A lot of things change for a woman after she’s given birth.
One thing for sure is that many new parents take a decision to turn their backs on alcohol for a period of time.
But one mum has revealed how she’s come to the conclusion of going sober for the rest of her life.
Jacintha Field, 38, was left regretting booze when her first night out after giving birth took an unexpected turn.
The mum’s turning point came when too many espresso martinis led to a horrific five-day hangover.
Now speaking candidly about her decision, Jacintha revealed why she’s gone sober.
She told news.com.au : “I haven’t always been sober. Many years ago, I worked behind a bar and I remember going from sober to drunk in five minutes.
“Towards the end of my shift, I free poured myself the biggest, strongest, and quite honestly the most disgusting glass filled with vodka and sugar.
“Not surprisingly, this behaviour eventually landed me in hospital. I woke up one morning, peering through half-closed eyes to see a doctor standing over me.
“Looking back, I’m quite mortified. This is not a funny story and was not at all a funny situation – in fact it was a cry for help from someone who didn’t know her place in the world.”
But things changed when the Melbourne mum enjoyed her first night out after her little boy Axel was just 18 months old.
She detailed: “That night I went straight back to my old ways of downing espresso martinis and having a good time.
“The next day I felt so dreadful, I had two greasy breakfasts and my hangover lasted five days. Since that night I’ve been sober for 1,628 days.
“In that time I’ve learned to live without alcohol and I feel so much better for it. But there are ups and downs to being alcohol-free.”