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?

The #1 Strategy Almost Everyone Overlooks

I’ve got an important question for you today. When was the last time you tried to do something really, really challenging on your own, without any help or support and without telling anyone you know? It sounds a bit crazy, right?

The benefits of hindsight

Imagine you could counsel your younger self: what words of advice would you offer? I’m reading a book at the moment in which numerous celebrities write letters to their teenage selves. From the hilarious to the heartfelt, there are some little nuggets of wisdom…

The moderation myth

It’s National Stop Smoking Day on Wednesday. The theme for this year is ‘proud to be a quitter’. I love this idea. In life we’re always told to never give up and to keep going – but when it comes to something like smoking, being a quitter is definitely a good thing…

Fighting FOMO

Whether it’s triggered by Facebook pictures of the party you weren’t invited to, or some news from your now-married ex, most of us will have experienced FOMO at some point. The Fear Of Missing Out is the social anxiety that comes from worrying that everyone else is having more fun…

Sugar rush

I get lots of questions about sugar. Alcohol has tons of sugar in it and when you take the booze away, our bodies can really miss the sweet stuff. People who’ve spent years skipping dessert can suddenly find they want to inhale pints of ice cream or steal sweets from children…

Love and self care

It’s very easy to hate Valentine’s Day when you’re single, like me. The sheer volume of saccharine, romantic propaganda can be a little overwhelming. Yesterday, my other single friends were keen to remind anyone who’d listen that the 14th February is nothing but…