Claire HatwellBee Sober Ambassador

Claire Hatwell

Region: Cornwall

I'm a married mum of four, living in Cornwall. I've been sober since September 2016, but it took me a long time to get there. I struggled to admit I had a problem with alcohol because I didn't fit the stereotype that is shown in most places. Now, that's what makes me want to connect with others, to show that there is a way through it and sober life is actually pretty great.

At the worst point of my drinking I was a minimum of two bottles, normally three, of white wine by myself every single night. I convinced myself that I was okay because I held down my job, my kids were safe and happy, but once they were in bed, or almost in bed, I couldn't help myself. It's not been the easiest journey, but when you cut something out of your life that you've had for a very long time, it's going to take some relearning. I think it's really important to show that sobriety can be a positive choice, and not just a last resort, and that life without alcohol does not mean you are missing out, even though it might feel like that in the early days...

Connection is the best way I've found to understand both myself and what's going on in my life, I hope to be able to be an ear for those that need it now too.