I always imagined drinking to be glamorous. The ‘pop’ of the champagne bottle, a crisp white with dinner, sunset drinks at a fancy bar… I romanticised it and was completely seduced by it.
Never mind that it often ended with me face down on the couch, or saying something stupid, or losing my purse. Forget that I’d spend the whole next day in a downward spiral of shame, nausea and paranoia. It was all worth it, right? All the mayhem, the lack of creativity, the hangover pain, was worth it?
Like Andrea, the ‘fun’ parts of my drinking had become smaller over the years until they were just tiny fragments of the big picture. Until I realised that self-worth, empowerment and passion were a hell of a lot more glamorous than hangovers.
When Andrea found herself trapped in a dysfunctional relationship with alcohol, she set about liberating herself. Now she walks her talk, helping other women to step into their own kick-ass version of themselves…
“I didn’t even realise how much it was taking up space in my life, and in my mind, until I quit.
[Sobriety], it just is freedom, in all aspects of my life… and really, not even so much the act of drinking, it’s the mental obsession. That was hell on earth; that was no way to live. And to not have that anymore – to have that lifted – it’s a miracle… There’s no way that I could feel free if I was still drinking.”
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