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…

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…