There's no shame in taking a break from booze, says sobriety advocate

Going public about your sobriety helps you stay on track, explains advocate Janet Gourand.

Gourand is a recovering alcoholic and the founder of World Without Wine, a sobriety community which provides support and workshops.

Read: Sobriety advocate Janet Gourand pens moving letter on living without alcohol

She explains that there is no shame in taking a break from alcohol and its harmful effects.

Opening up about your personal journey of quitting booze also means that other people are able to hold you accountable.

Also read: You don't owe anyone an explanation for why you don't drink - sobriety advocate

Gourand coaches and facilitates recovery and wellness classes and has encouraged people to participate in the Dry January challenge and quit alcohol for the month.

She advises that alcohol has an impact on sleep and causes prolonged fatigue, among other side effects.

There's a huge benefit from giving your body a break. Let's face it, alcohol is an addictive poison.

Janet Gourand, sobriety advocate

It's the only drug we have to justify not taking. It's just crazy.

Janet Gourand, sobriety advocate

If you're a daily drinker - even if it's only one or two glasses of wine - that means you spend the next day in withdrawal.

Janet Gourand, sobriety advocate

The joy about Dry January is that is is actually a health kick.

Janet Gourand, sobriety advocate

Alcohol can be consumed, but use it with caution. Use it with respect.

Janet Gourand, sobriety advocate

Take a listen to her expert advice and listeners call in to share their personal experiences:


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