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The Big Drink Rethink

Anna explores our shifting drinking culture by talking to the people rethinking and reshaping it. With the trademark lightness and non-judgement that define her as an Alcohol Mindset Coach, she invites us to consider our own perspectives, as she shares the knowledge, insights and tools that can help us make our own good, healthy life choices.

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Recent Episodes of The Big Drink Rethink


Ep 26: Toolkit ‘101’: 20 Tips for Alcohol Moderation

Ep 26: Toolkit ‘101’: 20 Tips for Alcohol Moderation

In this episode, Anna shares 20 expert-backed tips and hacks to help you navigate your drinking choices with more mindfulness and control. From strategic drinking during meals and alternating between alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, to avoiding rounds or kitties that speed up your intake, she’s got you covered. She also discusses practical shopping tips, like making dedicated trips to buy alcohol and saying no to wine subscription schemes that anonymise the purchase and heighten the allure of overindulgence.

Whether you're planning a night out or contemplating your weekly drinking routine at home, this toolkit is brimming with ac...

Episode 26 11 July 2024 35m and 33s


Ep 25: The Hidden Drivers of Behaviour and Addiction

Ep 25: The Hidden Drivers of Behaviour and Addiction

Anna interviews Dr. Manoj Krishna, a former spine surgeon turned mindfulness advocate, who shares his journey from setting up his medical practice to founding The HappierMe project, which focuses on understanding the mind to overcome human suffering.

Wonderfully insightful, Manoj sheds light on the thought processes that can lead to addiction, and they explore the societal and psychological pressures influencing the younger generation, particularly the impact of social media and constant comparison. 

The conversation then explores the essential role of self-enquiry, along with the three vital steps: awareness, ownership, and curiosity. Their conversation challenges conventional i...

Episode 25 4 July 2024 51m and 10s


Ep 24: Addressing the Alcohol Middle Ground with Russell Lamb

Ep 24: Addressing the Alcohol Middle Ground with Russell Lamb

Anna explores lower alcohol wines with her special guest, Russell Lamb, co-founder of 6Percent Wine. Russell shares the story behind their innovative 6% alcohol wine, designed to offer a full-flavoured drinking experience without the excess. He shares their business journey from wine tastings to finding the perfect Bordeaux producers, and the surprising feedback from the London Wine Fair. Plus all the regulatory hurdles they've encountered along the way. This episode is packed with insights into the changing drinking culture, mindful moderation, and the exciting future for pioneers like 6Percent - a reminder that the landscape is changing and great new...

Episode 24 27 June 2024 42m and 51s


Ep 23: Toolkit '101': Measuring Your Personal Happiness

Ep 23: Toolkit '101': Measuring Your Personal Happiness

Your host, Anna, explores happiness and its intricate relationship with alcohol consumption. Drawing inspiration from the pioneering work of psychologist Barbara Fredrickson, Anna introduces a straightforward but brilliant tool, designed to give listeners a unique and quantitative measure of their own personal happiness.  

Anna guides listeners through an enlightening and reflective exercise, involving the creation of a two-column chart to evaluate how alcohol contributes to or detracts from ten core emotions. By scoring these emotions on a scale of one to ten and noting alcohol's role, listeners can gain a clear and objective understanding of how alcohol in...

Episode 23 20 June 2024 36m and 37s


Ep 22: Overcoming Addiction and Redefining Masculinity with Alex Clapp

Ep 22: Overcoming Addiction and Redefining Masculinity with Alex Clapp

Anna Donaghey sits down with Alex Clapp, an entrepreneur and advocate for sober socialising. In this episode, you're invited to journey through Alex's personal battle with alcohol addiction and his quest to challenge societal norms surrounding masculinity and emotional vulnerability.

You’ll hear Alex’s story unfold, from growing up in an environment where showing emotion was seen as a weakness, to experiencing significant health challenges that turned his life upside down and forced him to confront his feelings. 


Join Anna and Alex as they delve into changing stereotypes, the issues created by em...

Episode 22 13 June 2024 48m and 30s


Ep 21: Key Drivers of Happiness and the Influence of Alcohol

Ep 21: Key Drivers of Happiness and the Influence of Alcohol

Anna Donaghey sits down with Matt Phelan, co-founder of The Happiness Index, to explore what makes us happy and the profound effects of alcohol on personal well-being, safety and relationships.

They challenge the notion of alcohol as a social adhesive, advocating instead for genuine friendships that thrive beyond the presence of a drink. Together, they examine the importance of psychological safety, not only in the workplace but in all aspects of life, and how alcohol can hinder our abilities to meet basic human needs.

Don't miss this enlightening conversation that promises to reshape how you...

Episode 21 6 June 2024 50m and 2s


Ep 20: Toolkit '101': Mindful Mastery: The Science & the Know-how

Ep 20: Toolkit '101': Mindful Mastery: The Science & the Know-how

In this episode of Big Drink Rethink, host Anna Donaghey dives into the world of mindful mastery, exploring the science and know-how behind cultivating self-awareness and emotional literacy to rethink drinking habits. Through personal stories from guests Nick Elston and Sam Williams in previous episodes, Anna emphasises the role of alcohol as a coping mechanism and the importance of understanding one's emotions. She introduces mindfulness and meditation as powerful tools to strengthen the brain, enhance self-control, and promote emotional well-being. Join Anna as she shares practical tips on incorporating mindfulness practices into daily life, offering a fresh perspective on...

Episode 20 30 May 2024 27m and 7s


Ep 19: Alcohol-Free Peace: Self-Love, ADHD & Perimenopause

Ep 19: Alcohol-Free Peace: Self-Love, ADHD & Perimenopause

Welcome back to the Big Drink Rethink podcast, where our host Anna Donaghey is chatting with the incredibly inspiring Sam Williams. Sam, a Certified Specialist ADHD Coach and Menopause Coach, shares her journey of self-discovery and transformation after giving up alcohol. She describes her drinking habits during lockdown, the social aspect of drinking, and how alcohol helped quiet her mind. Sam's decision to stop drinking was driven by a desire to know who she was without alcohol, and to set a positive example for her children. 

Through self-reflection and forgiveness practices, she developed a deeper understanding of h...

Episode 19 23 May 2024 48m and 35s


Ep 18: Beyond the Bottle: Nick Elston on Mental Health

Ep 18: Beyond the Bottle: Nick Elston on Mental Health

Welcome to another episode of The Big Drink Rethink, where your host, Anna Donaghey, is thrilled to bring you an enlightening conversation with mental health advocate Nick Elston. 

An inspirational speaker on mental health, Nick shares his own lived experience of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and generalised anxiety disorder. He believes that our adversities can either define us negatively or forge something beautiful and powerful. Giving up alcohol six years ago proved to be a release, as he discovered that he had been using it as a crutch. In this conversation, Nick and Anna discuss the power of v...

Episode 18 16 May 2024 52m and 27s


Ep 17: Toolkit '101': Overcoming the Fear of Change

Ep 17: Toolkit '101': Overcoming the Fear of Change

In today’s toolkit episode, Overcoming the Fear of Change, your host Anna Donaghey invites you to start a transformative journey towards a healthier, alcohol-free future. She discusses how changing your ‘drinker’ identity can be seen as an opportunity rather than a threat. Anna also talks about adopting an experimental mindset and focusing on the gains of sobriety rather than the perceived losses. She encourages listeners to make a list of the characteristics they want to change and the person they want to become. Anna concludes with a powerful exercise that helps visualise the potential future one, three and then t...

Episode 17 9 May 2024 29m and 37s

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