Tag Archives: alcohol and other drugs

Compassion, Care & Safety

Towards reducing intoxication in activist spaces Reducing intoxication in activist spaces doesn’t only address accessibility for people in recovery – it also opens the door to people who have been impacted by the alcoholism of parents, partners and others and can enhance efforts to make those spaces safer. An anonymous survivor of parental alcoholism shares […]

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What are you drinking?

Non-alcoholic options We’ve been exploring the connections between alcohol and activism, and a number of writers have shared their perspectives on drinking and sobriety. But when you decide to walk the sober path, or just cut down for a night, what are your beverage options? Liz Shield lays it out for us. What do you […]

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Wet><Dry: Juggling drinking/user rights AND sobriety

Sunny Drake contributes to our series on alcohol use with a post about creating spaces during celebration events to support drinkers and sober folk alike. This post focuses on Pride month in Toronto, since the warm season is now coming up for Southern Hemisphere there is plenty of great advice to consider for events Down […]

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An alcohol-free 9 months

Erin Farley shares her story about enjoying alcohol and then having a break during pregnancy, with particular reflections on the role alcohol plays in workplace socialising. This is the fourth post on our series on alcohol and activism – more stories welcome! I really like drinking alcohol. I didn’t really start until I was 17 and moved […]

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What can’t go on forever, won’t

Drinking and the Left Ben Courtice shares his personal story about activism, drinking, and stopping drinking – and his observations of the cultures that contribute to unhealthy relationships with alcohol. This is the third article in our series on alcohol in activist communities.  A number of the most hard working activists I know are also some […]

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Privileges and problematics of sobriety

The second in our series on alcohol and activism is a piece on the social positionality and wider power-dynamics of sobriety. We welcome all kinds of feedback on the ideas presented in this series, so please feel free to share your own story or thoughts in the comments section.  i’ve been sober my entire life. […]

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Sobriety and Capitalism

Plan to Thrive is publishing a series of blog posts on alcohol use in activist spaces, and we welcome your input! This first post was originally published in ‘Another Sober Zine’ and is a personal refection of experiencing drinking cultures, particularly within the radical activist community. I’ve spent a lot of time now in radical political […]

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