Self
How I Turned My Sobriety Into Success
Words by GREER MCNALLY
Photography by GISELLE CRISTINE
Self
How I Turned My Sobriety Into Success
Words by GREER MCNALLY
Photography by GISELLE CRISTINE
One woman explains how learning to say no to booze helped her to say yes to her personal and professional goals.

Booze. Once it was banned completely, and now some governments deem it a Coronavirus “essential”. Our relationship with alcohol is a complex one  and our changing work habits during the pandemic are exacerbating that further. As our homes become the new unregulated office spaces, 1 in 3 of us are more likely to be pouring ourselves a drink during work hours (according to a recent US study). 

Freelance writer and digital strategist, Ally Sinyard, 30, noticed that alcohol was affecting her work-life back in 2015. She therefore decided to try her first ever Stoptober - giving up alcohol for the month of October. This coming New Year’s Day, she will be five years dry. 

“Throughout 2015, I'd noticed that my drinking was getting a little out of control," she says. "It wasn’t that I was drinking often; it was more that, when I did, it was excessive. I’d forget huge chunks of the night and wake up not remembering how I got there. I didn’t like it. I really hated the feelings of dread and shame. I also realised I didn’t really like how being drunk made me feel: sluggish, bored, and prone to silliness of the dangerous sort.” 

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