“When I gave up nearly seven years ago, I was struck by the fact that there was very little online to support you if you wanted to change your drinking. Run a marathon 🏃🏼♂️, lose weight, stop smoking 🚬- they all have a host of tools and forums, but I drew a blank on drinking. 🥂 I did not want to go to AA, for many reasons I felt it was not for me, but I also did not want to go to a health service drop-in - as far as I was concerned that was for people with real problems, and I could not get a picture of what it was they would offer to support me.
A behaviour change approach gave me the power to make a change, and I wanted to build a service to develop the advice and tools that people need to support their journey. After talking to other people I realised I was not alone. There are lots of us out there who want a bit of extra support, but don’t want to go to meetings every day, or dive into expensive therapy. Our members want to share real experiences about dodging the social pressures, learning to relax or eating healthier and we curate advice, drinks, events and other resources to help you.” 💫
Laura Willoughby co-founded @joinclubsoda
movement with individuals, venues and drinks as members. Their aim is to create a world where nobody feels out of place not drinking. She now runs Club Soda full time, as well as supporting 25,000 members with online courses and an amazing community. They also run social events, the Mindful Drinking Festivals. 👌🏼 If you’re interested, their next one is on 12th/13th January with Adnams at the Truman Brewery, they will have over 60 drinks brands, cocktail stage and lots of inspirational speakers. They’ve also launched an app for Mindful drinkers in the new year, so you can find the best drinks and where to buy them.
Laura’s work is super inspirational, let us know if you’re involved with club soda! 😎