Why Can’t I Cut Down Or Control My Drinking?

Why can’t I control my drinking? Why can’t I be like other people, who have a few drinks and then stop? What’s wrong with me? My inability to control my drinking used to feel like such a personal failing – a weakness. Nowadays…

Why You Should Forget About Rock Bottom

If you’ve been thinking about your relationship with alcohol for a while, the chances are you’ve heard about ‘hitting rock bottom.’ This is the low point that drinkers apparently need to sink to before they feel ready to quit for good…

How To Make It Through Friday Night Without Drinking

For the longest time I couldn’t get through Friday night without drinking. Each week looked something like this: Monday: Vow to quit forever. This is IT! Tuesday: Still thinking about that last hangover. Wednesday: Gosh this week feels…

How To Make Sobriety Feel Less Awkward

When you first quit drinking, alcohol free living can feel a bit awkward. It’s new. Different. Uncomfortable. You’re figuring out a lot of stuff you haven’t done before and trying to keep your head in the right place. I know that sometimes…

“Want A Glass Of Wine?” (Here’s What To Say Next)

“Do you fancy a glass of wine or shall we get a bottle?” Picture the scene – you’ve decided to stop drinking. Maybe you’ve quit for good… or perhaps you’re experimenting with a break from booze. Either way, you haven’t exactly…

“Sobriety Makes Me Feel So Deprived…”

The thought of quitting drinking used to make me feel so deprived. Getting sober felt like signing up to a lifetime of missing out… and the more I thought about it, the worse it seemed. So how do you feel good about giving up booze if…

You & Alcohol: What Has The Pandemic Taught You?

What has the pandemic taught us? It’s been a whole year since ‘normal life’ changed and we were told to stay at home. If your drinking has increased since then, you certainly aren’t alone. But what have you learned from…

“But I Should Be Able To Drink If I Want To!”

“I should be able to drink if I want to!” Before I quit drinking, my brain spent a long time throwing a temper tantrum about it. Sobriety felt like something I “had” to do – and the whiny, two year old part of my brain was not happy. I thought…

When You Can’t Imagine Living Life Without Booze

Before I quit drinking, I couldn’t imagine what life would be like without booze in it. How would I cope with a bad day at work without drinking? I couldn’t imagine going out at the weekend sober, or celebrating something special without…

Playing The Movie To The End – Are You Doing It Right?

When you’re tempted to drink, playing the movie to the end is a good idea. This means forcing yourself to think about how things will really turn out, if you have “just one drink.” Because the truth is, it’s probably NOT going to be just…

“I’m Not Lazy Or Stupid – Why Can’t I Figure This Out?”

“Why can’t I figure out how to quit drinking?” I must have asked myself that question so many times. In every other area of life, I was pretty good at making things happen. I wasn’t afraid of hard work and I considered myself to be a…

“I Deserve A Glass Of Wine Tonight…”

“I deserve a glass of wine tonight!” As soon as the thought popped into my head I knew I’d be in trouble. When I was drinking, I always felt I deserved wine after a tough day. And if I’d had a good day? Well, I still deserved wine. If I was…