Boozy Christmas Cards: What They Should Really Say

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! I absolutely love this time of year. However, there is one thing about the festive season that I don’t like. I can’t stand the endless, pro-booze marketing messages that seem to be…

12 Reasons To Stay Sober This December

This year will be my 5th booze-free Christmas and I’m really looking forward to it. It’s a total myth that you need alcohol in your life in order to have fun, be social or enjoy Christmas. That’s just marketing hype. Alcohol-free living…

5 Tips For Enjoying An Alcohol-Free Party Season

The festive party season is an incredibly boozy time of year. If you’re newly sober – or trying to be – I suspect you might be feeling a bit anxious about it. So, I wanted to jump in and encourage you to keep going, because…

How To Stop Being Too Busy To Quit Drinking

“I am going to do something about my drinking — just as soon as this is out the way.” I must have said that at least a hundred times. You know what it’s like – you have a lot on at work. There are bills to pay. Your partner is…

5 Signs It’s Time To Take A Break From Booze

How do you know it’s time to quit drinking? Even at the height of my drinking career, I found this a hard question to answer. I’d google “Am I an alcoholic?” and I’d fill out endless online questionnaires. The problem was…

Trick Or Treat? The Stories We Tell Ourselves About Booze

As it’s Halloween tomorrow, now seems like a good time to talk about ‘treats’. So often we say things like: “I’m going to have a glass of wine tonight because it’s a treat.” Or “let’s get a bottle… I know it’s unhealthy, but it’s a special…

6 Common Beliefs About Booze That Just Aren’t True

I hope you’re having a good sober October! I’m thrilled to be back after taking a few weeks off to launch another live session of my Getting Unstuck course. The Sober School has grown a lot over the past year, as has the entire …

3 Tips To Help You Stop Drinking This Autumn

This is a great time of year to stop drinking or experiment with an alcohol-free lifestyle. The busy summer months are over, the kids have returned to school, we’re back into a regular routine and Christmas is still ages away (phew)…

15 Reasons Why You’ll Love Life Alcohol-Free

Have you been thinking about taking a break from booze? Perhaps you planned on quitting this month – yet you can’t seem to get motivated enough to actually do it? I know what that feels like. One of the things that helped me…

Sober curious? 5 Common Questions, Answered

If you’re thinking about quitting drinking – or taking some time off from booze – the chances are you’ve been mulling over a few important questions. Things like: do I actually need to quit? Should I just cut down? Is my drinking…

Alcohol-Free Living Isn’t Boring – It’s Brilliant

I’m writing this from a little French café on the banks of the River Aisne. I’m on holiday, the sun is shining… and I’m drinking my second café au lait. Life feels GOOD. It’s at times like this that I think wow – alcohol free living…

5 Self-Care Mistakes That Make Sobriety Harder

Not long after I’d stopped drinking, a sober friend of mine suggested that I start taking self-care ‘a bit more seriously’. I winced. The idea of ‘practicing self-care’ seemed pretty self-indulgent and cringey. (Back then, I thought…

Is This Good Enough For Me To Stay As I Am?

“I’m not sure if my drinking is bad enough for me to have to quit.’’ This is something I hear a lot, and it’s a debate I had with myself for a long time. Did I really need to stop, or was I overreacting? It didn’t help that I grew up…

Is Alcohol-Free Living Finally Becoming Cool?

At the height of my drinking career, I couldn’t think of anything less cool than being sober. You can hardly blame me – back then, sobriety had a serious image problem. It was stereotyped as dull and boring. It sounded like…

10 Reasons To Take A Break From Booze This Summer

It’s been hot, hot, hot in my part of the world and it got me thinking what a brilliant time of year it is to take a break from booze. Obviously alcohol-free living is amazing all year round, but there’s something about the…

Cutting Down Vs Quitting: What Should I Do?

This week I’m answering a reader question from Jenny, who writes: “I’ve been trying and failing to cut down my drinking for a while now. Unfortunately, it doesn’t really matter what I do, once I start I can rarely stop. I hate…

9 Things To Pack On Your First Alcohol-Free Holiday

Your Out of Office is on, your passport is packed and you’ve found your bikini. Now there’s just one thing left to decide: are you going to drink on holiday or not? If you’re newly sober, or trying to be, then your first alcohol-free…