Drinking Too Much? 6 Things We All Do But Never Talk About

Drinking too much can be a very isolating experience. This is particularly the case if you’re a grey zone drinker (like I was). I never felt like an alcoholic, but I wasn’t a “normal” drinker either. When you’re in the grey zone, life looks fine…

How To Survive The Boozy Festive Season

The festive season is supposed to be ‘the most wonderful time of the year’… but it’s also the booziest. There are parties to navigate, family gatherings and endless occasions where we’re encouraged to ‘celebrate’ with everyone’s…

Feeling Grateful: Because I Was Sober Today…

My American friends will be celebrating Thanksgiving later this week. It got me thinking about gratitude and the important role it plays in sobriety. Alcohol free living is a mindset game. It makes such a difference when your focus is on…

Why Drinking Costs Much More Than You Think

Something I don’t often write about is how much alcohol costs us. I tend not to focus on the money side of sobriety, because saving cash isn’t the main reason why people quit. For most of us, it’s the opportunity cost that really hurts…

5 Unhelpful Things People Say When You Quit Drinking

When you quit drinking, friends and family can be keen to share unhelpful ‘advice’. Sometimes it’s because they genuinely want to help. Other times it’s because your decision is bringing up stuff for them. No matter what their intention, many…

Why You Don’t Need To Quit Drinking Forever

“I know I need to stop… but I don’t think I can quit drinking forever.” I hear this a lot. And it doesn’t surprise me. I mean, ‘forever’ is a long time, right? It’s pretty hard to get your head around. People often want to know whether it’s ok to…

How To Overcome The “I’m No Fun Without Alcohol” Myth

Can you have fun without alcohol? Before I quit drinking, I thought being sober meant signing up for a lifetime of feeling bored and awkward at parties whilst everyone else enjoyed themselves. Perhaps you’ve been thinking this too…

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

There are so many myths about non-drinkers and what it’s like to be sober. It leads to questions like this: “So… how do you have fun then?” “Don’t you get bored?” “Is it because you’re religious?” “I bet you still miss drinking.” “Do…

10 Unexpected Benefits Of Quitting Drinking

If you’ve been toying with the idea of going alcohol-free for a while, you’ve probably already thought about the benefits of quitting drinking. There are the obvious things, such as waking up hangover free (that never gets old!) saving…

5 Things I Wish I’d Known Before I Quit Drinking

Ah, the beauty of hindsight! It makes everything look so different. I quit drinking in 2013 and back then, I had so many misconceptions about alcohol-free living and what it was going to be like (and what it said about me). There’s so…

6 Tips For A Successful Sober September

Sober September is here already! The seasons are changing and that back-to-school feeling is in the air…If you’ve been drinking more than you planned to over the past few months, now is as good a time as any to turn over a new…

Why You Can Stop Asking, “Am I An Alcoholic?”

If you’re worried about your drinking, the chances are that at some point or another, you’ve wondered: “Am I an alcoholic?” I remember googling this so many times and I never got a very clear or helpful answer. I was pretty…