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Sober October: 'It's never too late to start'

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Sober October: 'It's never too late to start'

Published by the Eagle Radio News Team at 6:00am 20th October 2019.

An Aldershot man says taking a month off from drinking helped kick-start the end of his 25 year dependency on alcohol.

Simon Chapple says his drinking affected his relationships, health and outlook on life until he made the decision to go sober.

He has now moved from being a heavy drinker to a sobriety coach, helping others curb their drinking.

Explaining his experience, he said: "I started drinking as a teenager and from the age of 14 was drinking regularly.

"When my parents divorced I was 25 and at that point I started drinking a bottle of wine every day.

"By the time I reached my early 40s, I was continuing to drink heavily and I knew I had a problem.

"I couldn’t get through the day without a drink and the thought of not drinking made me feel physically ill - I knew that something had to change."

Simon began his sober journey with a month off the booze and says if you're concerned about your habits, time away is the best way to start: "A lot of people can drink moderately, but there's also a lot of people who are worried about their drinking.

"They know they are drinking everyday, they're drinking too much and they need to do something to make a change and they don't necessarily know what to do.

"What I would urge people to do is take a selfie at the start, take one after 30 days and when you see those changes and you feel the changes and you start sleeping better and the darkness under your eyes has gone, you're smiling more - it probably will make you then think 'do I actually need this in your life'?"

Simon's Facebook group “Be Sober” is now one of the largest online sober communities in the world - he has also written a book called The Sober Survival Guide.

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