“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…

The Alcohol Trap: Breaking Out Of The Wine Prison

When I’m helping women to escape the alcohol trap, I often use strange analogies. I do this to get people thinking about booze in a different way. A big part of successful sobriety is unlearning old thought habits and being open to the…

When Is The Right Time To Quit Drinking?

How do you find the right time to quit drinking? Perhaps you’ve dabbled with alcohol-free living, on and off. Maybe you spend a lot of time thinking about stopping. You love the idea of waking up hangover free… and you know you’ll sleep…

You Aren’t Weak, Broken Or Lacking Willpower

Many people mistakenly believe that sobriety is just about having tons of willpower. Maybe you’re convinced that if only you were stronger, you’d be able to ‘control’ alcohol a bit better. Perhaps you’ve confided in someone about your…

But I Just Really Love Drinking Wine

“How can I get sober when I love drinking wine? And cocktails? And beer?” At the height of my drinking career, I asked myself this question a lot. I knew I needed to stop and I knew cutting down didn’t really work for me. I hated the…

Why Alcohol-Free Living Creates Choice And Freedom

When I first quit drinking, I kept thinking about everything I’d lost. I used to wonder – will I ever get used to this? Will it always feel like something is missing? I was so lost in these thoughts I nearly missed what was happening right in…

Lovely Little Things About Alcohol-Free Living

There are many things to love about being alcohol-free. Waking up without a hangover. Having more energy. Less anxiety. Looking better. Feeling proud of yourself. Those are some of the big benefits. But sometimes, the little things…

3 Tips For Navigating Wine O’Clock In Lockdown

“I am not going to drink anything tonight!” Before I got sober, I used to say that most mornings. I’d promise myself I was going to ‘be good’ and have the night off. Yet when the clock hit 5pm, my motivation always faded. I’d tell myself…

What Our ‘New Normal’ Can Teach Us About Sobriety

Right now, we’re all getting used to a ‘new normal’. Can you imagine going back in time, and trying to explain to the January 2020 version of you what life is like today? I would never have believed so much could change within a few…

Drinking Through A Crisis: Does It Really Help?

“It may take a village to raise a child but it’s going to take a vineyard to homeschool this kid!” I’ve seen so many posts like this on social media recently (and I bet you have too!) We’re all looking for ways to cope right now, so it’s not…

How I Knew It Was Time To Quit Drinking

How do you know when it’s time to quit drinking or take a break from booze? It can be tough to tell. We tend to view drinking as a black and white issue; you’re either a ‘normal drinker’ or an alcoholic. In fact, many people are somewhere…