Jennifer Zamparelli on Sober October

Sober October is on this month.  RTE’s Jennifer Zamparelli covered the topic on Radio 2 this week. Jennifer is also a very talented actress playing the very funny Bridget in “Bridget and Eamon”, a TV soap I always laugh at.

Jennifer gives up alcohol

Early this year, Jennifer was interviewed on why she gave up alcohol. She was a host on “Dancing with the Stars” and her work schedule was just too busy.  She said:

‘I knocked drinking on the head for a while. I know, I’m a boring b*****d. I don’t drink on the Sunday with the lads.”

Very sad.  Our Irish culture has taught Jennifer to believe when she’s not drinking she’s boring.  It shows just how much our culture revolves around and adores alcohol.

No regrets

The interviewer says

“Despite her busy schedule and having to give up alcohol, Jennifer said she has no regrets joining Dancing with the Stars.”

So again, it’s such a sacrifice giving up alcohol. There’s no emphasis on the the great things in Jennifer’s life and that life without alcohol can be happy and satisfying.

Jennifer is not doing Sober October

Our own Valerie Farragher was invited onto RTE2 with Jennifer to discuss Sober October. When Valerie asks Jennifer does she have a hangover, Jennifer replies not today, but laughs I’m glad you did n’t ask me that yesterday  So it appears Sober October is not for Jennifer. She is back on the alcohol.

As an interviewer she covers the topic well with lots of people texting in and gives plenty of time to Valerie.

Valerie gives good advice

Valerie talks a lot of sense about our attitudes to drink.  She thinks “harm reduction” rather than abstinence is much more helpful for people trying to manage their drinking.

A really good tip is listing all the reasons you like drinking and then all the reasons you don’t like drinking. (Click here for more information)

You can listen to the full interview here on Sober October 2FM

This post was written by Carol

As some who gets hangovers lasting a week, Carol never drank too much - Once she got to a sensible age! However as a patient with an auto immune illness, since she was a teenager she has to drink very little. So she really understands how Irish society makes this very difficult. Carol is responsible for all aspects of Lifewise operations that Valerie and Angela do not cover.

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