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Over The Influence is the alcohol free podcast presented by BBC broadcast journalist Sharon Hartley and Sound Rebel podcast producer Ben Anderson. They have both gone completely alcohol free, and this podcast is an honest conversation about how their lives have changed since making that choice. If you’re here, it means you’re thinking about your relationship with alcohol - we hope our podcast is supporting you in your journey, whether that be going completely alcohol free or whether you’re j ...
 
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In this episode we chat to Fraser Franks, a former professional footballer who started to struggle with alcohol after a medical diagnosis put a stop to his career overnight. We're Sharon and Ben, two normal people who decided to give up alcohol to see how our lives would change. We're not medical experts but we are expert ex-drinkers, and our podca…
 
In this episode we chat to Rosie, a wonderful young woman from the UK who now lives in New Zealand happily drug and alcohol free! We're Sharon and Ben, two normal people who decided to give up alcohol to see how our lives would change. We're not medical experts but we are expert ex-drinkers, and our podcast brings people together who are on their o…
 
In this episode we chat to Niamh O'Sheehan who says she walked her way sober! We're Sharon and Ben, two normal people who decided to give up alcohol to see how our lives would change. We're not medical experts but we are expert ex-drinkers, and our podcast brings people together who are on their own alcohol-free journeys by celebrating just how won…
 
On the last Monday of every month, Over The Influence is being taken over by Joey Duckworth and Charlie Martina, two people in their 20s who've decided to ditch booze and live life alcohol-free. In this episode, Charlie and Joey talk about alcohol and its affect on mental health. This is an area that they're both incredibly passionate about, and on…
 
In this episode we chat to Andy Delderfield, who's recently completed an ice ultra marathon in Sweden! We're Sharon and Ben, two normal people who decided to give up alcohol to see how our lives would change. We're not medical experts but we are expert ex-drinkers, and our podcast brings people together who are on their own alcohol-free journeys by…
 
In this episode we chat to Miles Bingham, aka The Sober Trekker! We're Sharon and Ben, two normal people who decided to give up alcohol to see how our lives would change. We're not medical experts but we are expert ex-drinkers, and our podcast brings people together who are on their own alcohol-free journeys by celebrating just how wonderful life w…
 
Just over two years ago, we gathered around a kitchen table in Liverpool to talk about an idea for a new alcohol-free podcast. It would be called Over The Influence, and it had one mission: to sing about the joys of sobriety, in the hope that it would encourage people to give alcohol-free life a try. The world was changing and people were giving up…
 
On the last Monday of every month for the rest of this year, Over The Influence is being taken over by Joey Duckworth and Charlie Martina, two people in their 20s who've decided to ditch booze and live life alcohol-free. In this episode, Charlie and Joey talk about a survey they did at Sober Soc, the sober society at Liverpool University that Charl…
 
In this episode we chat to Harrison Ward, aka The Fell Foodie! We're Sharon, Freddie and Ben, three normal people who decided to give up alcohol to see how our lives would change. We're not medical experts but we are expert ex-drinkers, and our podcast brings people together who are on their own alcohol-free journeys by celebrating just how wonderf…
 
In this episode we chat to Ann Gash, a woman from Anglesey who has found the confidence to change her life in incredible ways. We're Sharon, Freddie and Ben, three normal people who decided to give up alcohol to see how our lives would change. We're not medical experts but we are expert ex-drinkers, and our podcast brings people together who are on…
 
In this episode we chat to stand up comedian, Russell Hicks, who's been sober for 13 years! We're Sharon, Freddie and Ben, three normal people who decided to give up alcohol to see how our lives would change. We're not medical experts but we are expert ex-drinkers, and our podcast brings people together who are on their own alcohol-free journeys by…
 
This is the first episode of our new takeover series, where Charlie Martina and Joey Duckworth tell us what it's like to be young and sober in modern society. Both Charlie and Joey decided to ditch booze in their early 20s, and in this episode they talk about what the drinking environment is like for young people today... Do they face the same pres…
 
In this episode we chat to the fabulous Annie Grace, author of This Naked Mind! We're Sharon, Freddie and Ben, three normal people who decided to give up alcohol to see how our lives would change. We're not medical experts but we are expert ex-drinkers, and our podcast brings people together who are on their own alcohol-free journeys by celebrating…
 
In this episode we chat to Susan McGarry, one of our fabulous OTI Community members! Susan has completely transformed her life in the last couple of years... She's been on a weight loss journey, she's packed in the cigarettes, and of course, she's removed alcohol from her life too. We're Sharon, Freddie and Ben, three normal people who decided to g…
 
Welcome to the OTI Young & Sober Takeover! This episode is the start of something new for us... You will have heard from Charlie Martina before as she's appeared on a couple of episodes of Over The Influence, but this is the first time you're meeting the fabulous Joey Duckworth! We say the first time because for the rest of this year, Charlie and J…
 
In this episode we chat to Sarah Hepola, the author of a book that helped all three of us in the early days of our sobriety, Blackout: Remembering The Things I Drank To Forget. We're Sharon, Freddie and Ben, three normal people who decided to give up alcohol to see how our lives would change. We're not medical experts but we are expert ex-drinkers,…
 
In this episode we chat to Sammy Hall, the wonderful founder of Sober Circle! We're Sharon, Freddie and Ben, three normal people who decided to give up alcohol to see how our lives would change. We're not medical experts but we are expert ex-drinkers, and our podcast brings people together who are on their own alcohol-free journeys by celebrating j…
 
In this episode we chat to Chris Anthony, otherwise known as The Sober Exec! We're Sharon, Freddie and Ben, three normal people who decided to give up alcohol to see how our lives would change. We're not medical experts but we are expert ex-drinkers, and our podcast brings people together who are on their own alcohol-free journeys by celebrating ju…
 
This is our first episode of 2022, and we're absolutely delighted to be back! We cannot wait to get chatting to our fabulous list of guests for this year - but before we do, we had a question from Jodie on Instagram on the 1st January who found Over The Influence because of our Dry January Special episode. She asked us which guest pod she should go…
 
Wit a voice like Freddie Mercury's, what else do you need to make music? Not a lot, just enough to support his vocals. Such is the philosophy of this remix of Bohemian Rhapsody: gone are the 160 layered voices, back is Freddie Mercury's amazing voice in your ears. Queen rehearsed Bohemian Rhapsody for 3 weeks before even starting to record it. It t…
 
This is our Dry January Special 2022, and we were delighted to be joined by Dr Richard Piper, the CEO of Alcohol Change UK, and OTI Community Member Danielle Cooper, who used Dry January as a way to kickstart her own alcohol-free journey. We talk about what Dry January is, why you should give it a go if you're sober curious, and what affect doing D…
 
This episode is a special one... We've been so lucky to talk to some incredible people this year on Over The Influence, and because it's Christmas we asked some of our favourite guests to send us a voice note with their top tips for enjoying an alcohol-free Christmas. Because that really is so important when it comes to an AF Christmas... It's not …
 
In this episode we chat to Charlie Martina, the sober student who's only the second person to have a second Over The Influence episode! We're Sharon, Freddie and Ben, three normal people who decided to give up alcohol to see how our lives would change. We're not medical experts but we are expert ex-drinkers, and our podcast brings people together w…
 
Listen to Let It Be as you've never heard it before! After brave attempts by Glyn Johns (4x), George Martin and Giles Martin, the definitive mix of the Let It Be album has finally arrived. True to their motto of "Less is More", the BDJ engineers have taken the songs apart and put them back together - in a surprising way. Discover nuances and subtle…
 
In this episode we chat to Shaena Jasmat (Shaena Kasey Jay on socials), an empowerment coach and Bee Sober ambassador who said in her email to us that she's the only Indian female that she's come across who's shouting loudly about alcohol addiction. We're Sharon, Freddie and Ben, three normal people who decided to give up alcohol to see how our liv…
 
In this episode we go back to where it all started... Sharon and Freddie have a moment to reflect on how far they've come as individuals when it comes to their own alcohol free journeys, but also about how far Over The Influence has come... All thanks to you, our wonderful listeners. Of course, with Christmas not too far away now, they also talk ab…
 
In this episode we chat to Adam Smith from Yorkshire, a former bar manager who hit rock bottom and decided to change his life, and is now a successful life coach. We're Sharon, Freddie and Ben, three normal people who decided to give up alcohol to see how our lives would change. We're not medical experts but we are expert ex-drinkers, and our podca…
 
In this episode we chat to the wonderful Matt Pink, otherwise known as Better Life Guy! We're Sharon, Freddie and Ben, three normal people who decided to give up alcohol to see how our lives would change. We're not medical experts but we are expert ex-drinkers, and our podcast brings people together who are on their own alcohol-free journeys by cel…
 
In this episode we chat to one of our fabulous OTI Community members, Jenny Downs! We're Sharon, Freddie and Ben, three normal people who decided to give up alcohol to see how our lives would change. We're not medical experts but we are expert ex-drinkers, and our podcast brings people together who are on their own alcohol-free journeys by celebrat…
 
In this episode we chat to the wonderful (and anonymous) Person Irresponsible! We're Sharon, Freddie and Ben, three normal people who decided to give up alcohol to see how our lives would change. We're not medical experts but we are expert ex-drinkers, and our podcast brings people together who are on their own alcohol-free journeys by celebrating …
 
In this episode we chat to the fabulous Stuart Cook who runs the Instagram page, Sober and Fucking Enlightened! We're Sharon, Freddie and Ben, three normal people who decided to give up alcohol to see how our lives would change. We're not medical experts but we are expert ex-drinkers, and our podcast brings people together who are on their own alco…
 
In this episode we chat to the lovely Melody Woods, known within the sober community as Merlot Free Melody! We're Sharon, Freddie and Ben, three normal people who decided to give up alcohol to see how our lives would change. We're not medical experts but we are expert ex-drinkers, and our podcast brings people together who are on their own alcohol-…
 
In this episode we chat to Irene Wignall, who's a detective by day and an author by night! We're Sharon, Freddie and Ben, three normal people who decided to give up alcohol to see how our lives would change. We're not medical experts but we are expert ex-drinkers, and our podcast brings people together who are on their own alcohol-free journeys by …
 
In this episode we chat to Dean McCullough, the sober superstar who's just landed his dream job on BBC Radio 1! We're Sharon, Freddie and Ben, three normal people who decided to give up alcohol to see how our lives would change. We're not medical experts but we are expert ex-drinkers, and our podcast brings people together who are on their own alco…
 
In this episode we chat to David Wilson, who's known to thousands of people on social media as Sober Dave! We're Sharon, Freddie and Ben, three normal people who decided to give up alcohol to see how our lives would change. We're not medical experts but we are expert ex-drinkers, and our podcast brings people together who are on their own alcohol-f…
 
This episode is a little different to normal, as it's our Sober October Special! We're Sharon, Freddie and Ben, three normal people who decided to give up alcohol to see how our lives would change. We're not medical experts but we are expert ex-drinkers, and our podcast brings people together who are on their own alcohol-free journeys by celebratin…
 
In this episode we chat with the hugely inspirational Benjamin Owen, the transformation coach who owns Fast Way To Fitness in North Wales and has just launched his latest project, The Awakened Man which aims to help men to improve their mental health. We're Sharon, Freddie and Ben, three normal people who decided to give up alcohol to see how our l…
 
The Beatles recorded this blues jam on the last day of the Get Back sessions, 31st of January 1969. In 1964 John Lennon had told an English music paper that his favourite album of the year was the great folk album, Lots More Blues, Rags and Hollers by Koerner, Ray & Glover (1963). This album contains the Black Dog Blues. Obviously, the backing trac…
 
The Beatles are not known as great Blues musicians. Otherwise, they are fine but the blues seems to elude them. Still, they produced a few attempts at playing an instrumental blues, including ’12 Bar Original’ (Anthology), "Flying" (Magical Mystery Tour), "Cayenne" and "Cry for a Shadow" (Anthology). These are all interesting tracks, and they demon…
 
In this episode we chat with the fabulous Chloe Frearson. We're Sharon, Freddie and Ben, three normal people who decided to give up alcohol to see how our lives would change. We're not medical experts but we are expert ex-drinkers, and our podcast brings people together who are on their own alcohol-free journeys by celebrating just how wonderful li…
 
In this episode we chat with the lovely Suzanne Shaw! We're Sharon, Freddie and Ben, three normal people who decided to give up alcohol to see how our lives would change. We're not medical experts but we are expert ex-drinkers, and our podcast brings people together who are on their own alcohol-free journeys by celebrating just how wonderful life w…
 
In this episode we chat with Pete Mears, who is now both happily drug and alcohol free and who credits his success to his discovery of the 3 Principles. We're Sharon, Freddie and Ben, three normal people who decided to give up alcohol to see how our lives would change. We're not medical experts but we are expert ex-drinkers, and our podcast brings …
 
In this episode we chat with the incredible Sarah Drage, who gave us her deeply personal and heartbreaking insight into losing her father to alcohol use disorder. We're Sharon, Freddie and Ben, three normal people who decided to give up alcohol to see how our lives would change. We're not medical experts but we are expert ex-drinkers, and our podca…
 
In this episode we chat to the wonderful Sarah Connelly from Tapped In Australia! We're Sharon, Freddie and Ben, three normal people who decided to give up alcohol to see how our lives would change. We're not medical experts but we are expert ex-drinkers, and our podcast brings people together who are on their own alcohol-free journeys by celebrati…
 
In this episode we chat to George Anderson, an expert who has over two decades of experience in the health and wellness industry. We're Sharon, Freddie and Ben, three normal people who decided to give up alcohol to see how our lives would change. We're not medical experts but we are expert ex-drinkers, and our podcast brings people together who are…
 
In this episode we chat to Paul Lock, a fabulous artist who didn't even know he could paint until he stopped drinking! We're Sharon, Freddie and Ben, three normal people who decided to give up alcohol to see how our lives would change. We're not medical experts but we are expert ex-drinkers, and our podcast brings people together who are on their o…
 
In this episode we chat to a woman who's sober voice is growing louder on social media every single day... The fabulous Abi Feltham! We're Sharon, Freddie and Ben, three normal people who decided to give up alcohol to see how our lives would change. We're not medical experts but we are expert ex-drinkers, and our podcast brings people together who …
 
In this episode we chat to a man with over 4 million followers on Instagram and TikTok... The absolutely bloody wonderful Nick Kosir! We're Sharon, Freddie and Ben, three normal people who decided to give up alcohol to see how our lives would change. We're not medical experts but we are expert ex-drinkers, and our podcast brings people together who…
 
This is a very special episode of Over The Influence... Because today, our brand new community has launched at overtheinfluence.co.uk! We're Sharon, Freddie and Ben, three normal people who decided to give up alcohol to see how our lives would change. We're not medical experts but we are expert ex-drinkers, and our podcast brings people together wh…
 
In this episode we chat to the incredibly inspiring Dominic McGregor, a 28 year old businessman who's approaching 5 years sober. We're Sharon, Freddie and Ben, three normal people who decided to give up alcohol to see how our lives would change. We're not medical experts but we are expert ex-drinkers, and our podcast brings people together who are …
 
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