Kelly Pegg is a Journalist and Broadcaster working in radio for more than 15 years. She is a mum of two who was born and raised in the East Midlands and loves living in Nottinghamshire with her family. She hosts the podcast The Hot Mess Mums’ club with TV Presenter Jenny Powell, supporting and empowering women everywhere. You can find it on Instagram @thehotmessmums
“Why don’t you drink?” “ Are you an alcoholic?” “What will you do at Christmas?”
These are just some of the questions I have been asked since I stopped drinking alcohol nine months ago.
We live in a society where alcohol is used to celebrate, commiserate, relax, and sadly cope with life’s difficulties, yet it is probably the most dangerous drug there is and it’s legal. Our view, on the whole, seems to be that if a person doesn’t drink there must be something wrong with them.
I will be the first to admit that during my twenties and early thirties I also carried this view. Now I’m 39 and I feel completely different. I have never felt stronger, happier or healthier without alcohol in my life.
I’d endured a really stressful time with my career and I’d been in a sad place. All of sudden as things started to change and I was coming out of it I started to dislike alcohol. I remember having a glass of wine whilst out having lunch with my husband last February. Afterwards I felt really poorly. A few weeks later I was out with friends and we had drinks. Afterwards I felt so bad physically and mentally. I lay awake all night battling feelings of guilt and worry. In that moment, I knew I was experiencing an epiphany of sorts.
I was chatting to Apprentice star Jessica Cunningham about it all. She recommended the audiobook This Naked Mind by Annie Grace. It changed how I felt about alcohol forever.
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