The Power Of Gratitude (And How It Affects Your Sobriety)

I don’t often talk about gratitude. If you’ve been following me for a while, you’ll know I prefer sharing tips, tricks and actionable advice to help you move forward with your sober goals. But the truth is, none of that stuff is going to work if…

Doubting Your Decision To Quit? Focus On This Instead

I used to question my decision to quit drinking all the time. When I was hungover, I’d feel so motivated for a few hours, or maybe even a few days. Sometimes I’d stop for several weeks. But then the doubts would creep in. I’d start to wonder…

“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…

Why November Is A Great Time To Quit Drinking

Back in my drinking days, I was great at telling myself it wasn’t the ‘right time’ to stop. I would’ve dismissed the idea of taking a break from booze at this time of year. After all, you don’t turn over a new leaf in November. That’s what…

How To Get An Extra Hour In Your Day, Every Day

Here in the UK, the clocks went back over the weekend, giving us an extra hour in the day on Sunday. It got me thinking about how luxurious it is to have more time… and how often booze steals that from us. Alcohol is such a time thief…

Is This Good Enough For Me To Stay As I Am?

“I’m not sure if my drinking is bad enough for me to have to quit completely.’’ This is something I hear a lot and it’s a debate I had with myself for a long time. I wasn’t a rock bottom drinker, so did I really need to quit – or was I overreacting?

“Why Can’t I Be A Normal Drinker Like Everyone Else?”

Before I quit drinking, I spent a lot of time wishing I was a normal drinker. I was annoyed that I didn’t seem to have more willpower or self discipline. (If beating yourself up was a sport, I’d have been in the Olympics.) If you can relate, this…

Why Wine Doesn’t Really Fix Your Anxiety

It can feel as if wine is the only thing that will fix your anxiety… Especially when you’re overwhelmed, frustrated and stressed out. You know a glass of wine (or three) will take the edge off. You want to drink less… but alcohol helps you…

“It’s Just What I Had To Do” – Hiding Your Drinking

This week’s blog is about a sensitive subject: hiding your drinking. It often starts as something so small you hardly think about it. You pour some extra wine into your glass and gulp it down before anyone sees. Perhaps you have a few…

Are You A Health-Conscious Heavy Drinker?

I’ve always been pretty health conscious. Before I got sober, I’d try my best not to think about the health risks of being a heavy drinker.I ignored reports about the dangers of alcohol. I liked to think my wine was just mashed grapes. By day…

“I’m Bored… And Drinking Gives Me Something To Do.”

Recently I spotted an interesting comment on my blog about feeling bored. It said: “I’m finding it difficult to quit, because I’m so used to having a glass in my hand in the evening. It feels like it gives me something to do. I’m bored in the…

How To Deal With Cravings On Hot Sunny Days

If you associate hot sunny days with beer gardens, boozy BBQs or drinks on the beach, you’re not alone. In the summer, many people find the warm weather triggers some cravings for alcohol. When you see other people drinking…