Giving up booze is boring?

Kate Garraway shocked by people's attitudes to her new regime

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7 Things I Learned During My Year Without Alcohol

Wow, I can't even believe I'm typing this! If you're reading this, it's because I made it. I made it to one full year without alcohol. On May 6, 2013, I took my last drink. I will never forget how it felt. I was sick and tired of being sick and tired. I was tired of being the party girl, I was tired of feeling like sh*t, I was tired of disappointing and embarrassing my friends and loved ones. I decided I needed a big change. Trying to drink in moderation hadn't proved to be the best option for me.

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Alcohol-Free Living Isn't Boring, It's Brilliant - The Sober School

I'm writing this from a little French café on the banks of the River Aisne.

I'm on holiday, the sun is shining. . . and I'm drinking my second café au lait.

Life feels GOOD.

It's at times like this that I think, wow - alcohol free living is pretty flipping amazing. That thought is often followed by: why did no one tell me it was going to be like this?!

Back when I was drinking way too much (and feeling hungover all the time) sobriety sounded like a last resort. Something to be avoided at all costs.It seemed dull, bleak and oh so boring. I know I’m not the only one who felt like that. Convincing yourself that sobriety is going to be dull is a very common sabotaging behaviour. Here are some tips to help you get clear on this myth:

Being drunk isn’t the same as having fun

Remember, a boring party is always going to be a boring party. If you drink at a boring party, it just means you’re drunk at a boring party. Yes, sometimes you will have rubbish nights out when you’re sober. But you also have rubbish nights out when you’re drinking! (We’ve all been to parties where it didn’t matter how much we drank, it wasn’t fun.)

Sobriety means you notice what’s happening around you and that’s a good thing. Even bad experiences provide valuable information about your life. You shouldn’t need to numb yourself with alcohol in order to tolerate people you like or places you love. It’s much better to know and understand what the real you enjoys.

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Kate Garraway: I've been shocked by people's attitudes towards me over alcohol

Good Morning Britain host Kate Garraway says she was shocked at how she was treated when she stopped drinking alcohol - saying people have a problem with abstinence.

The TV presenter, 50, has steered clear of alcohol for Dry January and is having liver tests.

Garraway told ITV show Lorraine that a test taken before she gave up drinking showed she had a fatty liver, thought to be from over-indulging at Christmas.

Describing herself as a "moderate drinker," Garraway said: "I thought, I don't really drink that much.

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