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…

Why You Should Quit Before You Feel Ready

You’ve dabbled with alcohol-free living, on and off. You’ve read countless sober memoirs. You lurk on sober blogs. You are officially sober curious. You spend a lot of time THINKING about quitting. You know you need to…

How To Stay Motivated When You Really Want To Drink

When it comes to stopping drinking and staying motivated, one of the best action steps you can take is to figure out your WHY. Because let’s be real here – sobriety ain’t no walk in the park. There will always be ups and downs…

How To Stay Alcohol-Free Next Weekend

These days, my Monday mornings feel pretty good. But not so long ago, they used to be about coping. Coping with a hangover. Coping with the guilt of another wasted weekend. Coping with work, when I didn’t feel at all rested or ok…

What do you mean, you’re NOT drinking?!

Picture the scene: it’s your best friend’s birthday and you’ve been dragged out for drinks. You’re hovering near the bar, trying to discreetly order something alcohol-free without anyone noticing. Just as you start to think that you’ve got…

What To Do When You Feel Scared And Stuck

What do you do when the idea of stopping drinking fills you with fear – but the thought of staying as you are feels just as scary? I know what it’s like to be in that frustrating, limbo state, wondering how to move forwards…

8 Myths About Non-Drinkers (And Why They’re Wrong)

“So … how do you have fun then?” “You must get really bored.” “Is it because you’re religious?” “I bet you miss drinking loads and loads.” “Are you actually allowed to go to bars?!” Since I quit drinking, I’ve been asked all the…

Why You Should Forget About Rock Bottom

If you’ve been thinking about stopping drinking, then the chances are you’ve heard about ‘hitting rock bottom’. Perhaps you’ve read about other people’s experiences; that time they woke up in hospital, with no memory…

9 Ways We Treat Alcohol Differently From Other Drugs

If you struggle to say no to a glass of wine – but you’d never dream of touching ‘proper’ drugs – make sure you read this post. I’m always struck by the clarity we have about ‘dangerous drugs’ i.e. substances that we’ve been…

Alcohol-free? You’re In Very Good Company

Ever since I stopped drinking, I’ve been fascinated by the number of celebrities who are quietly sober. I’m not talking about people who are famous for stints in and out of rehab, or stars who’ve fought well-publicised battles with booze…

Stop Romanticising Alcohol: 5 Valentine’s Day Tips

My local supermarket has stacked bottles of pink fizz near the entrance. The restaurant next door is offering a special, boozy dinner deal. And across the road, the florist is getting ready to deliver eye-wateringly expensive champagne…

A Booze-Free Buzz: 4 Of The Best Natural Highs

I used to love the buzz I got from alcohol. I was hooked on the sugary rush those first few drinks delivered; they seemed to give me a boost. They made me feel good… for a while. When I was drinking, it was hard to imagine that anything else…

I quit for a month. That proves I’m in control, right?

Laura writes: “I struggled with my drinking last year and rarely went more than a few days without caving in. But after Christmas my husband and I decided we’d have a dry January – and to my surprise, I’ve stuck at it. I’m really proud…