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How to Write a "Dear Alcohol" Letter as a New Year Ritual

To 50 and Beyond - Sobriety for Midlife Women

Release Date: 12/27/2023

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Episode 274 

Hello friend! 

Happy New Year! 

If you're thinking about giving up alcohol in 2024 and want to kickstart the year on a positive note, try writing a "Dear Alcohol" letter. It's a great way to understand your relationship with alcohol better and get pumped up for an alcohol-free lifestyle.

In this episode, I will talk about the main benefit of writing a letter to alcohol, how to decide if this practice is for you, and some simple tips to help you get started if you choose, and then what to do with your letter when you’re done. I will also read my current “Dear Alcohol” letter.

You can read the full show notes here. 

 

Resources mentioned in this episode: 

Exploring Your Relationship with Alcohol and Why It Matters

 

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