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.”