Why Do We Ignore The Dangers Of Drinking?

Imagine being prescribed a drug that had the following side effects: slurred speech, drowsiness, vomiting, headaches, memory loss, distorted vision, unconsciousness and blackouts. Now imagine there were other, long-term, health risks…

How To Get Over The Fear Of Being Judged By Others

When I tell people that I don’t drink, they tend to look at me as though I’ve just revealed, very casually, that I eat children for breakfast. They’re often shocked. Suspicious. A bit confused. There is nearly always a demand to know why…

Fancy An Alcohol-Free August? Here’s How To Stay On Track

It’s the start of a bright, shiny new month – the perfect time to turn over a new leaf and get back on track with your sober goals. I know that talking about quitting ‘forever’ is really intimidating. If there was one thing sure to…

5 Tips For A Fabulous Alcohol-Free Holiday

When I first stopped drinking, something I really struggled to get my head around was the idea of not drinking on special occasions. Cutting out booze on a day-to-day basis was one thing, but staying sober for birthdays, weddings…

Secretly Sober? How To Turn Down Drinks & Deal With Friends

You would think it’d be no big deal to tell the people around you that you’ve decided to stop drinking. After all, if you suddenly announced you were on a diet or quitting smoking, no one else would care, right? In fact, they might even be supportive…

Why Summer Is A Great Time To Get Sober

At this time of year, it’s so easy to fall into the trap of romanticising alcohol. As the weather gets warmer, alcohol becomes more visible somehow; everyone seems to be outside drinking in pub gardens, or having boozy BBQs in the park…

How To Get Back On Track Quickly

Let’s face it: stopping drinking can be really hard. When we’re trying to quit something that we’ve been doing for a long time, the chances are we will screw up at some point. Perhaps you’re reading this because over the weekend that’s what…

The Thing That’s Really Holding You Back

There’s a stinky, uncomfortable truth that everyone experiences but no one wants to say out loud. So here it is: On some horrible, embarrassing level, it’s easier to stay where you are and be miserable than it is to do what it takes to change…

5 Things You’ve Got To Try This May

It’s May – the start of a bright, shiny new month! With summer just around the corner, now is the perfect time to turn over a new leaf. Personally, I think an alcohol-free lifestyle is pretty damn cool at any time of year, but waking up without…

Do You Have A Problem With Alcohol?

Before I quit alcohol, I had many firmly held beliefs about what constituted ‘problem drinking’. There was a line out there – somewhere – and there was no way I’d ever cross it, because that kind of thing didn’t happen to people like me…

Is Social Media Keeping You Stuck?

When you open up Facebook or Twitter, what do you see? Posts that make you feel connected and happy, loved and supported? Or is it a stream of negativity, with endless memes about how it’s ‘always wine o’clock somewhere’?

How To Stay Sober (When All Your Friends Drink)

The chances are that if you’re a big drinker, then your friends are too. We tend to surround ourselves with people who are just like us. But what do you do when you want to change … and the people around you don’t?