Mum-of-two Claire Owen has lost four stone and dropped three dress sizes since giving up alcohol (Image: Submitted)
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A woman changed her lifestyle improved her mental health and dropped three dress sizes after ditching the booze.
Claire Owen, 46, was drinking 10 bottles of wine a week to escape the stress of daily life.
The mother-of-two had a successful property business and a social lifestyle that many people crave.
She dismissed the idea she was an alcoholic as she felt she didn't "fit the profile".
But while she used alcohol to cover her problems, in reality it was creating even more.
She was miserable, struggled to sleep and lacked energy and was in a vicious cycle of drink-regret-repeat.
Claire is now running a life coaching business called The Soberholic to help other women.
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Claire told the chroniclelive : "It was drinking at home, wine after work and even more at weekends.
"Offers such as three bottles for £10 was just so easy, especially when we moved next door to a shop. It all became far too convenient.
"But I began to notice my mental health was being affected and I was struggling to cope through the week. I was so tired.
"We would open bottles of wine through the week and we would take days off and have long weekend's drinking."
Claire Owen was consuming 10 bottles of wine a week before becoming a 'soberholic'
The mum began to put piled on the pounds which did not help her mental health.
She said: "The weight was piling on me and I felt rubbish. I felt like the worst wife and mum in the world.
"But if I ever felt like I needed a pick me up I'd go get a bottle of prosecco or wine."
Claire of Stakeford, Northumberland, knew she needed to do something after her friend lost her life to alcohol last year aged just 52.
Her dad also died at the age of 45 of cancer after being a regular drinker and smoker, and she knew she did not want the same fate.
In 2018, she decided to give up alcohol in pursuit of a happier life and she has never looked back.
Claire Young from Warrington with her husband Bobby Young
Three years later she has lost four stone, dropped three dress sizes, improved her mental health, and feels like she is back in control of her life.
The Sunderland University graduate who now lives in Criccieth, Wales with her family is determined to rubbish the misconception that you need alcohol to have a good time.
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She is an ambassador for Alcohol Change UK, believes there is a culture of "it's 'gin o'clock' or 'is it okay to have a wine yet?' "
Claire added: "I knew I didn't want to die. I want to live until I'm 105.
"Many people say to me when I say I've given up alcohol is 'I wish I could do that'. A lot of people just don't think it's possible to quit alcohol, but it is.
"I feel sorry for people who drink now."
Claire Young with her sister Joanne Gill and their sons Alfie and Bobby Jnr
She has now set up her own life coaching business called 'The Soberholic' to guide clients on a journey to rebalancing their lives.
Her actions have has also inspired her husband, who has now not touched a drop of alcohol for six months.
By her own admission, she has gone from a self-proclaimed party prosecco princess to a jubilant J2O drinker and is wanting to help others follow in her footsteps.
She said: "The people I help are looking for life change.
"I can honestly say that I’m so much happier living a sober life. We all deserve to be healthy and happy.
"I’ve taken my power back and I want to support others in doing it too."