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 become “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 mommy juice culture comes from the need for a release from the stress and boredom
- Motherhood is a tricky mix of mundane tasks and huge responsibility, and women need more information to prepare them for that
- Just as drinking is glamorized 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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