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…

15 Things You Only Know If You Don’t Drink

Alcohol-free living is amazing. But being a sober girl doesn’t come without its own, unique set of challenges – as well as some pretty cool, unexpected benefits. Here are 15 things you only know if you quit drinking…

5 Tips For Sticking With Your Dry January Goals

We’re two weeks into 2017 and you know what that means: it’s make or break time for your New Year’s resolutions. Statistically, this is the week when many of us will decide to give up on our goals. We all know what it’s like…

5 Mindset Shifts For A Happy, Alcohol-Free Christmas

When I was struggling with my drinking, I couldn’t get my head around the idea of a sober Christmas and New Year. Booze is such a big part of the festive season, and I was totally convinced that alcohol-free meant fun-free. There was…

10 Tips For Surviving Your First Sober Christmas

If you’re newly sober – or trying to be – then the chances are, you find this time of year a bit stressful. There are parties to navigate, family pressures to deal with and lots of boozy marketing messages all over the place. When you’re one of…

Fact vs Fiction: Is Alcohol Helping Me Cope With Stress?

“It’s been a stressful day. I want a drink!” We’ve all heard other people say they need a few drinks to unwind, and the chances are we’ve also said it ourselves. The idea of drinking away our stress is very well established in…

Cravings: How To Stop Them In Their Tracks

Cravings are something you’re bound to experience in early sobriety. All of a sudden, drinking is all you can think about. That little voice in your head whispers, “Just one won’t hurt.” The thing to remember about cravings is…

How To Deal With People Who Want You To Keep Drinking

It can be really tough if your friends and family don’t understand why you want to quit, or worse still, they try and convince you not to bother. In early sobriety, mastering alcohol-free living is challenging enough without the added…

Why November Is A Great Time To Quit Drinking

“I want to quit drinking but I’m not sure this is the right time…” I’ve lost track of the number of people I’ve heard say that. I know I said it countless times. Once I’d decided I needed to stop drinking, the next big decision was when. And the more…

Is There Such A Thing As ‘Normal’ Drinking?

Why can’t I drink normally? I suspect most of us have asked ourselves that question at some point or another.
I spent a lot of time trying to moderate my drinking and keep my intake to within ‘normal’ levels. I was…

What Kids Can Teach Us About Alcohol-Free Living

Here’s a quick question for you to ponder: would you ever give alcohol to a child? No? What if they were upset? Or needed cheering up? Or they were anxious about something? Or just a bit lonely? Still no? Phew. I thought that’s what…

Fact vs Fiction: Does Booze-Free Mean Boring?

Before I stopped drinking, I thought I knew what alcohol-free living would be like. I was convinced that sobriety was going to be as boring as hell. Alcohol seemed to be the thing that made everything sparkle. It turned bad nights into…

8 Things Normal Drinkers Don’t Do

How often have you asked yourself, ‘Do I really need to stop drinking?’ Answering that question truthfully can be hard, especially when you desperately want the answer to be ‘no’. When it comes to defining problem drinking…

3 Things To Try When You’ve Lost Your Motivation

If you’ve ever gone through a phase where you feel like you’ve lost your motivation to do anything about your drinking then you’re not alone. Nearly all of us go through this at some point. One minute you’re full of enthusiasm…

3 Fears Keeping You Stuck (And How To Beat Them)

Fear is a bitch sometimes. It’s a natural instinct, something designed to keep us safe and help us survive. It can be a brilliant internal warning system. But when it comes to sobriety – a major lifestyle change, whichever way you look at it…