Fighting Cravings: How To Stop Them In Their Tracks

Cravings are common in early sobriety. Suddenly, drinking is all you can think about and that little voice in your head whispers, “just one won’t hurt.” It’s normal to experience cravings. They’re not a sign that you’re weak, flawed or…

How To Survive The Boozy Festive Season

As the song goes, it’s ‘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 favourite drug…

33 Easy Steps To Stop Drinking Alcohol

When you’re worried about your drinking, it can often feel as if you’re the only person on the planet who struggles with alcohol. But you’re really not alone. In today’s blog, I’m sharing some of the things I’ve learned from working…

10 Side Effects Alcohol Ads Should Warn You About

When I was in Florida last week I watched a bit of TV in the mornings as I got ready for the day. I’d completely forgotten that in the US, pharmaceutical companies are allowed to advertise on telly. I’m fascinated by these ads because…

Lessons From A Week Of Networking & Socialising Sober

I’m writing this from Orlando airport as I wait to catch my flight back to the UK. It’s been a busy few days for me – I’ve been to two different conferences, one in London and one here in Florida. My head is spinning after a week of learning…

5 Annoying Things That Happen When You Quit Drinking

Deciding to quit drinking is one of the best things I’ve ever done for myself. Initially, my plan was just to take a break for 100 days, but five and a half years later I’ve never looked back! I decided to stick with sobriety because I felt so much…

Going Alcohol-Free: Is It Really That Scary?

It’s nearly Halloween and all this talk of spooky stuff got me thinking about an important question: what would you do if you weren’t afraid? When it comes to going alcohol-free, most of us are a bit scared. I certainly was. The thought of…

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…