Making an alcohol-free life a reality

Making an alcohol-free life a reality

21 September 2022

Coach Carol Urry has developed a proven strategy to help people take back control and become totally free from the grip of alcohol. She’ll be sharing skills, habits and tools in a new four-week course in association with MindSpace called the Alcohol-free Experience.

Carol tells us more…

My mission is to give skills to anyone who feels overwhelmed so they can start living their best life. My course will support you as you take your first steps to taking back control.

My strategy will walk you through the reasons why you drink, mindset around alcohol, how to conquer cravings and the science behind why we are addicted to alcohol. 

You will have the opportunity to examine your personal relationships and build on your confidence. At the end of the course you’ll have the skills you need to control alcohol and conquer your desire to drink. You’ll not only boost your self-esteem, but also build on the meaningful relationships with the ones you love. 

I am a certified This Naked Mind coach and a trained member of the International Coaching Federation. I have been alcohol free since October 2019 and work specifically with mums who are struggling to keep children, work, relationships and home life running smoothly.

“I got up one day and decided that today was the day.”

While raising two children of my own, one of whom lives with the challenges of autism and ADHD, I realised I was using alcohol to help cope with all of life’s responsibilities and a challenging marriage that ended in divorce.

I got up one day and decided that today was the day. I committed to myself that I would take one day at a time and do the best I could do. I searched on the internet for tips on staying alcohol free and found some ‘quit lit’ books and podcasts to listen to. I bought the ‘This Naked Mind’ book and signed up to The 30-day Alcohol Experiment with Annie Grace.

I managed a week without drinking, then another and then a whole month. I had only ever gone a month alcohol free before with Sober October, but this felt different. 

I wasn’t ‘white knuckling’ like I had been before and using pure willpower because the method I was using was changing the way I thought about alcohol. I began to see an improvement in how I felt and was hopeful for the first time in years that I could do this.

I was now able to sleep through the night without waking with the 3am anxiety. I was feeling more energised, and occupying my mind with new self-help practices, and new hobbies.

My relationship with my husband was improving. He was still drinking, but it no longer bothered me. In fact, the smell was a turn off, and it wasn’t a substance I wanted to put into my body anymore. My mind had been totally transformed and he was liking the less ‘tetchy’ argumentative wife.

“I get to wake up early, refreshed and ready to start a new day”

The best feeling about being free from the urge to drink, is having the freedom to go out to dinner and not have to fight about who would drive back. As each month passed, I became more confident. I could now volunteer to take the kids out in the evenings, and not feel like I was missing out on my ‘chill time’ with my wine. The presence of mind and clarity I had was so worth it. I was loving my new life; I was starting to like myself again.

As my journey continued, alcohol completely took a back seat and the month-by-month reset has morphed into the new me. I am a completely different person to what I was in October 2019. I get to wake up early, refreshed and ready to start a new day, with energy and enthusiasm. I know it sounds weird to say if you are still drinking but having a taste of what total freedom is like is completely addictive – you just want more!

I can now see how alcohol held me back, and how every glass I drank placed another link in the chain to the shackles I was wearing. I was so thankful that I had decided to take back control, to break free from decades of addiction.

For more information on Carol Urry and the coaching she offers go to

Find out more about the course at Carol’s free taster session on Thursday 22 September at 6.30pm at MindSpace. To book in, click here.