“I Deserve A Glass Of Wine Tonight…”

As soon as the thought popped into my head, I knew I’d be in trouble. Back in my drinking days, “I deserve a glass of wine” was something I said to myself a lot. Bad day? Busy, bored or tired? I could always find a reason why I deserved a glass. (Only problem was, it […]

I Never Believed I’d Be Able To Do This Sober!

What do airports, planes, holidays, restaurant meals and sunsets have in common? They’re all things I thought sobriety would ruin for me. Seriously. I never believed I’d be able to get through them without drinking. Or if I did somehow manage to resist, I couldn’t imagine actually enjoying any of those things without alcohol. They […]

Stop Talking About Never, Ever Drinking Again!

Imagine meeting someone and instantly deciding that you want to spend the rest of your lives together… It doesn’t really happen, does it? (Apart from in the movies.) But that’s what so many women try to do with sobriety. One day they’re in a long-term relationship with alcohol and the next they’re trying to convince […]

Do You Genuinely Miss The Taste, Or Is It Something Else?

Picture this: You take a break from drinking and it goes OK… but you miss the taste of wine. Eventually you let yourself open one of your favourite bottles… Only to discover that it’s nothing like you remembered and doesn’t taste nice. WHAT?! So do you tip it away? Or do you plough on and […]

Lost Your Motivation To Stay Sober? Try This.

We’re a month into the New Year. If you set a goal to quit drinking or take a break from booze… how’s it going? I know many people began 2024 feeling fired up and motivated, but January is a long old month 🥶 If you’re struggling with your motivation now the “New year, new me!” […]

2023 In Review: Our Alcohol-Free Highlights Of The Year

“What’s been your alcohol-free highlight of the year? And is there a picture that sums up that moment, that you’re happy for me to share?” That’s the question I asked some of my Sober School students earlier this week. The photos they sent in are AMAZING and I’m delighted to share them here with you. […]

Alcohol Doesn’t Really Work – Why You Deserve Better

Imagine buying something that you thought was going to make you feel less stressed, only to discover that it didn’t really work. Perhaps it distracted you for an hour or two, but then it woke you up in the early hours. And the next day you felt even more stressed – life seemed harder, not […]

Don’t Forget, Other People Hide Their Drinking Too

“Why can everyone else drink normally apart from me?” When I was struggling with my drinking, I must have asked myself that question a hundred times.  The shame of not being “normal” like “other people” kept me stuck, trying to cut down over and over.  I wish I’d known back then that I wasn’t alone […]

How To Deal With Drink Pushers This Christmas

If you’re sober (or trying to be), an issue you might have to deal with at this time of year is having drinks pushed on you. Here are a few examples of things you could hear: “What do you mean you’re not drinking? Don’t be boring.” “I’m not taking no for an answer, I’ve got […]

“I Just Want To Numb Out And Escape For A Bit”

Many people want to numb out these days. We’re living in difficult times – and when things are tough it can be tempting to drink more, just to get a break at the end of the day. You crave that numbness. That feeling of turning off the world…

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