Media Appearances
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The Sober Advantage is at the forefront of the addiction recovery conversation in the UK

Dr. Bunmi Aboaba

Our CEO, Dr. Aboaba is leading the conversation on addiction recovery on behalf of our organisation passionately focussed on Sport and the Music Industry.

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Below you can find our latest blog, interviews, article contributions and thought contributions to journalistic pieces around the subject of addiction and recovery.

Ahead of Mental Health Awareness week, our CEO, Dr. Aboaba was invited to join the panel of Sky Sports discussion show “The Debate”. Along with an incredibly brave ex-pro, Lee Hendrie and an extremely insightful current player, Liam Rosenoir, they discussed the pressures of celebrity status on players, the impact of retirement and the importance of clubs developing support systems and services to protect the mental health of their players as people.
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  • Interviews

    Mike’s Open Journal Episode 99: Elite Sport & The FIFA World Cup

    With the World Cup in full swing, Dr Aboaba sits down with mental health blogger and podcaster, Mike Douglas, to discuss the issues of mental health and addiction within elite level sport, her work with professional sports people and what the future looks like for mental health in sport...

    Mike’s Open Journal Episode 99: Elite Sport & The FIFA World Cup

    Good Mental Health & Wellbeing Football Coaching Programme

    As part of Mental Health Awareness week, Sky Sports News speak to ex-Premier League footballer, Lee Hendrie about the off-the-field pressures that led to his suicide attempt and his partnership with The Sober Advantage to establish the Good Mental Health & Well-being Football Coaching Programme that aims to destigmatise mental health in football and provide players with access to regular support and post-career planning.

    Good Mental Health & Wellbeing Football Coaching Programme

    Sky Sports News: Mental Health Awareness Week

    Professional footballer Adebayo Akinfenwa and Dr. Aboaba talk to Sky Sport News about the dangers of a career as a professional footballer can have on the mental health of players. They discuss the stigma of being professional athletes who 'can't show weakness', the stress of playing in high-pressure, high-stakes matches and in the most competitive of environments, the impact that contract issues and injuries can have on players as people.

    Sky Sports News: Mental Health Awareness Week

    Panel Discussion on Sky Sports: The Debate

    Ahead of Mental Health Awareness week, our CEO, Dr. Aboaba was invited to join the panel of Sky Sports discussion show “The Debate”. Along with an incredibly brave ex-pro, Lee Hendrie and an extremely insightful current player, Liam Rosenoir, they discussed the pressures of celebrity status on players, the impact of retirement and the importance of clubs developing support systems and services to protect the mental health of their players as people.

    Panel Discussion on Sky Sports: The Debate

    Interview on Recovery Innovators Radio with James Healy

    A couple of weeks ago I was invited to interview on the fantastic Recovery Innovators Radio podcast with the wonderful James Healy. We took a look back through my own personal story of addiction and recovery. The issues of addiction in highly-qualified professional communities, and the part that energy healing and spirituality played in both my recovery and the shaping of my life after addiction.

    Interview on Recovery Innovators Radio with James Healy

  • Media Coverage

    The Sober Advantage Offers ‘A Route Back From The Edge’

    Premier Sports Network's monthly magazine 'On The Front Foot' speak to The Sober Advantage Managing Director, David Steward, about how football players' 'fear of reprisal' leads to their suffering with addiction in silence and how our new programme aims to change this...

    The Sober Advantage Offers ‘A Route Back From The Edge’

    Dental Review Looks Over Our Kick Start Sobriety Programme

    This editorial from the Dental Review introduces its readers to our Kick Start Sobriety programme; providing a detailed look at the topics tackled in the course and talking to Dr Paula Wells, who suggests that for those who wish to overcome their alcoholism privately, this course could transform the experience of battling with addiction...

    Dental Review Looks Over Our Kick Start Sobriety Programme

    Rigzone Covers Our Kick Start Sobriety Course

    Leading oil and gas industry news outlet, Rigzone speaks to our Managing Director, David Steward about our online Kick Start Sobriety programme, its origins and how the oil and gas industries are 'crying out' for a discreet, mental health and addiction support solution...

    Rigzone Covers Our Kick Start Sobriety Course

  • Article Contributions

    Do you drink because you’re lonely or are you lonely because you drink?

    In this article for FAB UK Magazine, I explore the link between alcohol and loneliness. I look at what constitutes and contributes to loneliness, talk through both the positive and negative impacts social media can have on our lives and identify some key steps to tackling loneliness and subsequently its contribution to alcoholism...

    Do you drink because you’re lonely or are you lonely because you drink?

    How to be kind to yourself when you’re giving up alcohol

    In this article for mindfulness and wellness magazine, Calm Moment. Bunmi talks about the role that unrecognised stress plays in developing an addiction, the risks of self-criticism during sobriety and gives you fourteen ways to be kind to yourself while going through the process of giving up alcohol.

    How to be kind to yourself when you’re giving up alcohol

    Hands on for mental health in the music industry

    As Mental Health Awareness Week begins, Dr Aboaba, writing for IQ magazine, takes a look at the issues around the safeguarding of mental health within the music industry. From the inherent risks to mental health for creatives; to the impact of marrying their corporate responsibilities to labels with their creative drive and what labels can do to help protect their artists...

    Hands on for mental health in the music industry

    3 Reasons Stress and Drinking is the Most Toxic Relationship

    In this article for Lumity, Bunmi discusses the relationship between stress and drinking and why she feels it is the most toxic relationship we can have. She outlines her top three reasons and provides alternative activities for managing stress levels...

    3 Reasons Stress and Drinking is the Most Toxic Relationship

    How to Spot a High-Functioning Alcoholic and Help Them

    Is a member of your team a high-functioning alcoholic? How would you tell? And once identified, what can you do to help them? In an article for New Business, Dr. Aboaba identifies some key indicators that your colleague or employee may be a high-functioning alcohol and outlines strategies for approaching and helping them...

    How to Spot a High-Functioning Alcoholic and Help Them

    Dry January: Why You Should

    If you have been on the fence about signing up to take part in 'Dry January', writing for digital lifestyle magazine 'Balance', Bunmi has put together a convincing list of reasons why you SHOULD...

    Dry January: Why You Should

    6 Expert Tips to Banish Booze

    If you are one of the 3.1 million Britains putting down your drink to take part in 2018's Dry January, On behalf of Lumity, Bunmi has put together a few tips to keep you motivated and to get the most out of your 31 days of sobriety and beyond...

    6 Expert Tips to Banish Booze

    Is Wine O’Clock Posing a Major Threat to Your Health?

    Dr. Aboaba explores the possible underlying causes for recent UK Alcohol Health Alliance findings that women over 40 have experienced the biggest rise in rates of binge drinking. She looks at lifestyle and family changes that commonly occur around this period of life, social dynamics and the 'what if' scenarios we ask when reflecting on our lives at the mid-way point and how these can all feed into a dangerous rise in habitual drinking...

    Is Wine O’Clock Posing a Major Threat to Your Health?

    10 Reasons Why Living Sober Is Far From Boring

    When the general public think of sober people, they would probably imagine a group of boring, stiff-upper-lipped killjoys. This couldn’t be further from the truth! I wish I had time to write 100 reasons, but here's 10 to start you off...

    10 Reasons Why Living Sober Is Far From Boring

    It’s Never Ever Too Late to Ask For Help

    It's never too late to ask for help. But what kind of help do you need? In this article, I speak with Lucy Rocca, founder of online support and resource network Soberistas. We look at the support available for those who aren't yet 100% alcohol dependent or  for whom the traditional support such as simply AA doesn't relate.

    It’s Never Ever Too Late to Ask For Help

    Completely Unexpected Benefits of Being Sober

    Back with the amazing Lucy Rocca, of Soberistas again. Today, we think about our experiences of personal sobriety and the stories of those we have worked with and discuss the benefits of sobriety that aren’t always obvious.

    Completely Unexpected Benefits of Being Sober

    How You Might Be Drinking Too Much & Not Even Know It

    Apart from government guidelines, it can be difficult to know if we are drinking too much. High-functioning alcoholics who can hold down a job, keep an active social life and have a few hobbies. So how do we know if we are drinking too much? In this article for The Huffington Post, I discuss a few signs that suggest perhaps alcohol is getting the best of us.

    How You Might Be Drinking Too Much & Not Even Know It

    7 Strategies to Help You Stay Sober

    Living an active social life, particularly in the UK, without drinking can be a difficult affair. However, at last official count, 21% of UK adults are teetotal. So there can be life without alcohol. In this article I explore 7 super strategies to help you stay off the booze; whether for a detox or quitting all together.

    7 Strategies to Help You Stay Sober

    Ethnic Pride And Alcoholism

    Being from a Nigerian background, my interest was peaked by a paper published in the Psychological Bulletin, which found that, although people from black African, ethnic minorities typically "report later initiation of drinking, lower rates of use and lower levels of use across almost all age groups" compared to those in the study who identify as "white" - there is a higher rate of social disapproval when someone does have an alcohol problem and the effects appear to have more devastating consequences.

    Ethnic Pride And Alcoholism

    A Sober Look at LGBT & Drinking

    In this article, I take a look at the findings from studies across the UK and US that indicate that members of the LGBT+ community are at higher risk of mental health issues, alcohol abuse and addiction. I discuss a few of the societal factors that feed into this picture and how sober coaches are approaching the problem.

    A Sober Look at LGBT & Drinking

    Do High-Earning Men Really Drink More?

    In my most recent contribution to The Huffington Post I explore some Drinkaware data that found alarmingly high drinking rates amongst high-earning males, look at the personal and professional pressures that contribute to drinking becoming alcoholism, and assess the connection between the two.

    Do High-Earning Men Really Drink More?

    Why Are We, As Professional Women, Drinking More?

    In an article for The Huffington Post I discuss recent Health and Safety Executive findings that women are more stressed at work. I look at the causes of this stress, and compare with findings from other recent studies that indicate an increasing trend in alcohol consumption amongst women across the world in an attempt to answer the question - why are we, as professional career women, drinking more?

    Why Are We, As Professional Women, Drinking More?

    Professional Alcoholics: Minority of the Middle Class

    Taking a look at the often forgotten 'high-functioning' or 'functional' alcoholics hidden through the UK workforce. Recent ELSA findings suggest a surprising demographic who fall into the 'high-risk drinking' category, while those who call in sick due to a hangover may not be who you expect. I also speak to Obi Unaka from the Charter House Clinic, who discusses possible causes for increases in the volume of functioning professionals seeking their support services.

    Professional Alcoholics: Minority of the Middle Class

    Self Love: The Top 10 Ways to Be Kind to Yourself

    In my most recent contribution to The Huffington Post I explore some Drinkaware data that found alarmingly high drinking rates amongst high-earning males, look at the personal and professional pressures that contribute to drinking becoming alcoholism, and assess the connection between the two.

    Self Love: The Top 10 Ways to Be Kind to Yourself

  • Thought Contributions

    Law Care Article Contribution

    I was recently contacted by Law Care, a UK based organisation who do great work in supporting members of the legal community with issue impacting on their mental health and well-being. They asked me for my thoughts, as a former Chair of the British Doctors & Dentists Group, on the contribution of industry specific support groups to the recover of professionals dealing with addiction.

    Law Care Article Contribution

    Are Your Binge-Worthy TV Shows Bad For You?

    The wonderful, Jenny Paul, recently got in touch with me to pick my brain about an article she was writing on the binge-worthy TV. We discussed the effects that seemingly harmless TV boxset binging has on our body, our sleep and our time-management. How this feeds into other addictions and what we can do to keep a harmless love of a good boxset binge, harmless.

    Are Your Binge-Worthy TV Shows Bad For You?

  • Blog

    What Lies Beneath: The Chemical Reasons Behind Food Addiction

    Our brains are made of billions of neurons connected by trillions of synapses. The signals that make up our thoughts, feelings and desires are passed along by neurotransmitters. These fall into two main types – inhibitory and excitatory...

    What Lies Beneath: The Chemical Reasons Behind Food Addiction

    Top 5 Foods for Quitting Alcohol

    When we quit drinking it can be daunting at first. But what if I told you there were certain foods that could help you if you’re newly sober? Not only can foods give newly sober people a much-needed extra boost and a way to fix their daily routine but they can serve as a mental distraction. If you feel like you really want a drink, it really pays to focus your mental and physical energies into whipping up some delicious and nutritious meals.

    Top 5 Foods for Quitting Alcohol

    Why more women are turning to holistic therapy

    Acupuncture, aromatherapy, meditation, yoga, crystal healing, journaling - what do they all have in common? They’re part of a very long list of holistic therapies that are proving a hit with women struggling with addiction. But it isn’t just about using holistic therapies for addiction.

    Why more women are turning to holistic therapy