Kate's Blog

My crazy drinking rules
The Rules. Ah... the rules. Completely self imposed, they governed much of my drinking life. Long before I really acknowledged I had a problem, I was creating rules about when I could drink and how much I could have. The Rules were my way of trying to...
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The Sober School's guide to... clubbing
All too often, sobriety gets a bad rap. It's just assumed that when you part ways with alcohol, you wave bye bye to your social life at the same time. But this is a myth. An alcohol free lifestyle does not, I repeat not, mean signing up for a lifetime...
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How I knew it was time to stop drinking
There are two questions I get asked a lot about the fact that I don't drink. People who have no problem with alcohol tend to ask, "What made you decide to stop drinking?" This question is usually accompanied by raised eyebrows and a baffled, bemused or...
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When did we normalise abnormal drinking?
I feel very strongly that the mythology around drinking causes a lot of damage. Having moved from a binge drinker, to a heavy drinker, to a drinker in denial, to one struggling to quit and - finally! - someone who is happy not to drink at all, I’ve seen...
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Do I have a drinking problem? One simple test
If you're browsing this website, the chances are that at some point you've googled the question 'am I an alcoholic?' But perhaps a better question to ask is 'do I have a drinking problem?' At The Sober School we tend to use the term 'drinking problem'...
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Why sobriety rocks
When you stop drinking, you’ll quickly notice lots of changes and benefits - some big, some small. Some days it's easy to take it all for granted and forget just how bad things were. So here's my list of all the things I love about not drinking. It's...
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