As we’re now well into Sober October, and with Dry January already on the horizon, this month’s Real Podcast is bound to be focused on the subject of not drinking. Not that we’re against alcohol, of course. Alcohol is not the problem. What fascinates us, and what we’re really keen to investigate over the coming episodes, is the way in which our society tends to dive neck first into what can only be described as an unthinking drinking culture.
On the way through this month’s podcasts, we’ll be hearing a lot of personal stories, some of which are quite harrowing, but they all have a common outcome: positivity. The desire to make a positive change and to help others to do the same.
We’ll be talking to people who came of age in the hard-drinking nineties culture, as well as younger non-drinkers currently running some of the biggest sober curious Instagram accounts. We’ll also be talking to people who are hoping to make changes from inside the drinking industry. It’s going to be a fascinating month.
One person who has really gone to the heart of this and started opening people’s eyes to the peculiarity of our accepted drinking culture is Lucy Rocca. Lucy launched the incredibly helpful Soberistas platform after shaking off the shackles of a particularly fraught relationship with alcohol and realising that, like so many people, Alcoholics Anonymous wasn’t necessarily for her.
As of this moment, Soberistas have close to 11,000 Facebook followers, 60,000 registered members, and a website containing 54,000 articles relating to the Sober Curious Movement.
We caught up with Lucy on a rickety phone line from Sheffield to discuss the sinister rise of Wine O’Clock, memories of Melanie Sykes and her Boddingtons Ice Cream van, and why it’s perhaps not a good idea to go drinking in theme parks.
Go on… have a listen.
Lucy Rocca quotes we love from this interview
“The message seems to be that it’s really rubbish being a parent, that it’s really hard work, and the only way to get through it is by getting pissed every night. I just find that horrible! We should be saying the opposite. It’s great being a mum, and certainly it’s tiring and all the rest of it, but necking a bottle of wine every night certainly doesn’t help!”
“The greater the gap between our authentic selves and the drunk version of ourselves, the greater our sense of discontentment”
“Everything that alcohol promises us, sobriety delivers. I think people drink a lot of the time because they’re bored, dissatisfied, there’s not much going on in their lives. And the more you drink, the smaller your world becomes.”
About Lucy Rocca
Lucy Rocca founded Soberistas.com after realising that her relationship with alcohol was no longer healthy. Not convinced that she was an alcoholic, she realised that Alcoholics Anonymous was not right for her, soon discovering that there weren’t many alternative options open to women who wanted a safe space to discuss their drinking concerns. The site is now home to 60,000 members, and – as you’ll hear in the podcast above – making significant waves across the globe.
Lucy is also the author of a number of books on non-drinking, many of which you can find by clicking on the carousel below. It was a real pleasure to speak to her.