as a coping mechanism for dealing with life. But there truly is nothing to lose other than the crucifying hangovers; the ability to laugh at jokes that aren’t funny; propensity to pull people you don’t fancy; and the inclination to stay out beyond 1am (after which nothing good happens, I promise, having done my research on 16,807 occasions). The only – yes, only! – social skill I have lost is the ability to do karaoke.So I’m incredibly excited because my guest today is the author of The Unexpected Joy Of Being Sober and we’re here to talk about all things drinking, quitting drinking her writing, and her new book, Sunshine Warm Sober: Unexpected Sober Joy That Lasts . When people find out she doesn’t drink, increasingly they will start opening up about their own anxieties instead of asking why. Her advice is to try at least three months alcohol-free. Sober is too often equated with "sombre" in our culture. Gray's book turns that idea on its head. Her experience of sobriety is joyful and life-affirming. A must-read for anyone who has a nagging suspicion that alcohol may be taking away more than it's giving.' - Hilda Burke, psychotherapist and couples counsellor As Annie Grace says, ‘We protect alcohol by blaming addiction on a person’s personality rather than on the addictive nature of alcohol… The concept of addictive personality lets us close our minds to the fact that alcohol is addictive, period.” Yeah. And it takes a really long time to figure out all of those lessons, and you know what to do and what works for you. Because it really the approach that works for different people is completely different. You know, there’s no one way.

Shout out to her mum and step dad as it showed having the family support is a huge factor in recovery. So millennials who are sort of late 20s into the late 30s, I think a third of them don’t drink now. And then when you look at Generation Z, which is kind of teens and early 20s, they are drinking even less again. In The Unexpected Joy of Being Sober, Catherine Gray shines a light on society's drink-pushing and talks to top neuroscientists and psychologists about why we drink, delving into the science behind what it does to our brains and bodies. The tipping point for Catherine Gray to stop drinking was not waking up in a police cell after drunkenly telling an officer to f**k off. Because I mean, when I was about four years sober I remember one of my best friends he’s a therapist saying to me, but you know, you’ve you’ve disentangled yourself from dependent drinking. So surely you can drink moderately, and you know, you’re happy now you’ve sorted everything out and your life. So surely you can drink again.The sober revolution taking place in younger generations with baby boomers now drinking more than millennials and gen z And once upon a time, that would have been unthinkable, you know, I needed a booze free bubble to feel safe. Surely we already knew this, on an atomic level, that even a small amount of alcohol screws with our body and mental health? Even when I managed to keep my pub tab to just two drinks, the next day I still felt the smudge of tiredness, the scratch of anxiety, the roil of nausea, the ghost of sadness. Our body tells us that it hates even titchy amounts of booze, if we would only listen; we don’t really need a report to tell us. In this podcast, my goal is to teach you the tried and true secrets of creating and living a life you don’t want to escape from.

I cannot imagine my friends—who grew up to be lawyers, and journalists, and lawyers, and lawyers—saying things like, “But what if you just did heroin on the weekends?” Or, “You really just need better product.” The author has a few good points: that it can be a nightmare to have to explain to people why you don’t drink as if you told them you replaced food with the energy of the Sun or something, that alcohol is overrated and that you really can live without it and also that once you have a problem it’s really worth it to quit. And so many of the books just ends when the when the day one comes along, or they maybe have one chapter or two chapters, about what sober living feels like. And so it feels like it’s all dark, there’s not enough light. If you want to hit refresh on life, you need this book. Consider The Unexpected Joy of Being Sober your healthy new addiction.' - Kate Faithfull-Williams, former health editor of Grazia, co-author of The Feelgood Plan and Hey, Where Did My Day Go? blogger A few years ago, I was drinking a lot. I was out most nights - with a hangover to match the next morning. With every drink, I felt like I was getting further away from the life that I wanted.Yeah, I mean, even if you’re watching TV and film, if you completely remove, you know the fact that alcohol sponsors it or there’s advert breaks or whatever 80 to 95% of TV and film depicts alcohol in a positive light said this study. So it’s it’s something that we don’t see very often if if you and it can, over the years, you can forget how bad it was and find yourself inching slowly towards drinking again.

Oh, of course, I got them in front of me. They’re just so you know, within the in the spirit of everyone has a completely different path. I just love that you gave an example of like the big things and the little things that really helped you from you know, crying your eyes out to taking long baths to you know, how you went to sleep and carrying around my little pony to the big stuff like addictive voice recognition and joining 100 Day Challenge. And that makes so much sense. I’m glad you dug into that, because I thought that was incredibly interesting.It’s easy to think that alcohol harm is inevitable. It isn’t. This report looks at alcohol in the UK today, and makes the case for key changes we must all work towards if we are to end serious alcohol harm. We’ve only scraped the tip of the iceberg of the many reasons this book teaches that you shouldn’t drink alcohol. But just consider that giving it up means a healthier life. No more hangovers, facial bloating, bloodshot eyes, or nights you can’t remember what kind of trouble you got into. My problem with the book is the timeline is a bit confusing. There is part where I couldn’t remember if certain years were pre sober or after sober time. She spends way too much time in this comparing every aspect of her life. Maybe it’s something I don’t really notice on my own sobriety. But I found it quite annoying how she was taking basic daily responsibilities to normal events and comparing how she felt before sobriety to how she feels being in those same situations now sober.

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