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An alcoholic in a pandemic: How I fought the anxiety, the lack of routine - and stayed sober throughout

Enda O’Doherty is a teacher, endurance athlete, motivational speaker and mental health advocate. He shares how managed to stave off temptation and maintain his sobriety over the last year

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Enda O’Doherty believes healthy living is a good way to resist the temptations of alcohol. Picture: Patrick Browne.

Enda O’Doherty believes healthy living is a good way to resist the temptations of alcohol. Picture: Patrick Browne.

Enda O’Doherty

Enda O’Doherty

I’m Fine: Thoughts on Life, Addiction, Love and Health

I’m Fine: Thoughts on Life, Addiction, Love and Health

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Enda O’Doherty believes healthy living is a good way to resist the temptations of alcohol. Picture: Patrick Browne.

I’ll always be an alcoholic. The drinks cabinet in my Waterford home has earned my gaze more than it did prior to the unwelcome arrival of Covid-19. How could it not? And I will always know my triggers. Thankfully, vodka remains nothing more than a concept for me, as does the prospect of sipping a tangy limoncello on a lounger in Capri on a scorching day, loaded with the promise of the next sip.

By God do I still love the prospect of a drink; the softened edge a glass (or bottle) of whatever I’d fancy would provide me right now feels so right. So easy. So accessible. And there it is, in my line of vision. Like Excalibur, gleaming in a mudflat.


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