Tribe Sober - inspiring an alcohol-free life!
My guest this week is Vicky Vanstone - a Brit who is living in Australia
Vicky was a binge drinker whose identity was pretty much as a "party animal"
However like many young women she found the transition from party animal to stay at home mom a very difficult one and eventually decided to stop drinking completely - and now she inspires other moms to get "sober curious"
In this Episode
- Vicky had surrounded herself with other drinkers so her binge drinking was completely normalized
- As a party animal she enjoyed recounting funny stories from the night before
- Things changed for Vicky when she had her first child - motherhood introduced an element of shame into the morning after
- She felt hugely anxious and guilty that she was struggling to look after the baby when she was hungover
- These emotions led her to becoming "sober curious" at the age of 34
- We agreed that the "sober curious" movement is hugely helpful as it implies that we can get off the slippery slope
- We don't have to hit "rock bottom" and become an "alcoholic" before we make some changes
- For Vicky the transition from independent party girl to stay at home mom was a huge shock - as it is for many women
- She believes that's where the mommyjuice culture comes from - the need for a release from the stress and boredom
- Motherhood is a tricky mix of mndane tasks and huge responsibility and women need more information to prepare them for that
- Just as drinking is glamorised by the media so is motherhood - which makes reality an even bigger shock
- Vicky got some help by going to a therapist - she learned that she had to value herself rather than "people pleasing"
- She has now been alcohol free for 2 years and has her own podcast called "Sober Awkward"
- Vicky's website is www.drunkmummysobermummy.com and she also has a FB group
- Joining Tribe Sober is also a great way to start your sober curious journey..
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