How To Survive Summer Parties And Boozy BBQs

I used to love barbecues when I was drinking; they were the perfect excuse to day drink without feeling like an alcoholic. The warm weather made me crave beer and the idea of watching the sun go down stone cold sober seemed…

Why You Need An Alcohol-Free Holiday This Year

This week I’m on holiday enjoying some sun and a chance to relax. It’s at times like this that I feel particularly grateful not to be battling a hangover, or letting alcohol dull any memories. I know that if you’re newly sober or…

The Vanity Argument For Quitting Drinking

I was flicking through some magazines earlier and couldn’t help but notice all the diet tips and fitness plans. At this time of year there always seems to be a big demand for advice on how to slim down and tone up. As I was…

5 Reasons To Give Up On Your Alcohol-Free Goals

Do any of these sound familiar? “I just can’t be bothered to carry on with sobriety, it’s too much effort.” “One drink isn’t going to hurt.” “I was probably overreacting, I don’t really need to quit.” “People like me don’t change, so I may as well…

Sober Courage: Be A Rebel, Not A Sheep

For many of us, one of the toughest things about quitting drinking is the idea of being different to everyone else. Let’s face it: most people do drink – and most of us like to fit in! Choosing an alcohol-free lifestyle means going against…

How To Overcome Social Anxiety Without Alcohol

We’re often encouraged to have a few drinks to loosen up and overcome anxiety. Whether it’s to help us get in the mood at a party, or pluck up the courage to talk to that guy or girl, the message we often hear is: alcohol will help…

Why Can’t I Cut Down Or Control My Drinking?

At the height of my drinking career, I’d often wonder: why don’t I have an off switch? Why can’t I control my drinking? Why can other people have 1 or 2 drinks and then stop? Back then, my inability to control my drinking felt like…

My Biggest Takeaway From 5 Years Of Sobriety

I normally blog on a Monday, but today is an extra special day – I am celebrating 5 years of alcohol-free living! It has gone sooooo fast. I’ll always be grateful to that curious, little part of me that wondered if taking a break from…

The Call To Be Sober: How I Knew It Was Time To Quit

How many times have you asked yourself, “Do I really need to stop drinking?” Answering that question can be tough. Towards the end of my drinking career, I found it helpful to hear about other people’s experiences and the…

How To Be Happy And Alcohol-Free

Before I quit drinking, I was sure that life without wine would be boring, flat and a bit too much like hard work. Having grown up on a diet of Bridget Jones and Sex And The City, I was convinced that cocktails and chardonnay were…

5 Mindset Tips For An Alcohol-Free March

I want to help you get March off to an incredible start. If you’ve vowed to turn over a new leaf this month, something you’re definitely going to need is the right mindset. Sure, strategies for stopping drinking are great…

7 Things You’ll Love About Sober Dating

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and it got me thinking about sobriety and relationships. Whether it’s date night with your partner or a first date with someone new, the idea of doing that stuff sober can feel a bit intimidating to…

How To Relax And Manage Stress Without Alcohol

I used to have a fridge magnet that said: “Keep Calm And Drink Wine!” The message was spelt out in large capital letters and for a long time, it seemed to be my mantra. If I wanted to relax, I drank wine. If I wanted to switch off…

Dry January Is Nearly Over – What Should You Do Next?

How has your Dry January gone? Maybe you’re patting yourself on the back for an angelic, alcohol-free month… but you’re not sure what your next steps should be. Or maybe you’re frustrated because you didn’t quite make it…

Boozy Christmas Cards: What They Should Really Say

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! I absolutely love this time of year. However, there is one thing about the festive season that I don’t like. I can’t stand the endless, pro-booze marketing messages that seem to be…