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October 09, 2017

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Denise

Bravo! I quit drinking, along with my husband, a few years ago, and have zero regrets. It remains a bit odd socially, especially when also eating a vegan diet, but it all gets easier with time and I feel way better, all around.

Claire

Thanks so much for writing this Lucy. I'm finding in my late 30s that I'm completely changing my relationship to alcohol too. It's lovely to read your writing again. xx

lucy

@denise - it's particularly hard here in australia where we have such an enormous drinking culture, but like you and your beautiful hubby, yep. zero regrets! x

@claire - hi sweets! i'm glad you feel the same way. insight on sbs tonight is well worth a look, i reckon. chicks and booze...weekends feel so much better when you're not nursing a sore head xx

ajd

Lovely to hear your voice again. :)

Chez Leggatt-Cook

I appreciate the honesty Lucy, it resonated so much with me. I started working on reducing my intake about five years ago, mainly because hangovers are simply the worst, but also because I had a few experiences where I wasn't in control - nothing bad happened, but on reflection, I scared myself. I still drink, every weekend actually, but I ingest slowly, always with food and friends etc. The links between alcohol consumption and breast cancer are an additional motivator as I move into my 40s...I guess this is my brain catching up with my body? A slightly painful process, but a better way of being.

lucy

hi aj - thank you!

@chez: yes, yes and yes! i think a lot of us are rethinking our relationship to booze, and those breast cancer links are truly scary. a past-boss of mine survived cancer 3 times (all of them hormonal), and she was often talking to me about how alcohol 'relaxed' her...a better way of being - i like that phrasing very much. x

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