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…

Alcohol’s Empty Promises (And The Truth About Sobriety)

Once upon a time, booze seemed to be the answer to everything. Need to unwind? Drink. Need a confidence boost? Drink. Need to feel happier? Drink! I used to rely on alcohol for so much. It was a pick-me-up when I felt down and…

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…

7 Surprising Things That Happen When You Stop Drinking

What happens when you stop drinking? I’d always imagined my life would remain pretty much the same as it always had been. I figured I’d still be the same person, doing the same things, living the same life…