Inspiring-individual-Davina's-story

Davina has been using our Time of My Life service, a Birmingham-based scheme that supports people aged over 50 who are living with the affects of alcohol. It also tackles the issues behind its use including bereavement, retirement, boredom, loneliness and depression by providing one to one support, financial and social support as well as numerous peer led groups.

As part of the National Lottery grant which funded the project we’ve been touring the country showcasing its work and Davina has been sharing her experiences to encourage and inspire others that recovery is possible.

“There’s a lot of stigma around alcohol and it isn’t given the respect it deserves, because it destroys lives, it destroys people, it takes lives away, it ruins families. It’s such a negative, negative thing. It’s all right saying ‘oh I’ll just have a couple’ but then the next thing you know you’re blottoed. It has a knock-on effect, it’s not just you but the people you know and the people around you. If you were sober and you could see it from the outside, you’d do something about it sooner. You really would.

There’s a lot of stigma around alcohol and it isn’t given the respect it deserves, because it destroys lives, it destroys people, it takes lives away, it ruins families. It’s such a negative, negative thing.

“My drinking was getting totally out of control, I was drinking copious amounts of wine and cider every single day. I was finding myself collapsed in the hall way, my appearance suffered, my personal hygiene suffered and I was extremely, extremely depressed. And I knew that if I carried on like this I’d either end up in the gutter or end up dead.

Coming to Aquarius has given me the confidence to realise that there’s more to life than alcohol.

“Coming to Aquarius has given me the confidence to realise that there’s more to life than alcohol. I’ve got a lot more energy, my mood’s a lot better. I’m cleaning the house, I’m socialising with people instead of drinking on my own. I can actually come out, have a good time where I’m not going to be judged and the last thing we talk about is alcohol. It just shows how full your life can be without it, you don’t need it.”