You’re Not Missing Out: Sober Holiday Myths

At this time of year I often hear from people who’re worried that a sober holiday means missing out. They can’t imagine skipping cocktails by the pool or saying no to wine with their evening meal. Sampling the local booze is all part…

Why Motherhood Is Easier When You’re Alcohol-Free

“The most expensive thing about having children is all the wine you have to drink!” “You’re not really drinking alone if the kids are at home!” Nowadays, this kind of messaging seems to be everywhere, from fridge magnets to cards…

5 Lies We Tell Ourselves When We’re Drinking Too Much

I can’t tell you how many times I swore I was done with drinking. I’d decide I’d had enough – it was time to stop. But then the doubts would creep in. I’d start to wonder if I was overreacting. I’d find ways to justify my drinking and convince…

Is There Such A Thing As ‘Normal’ Drinking?

“Is my drinking normal?” I used to ask myself this question all the time. At the height of my drinking career, my alcohol intake certainly didn’t feel ‘normal’. I tried all kinds of things to cut back, but nothing ever worked for…

Celebrating 6 Years Sober With 6 Key Stats

Today I’m celebrating 6 years of alcohol-free living. Six YEARS! I’m so pleased that back in April 2013 – for some unknown reason – I finally decided to pay attention to the voice in my head that had been wondering whether I’d be…

31 Clues Your Drinking Is Becoming A Problem

“You’re hardly an alcoholic!” That’s the kind of reaction I used to get whenever I spoke to my friends about my drinking.And to be honest, it’s the kind of thing I said to myself too. When I thought about problem drinking, I used to…

The Problem With ‘Being Good’ Monday To Thursday

Back when I was drinking too much, but I didn’t know what to do about it, I tried hard to ‘be good’ from Monday to Thursday. I could get my head around staying alcohol-free during the working week. But a sober Friday, Saturday and…

3 ‘Rules’ Keeping You Stuck In The Drinking Cycle

“I’m not stupid. I’m not helpless. So why can’t I figure out how to stop drinking?” This is something I used to ask myself a lot. In other areas of my life I was proactive and determined; I was great at problem solving and finding solutions…

5 Inspiring Women Who Don’t Drink Alcohol

International Women’s Day is just around the corner, so what better reason to celebrate the achievements of inspiring women who don’t drink alcohol? I’ve written before about sober celebrities, because it’s amazing just how…

8 Reasons Not To Drink Next Weekend

When I was trying to quit drinking, I kept coming up against the same problem. Stopping from Monday to Thursday was ok. It was more or less achievable (unless I had a super stressful week.) But the weekends? They were totally…

When You’re A Health Nut By Day And A Boozer By Night

When people find out that I no longer drink, they’re often expecting some crazy tale of drama and debauchery. But if you’ve followed my blog for a while, you’ll know I was never a rock bottom boozer. Even at the height of my drinking…

What’s Your Relationship With Alcohol Really Like?

If your relationship with alcohol was a real-life relationship with a romantic partner, what kind of relationship would it be? It might seem like a weird question to pose, but when you really think about this, it brings up all kinds of juicy…