20 January 2020 / blog

The 'magic' 21 days

Recently I read somewhere that it would take 21 days for something constant to become a habit. When you drink six mugs of coffee every day or, for example, a glass of wine during…
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April 26, 2019 / blog

Beer is cool?

Dear IkPassers, our 40 days have been over for a while. I'll be honest: at the start of this second campaign I was full of confidence and not drinking went…
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23 April 2019 / blog


When I participated in IkPas for the very first time two years ago, I counted down the days until it was over. Literally and figuratively. I couldn't wait for the…
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April 16, 2019 / blog

Taboo or not taboo

This week I am writing my sixth blog for Ik Pas. Next week the last one, 'le grand finale'. I signed up with the organization to write the blogs. On…
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April 10, 2019 / blog


Two years ago, my cardiologist once suggested not drinking for 6-8 weeks in order to measure the effect of alcohol on my arrhythmias. I looked at him with concern, apparently, because he…
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April 6, 2019 / blog


I'm sure when you read the title you thought for a moment: "Huh, what is this about again?". Don't worry, I'm certainly not going to preach the gospel.…
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April 4, 2019 / blog

Five stars

A few years ago my friend Beatrijs* really had to take a break. Alone, without her children, she went to a Five Star Resort (her own words) for 6 weeks…
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April 2, 2019 / blog

If I can do it, so can you

It's just getting to be. Not drinking, I'm used to it by now. Of course: on the weekend I do feel like a glass of wine every now and then. But…
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29 March 2019 / blog

Monique: The Reptilian Brain

Drinking is the new smoking. More and more we are being rubbed under the nose that alcohol is really very bad for you. First you were 'allowed' 14 units per week…
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27 March 2019 / blog

To elect

Last week's election results had a lot to do with it. Disbelief, confirmation, trembling and euphoria are sweeping the land. Politics is discussed in all sorts of places: work is all about…
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