Do I Need To Quit Drinking? 6 Surprising Signs

Do I need to quit drinking? Years ago, when I was trying to decide what to do about my own drinking, I used to google this topic endlessly. I was never sure if I was overreacting or not – I wasn’t a rock bottom drinker, but I didn’t feel…

How Much You Drink Doesn’t Matter – Here’s Why

I get a lot of emails from people who want to know if I think they’re drinking too much. They’ve added up their drinks, worked out the units… and they’re worried. Or confused. After all, don’t most people drink more than the…

Don’t Let Your Excuses Hold You Back!

Do you keep promising yourself you’ll do something about your drinking – only it never seems like quite the right time? Back when I was thinking about quitting (but not actually doing anything about it) my thoughts went like this…

Why I Love Being Sober In France

I’m on holiday in France, a country often associated with wine. When I first quit drinking, the idea of staying alcohol-free during trips like this seemed crazy. In early sobriety, it was so hard to get my head around the idea of being sober in France! I worried…

How To Have Fun Without Drinking

Have you ever wondered how to have fun without drinking? When I was thinking about quitting alcohol I worried about this a lot. Back then, my entire social life revolved around booze. I couldn’t imagine not drinking – it was what I…

A Lesson In Sobriety From The Movie Groundhog Day

I watched a movie over the weekend that I haven’t seen for ages: Groundhog Day. Do you remember it? The basic premise is, the hero (played by Bill Murray) keeps making mistakes that result in some sort of disaster, and so he…

How To Stay Committed To Your Sober Goals

“I am not going to drink this week.” I used to make promises like this ALL the time. Sometimes I’d stick to my plan for a few days. Sometimes I’d change my mind within a few hours. It was all too easy to give up on my sober goals…

Summer Reading: Brilliant Books About Sobriety

Whether you’re jetting off on holiday or enjoying the heatwave at home, this is a great time of year to get lost in a book. You don’t have to be ready to quit drinking in order to gain a lot from reading books about sobriety. In fact…

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…