1 in 3 UK adults quit drinking alcohol after finding themselves in potentially dangerous situations

  • Three fifths of UK adults who have made the decision to quit drinking alcohol admit they did so after a bad experience (for 70% of those, it was many bad experiences)
  • 19 months was found to be the average time someone spends considering whether to give up drinking or not
  • The final straw for many included black spots throughout the night, saying things to loved ones that aren’t true and putting themselves in potentially dangerous scenarios
  • 73% hoped to improve their own mental health in the first instance, but many recognised that relationships needed repairing

The team at www.totiuss.com, a unique 360 wellness coaching programme and alcohol-free community designed specifically for women, conducted a study of almost 1,500 UK-based adults who have made the choice to move away from alcohol.

It was initially found that more than three fifths of those who have made the decision to cut alcohol out of their life (61%) did so after a bad experience while under the influence. Of those, 70% had considered cutting out alcohol many times before after similar experiences. The average time it takes between considering this course of action to following through was found to be 19 months.

The top scenarios that were found to be the final straw for many included:


  • Struggling with too many black spots throughout the night – 49%
  • Suffering regularly with ‘hang-xiety’ (hangover anxiety) – 45%
  • Saying things to loved ones that weren’t true – 40%
  • Finding themselves in potentially dangerous situations – 33%
  • Waking up somewhere and not recalling how they got there – 11%


Almost three quarters of respondents (73%) admitted that they hoped leaving alcohol behind would improve their mental health; while a further 65% hoped it would help to improve relationships with loved ones and 59% hoped to improve their health & wellbeing.

The relationships that needed the most work, care and attention were found to be with spouses (65%), children (51%) and parents (36%), with colleagues following closely behind (32%).

What’s more, more than half of those who found themselves in potentially dangerous situations stated that they had wandered off alone when they were incapable of properly looking after themselves (54%).

Carmela Coop-Rodia, Co-Founder of www.totiuss.com, commented:

“Making the decision to move away from alcohol is a big step in someone’s life, whether temporary or permanent. Alcohol can be an incredibly toxic substance to all aspects of someone’s life and it takes a lot of strength to take a step back and really see the damage it has caused. Our society has normalised drinking to the point where it’s now ‘strange’ when we go out with friends and someone orders a non-alcohol drink, unless they’re the designated driver for the night. At Totiuss, we want to ensure that all women have the right support and resources to be able to make the decision to live a healthier, alcohol-free lifestyle and not feel as though they need to drink to fit in.”