How To Deal With People Who Want You To Keep Drinking

It can be really tough if your friends and family don’t understand why you want to quit, or worse still, they try and convince you not to bother. In early sobriety, mastering alcohol-free living is challenging enough without the added…

Why November Is A Great Time To Quit Drinking

“I want to quit drinking but I’m not sure this is the right time…” I’ve lost track of the number of people I’ve heard say that. I know I said it countless times. Once I’d decided I needed to stop drinking, the next big decision was when. And the more…

Is There Such A Thing As ‘Normal’ Drinking?

Why can’t I drink normally? I suspect most of us have asked ourselves that question at some point or another.
I spent a lot of time trying to moderate my drinking and keep my intake to within ‘normal’ levels. I was…

What Kids Can Teach Us About Alcohol-Free Living

Here’s a quick question for you to ponder: would you ever give alcohol to a child? No? What if they were upset? Or needed cheering up? Or they were anxious about something? Or just a bit lonely? Still no? Phew. I thought that’s what…

Fact vs Fiction: Does Booze-Free Mean Boring?

Before I stopped drinking, I thought I knew what alcohol-free living would be like. I was convinced that sobriety was going to be as boring as hell. Alcohol seemed to be the thing that made everything sparkle. It turned bad nights into…

8 Things Normal Drinkers Don’t Do

How often have you asked yourself, ‘Do I really need to stop drinking?’ Answering that question truthfully can be hard, especially when you desperately want the answer to be ‘no’. When it comes to defining problem drinking…

3 Things To Try When You’ve Lost Your Motivation

If you’ve ever gone through a phase where you feel like you’ve lost your motivation to do anything about your drinking then you’re not alone. Nearly all of us go through this at some point. One minute you’re full of enthusiasm…

3 Fears Keeping You Stuck (And How To Beat Them)

Fear is a bitch sometimes. It’s a natural instinct, something designed to keep us safe and help us survive. It can be a brilliant internal warning system. But when it comes to sobriety – a major lifestyle change, whichever way you look at it…

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…

5 Things I Wish I’d Known When I Stopped Drinking

Oh, the beauty of hindsight! It makes everything look so completely and utterly different, doesn’t it? When I think back to those first few days and weeks of early sobriety, I could have saved myself a lot of worry and heartache…

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…