I had always been a big drinker and alcohol had always played a huge part of my life. I drank for every occasion, happy or sad and before long alcohol was my escape from the unhappy life it had created. As the years went on it was becoming more and more evident that drink was taking far more from me than it was giving. I was wasting my precious days either drinking or feeling so terrible I could hardly move off the sofa. It's only now I realise that alcohol was the very thing that was causing my unhappiness, anxiety and depression. After endless “enough is enough’s” and constant online searches on am I drinking too much, OYNB popped up on my news feed! 

I decided to give it a go.

I had tried so many times to cut down and failed miserably so what did I have to lose. I signed up to the 90-Day Challenge and I am here 57 days in completely blip free. I have now made the firm decision to continue on to 365 days. Never in my wildest dreams did I expect my life to change the way it has. The anxiety ridden, depressed, unhappy self has transformed back into the old happy Laura I once was. I can’t tell you how good it feels to be back here. 

My outlook on life is more positive than it has ever been.

Everything is possible when you are free from the drink. I am so grateful to the OYNB group for the support and motivation to help get me to this place. The online community is a fantastic place and I feel like I have started to form new friendships which have helped me immensely. 

The clarity I have now is something else, every area of my life has dramatically improved. I am now looking forward to my new alcohol free life with my new main WHYS, my two beautiful children that need a happy, present, calm mum. I honestly can see no reason to EVER return to my old life as a drinker. My message to anyone thinking about having a break from alcohol is give it a go, there really is nothing to lose and everything to gain. 

Laura x


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