Episode Summary

When boozing leads to breakdown. Ruby talks to British healer and energy worker Rachael Welford about a lifetime of excessive drinking as a way of medicating mental health issues that eventually couldn't be ignored.

Episode Notes

The first episode of Season 2 is an interview with Rachael Welford of Welford Wellbeing, a British healer and energy worker who's only dream as a kid was "to be a raver when I grew up." Rachael shares her story of gravitating towards a work-hard-play-hard lifestyle as a way of medicating underlying mental health issues, and the breakdown that eventually led to her getting "sober curious" and quitting drinking for good.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • What people mean when they say they don't "trust" non-drinkers

  • Why drinking is so normalized in our culture

  • "Burnout" as a sign that an underlying mental health issue needs to be addressed

  • Why it is time to de-stigmatize depression

  • Healing from trauma and thriving in recovery

  • How to create healthy new habits that support our mental and emotional wellbeing

You can learn more about Rachael and her work at www.welfordwellbeing.com.

Season 2 of the Sober Curious podcast is supported by Grüvi, and you can get 20% off any onLine order at www.getgruvi.com with the code RUBY20.

About the Show

Sober Curious author Ruby Warrington talks to all kinds of folks about their relationships to booze, as well as how to navigate life as a non-drinker in a world that loves to get wasted.