Cutting Down Vs Quitting: What Should I Do?

This week I’m answering a reader question from Jenny, who writes: “I’ve been trying and failing to cut down my drinking for a while now. Unfortunately, it doesn’t really matter what I do, once I start I can rarely stop. I hate…

9 Things To Pack On Your First Alcohol-Free Holiday

Your Out of Office is on, your passport is packed and you’ve found your bikini. Now there’s just one thing left to decide: are you going to drink on holiday or not? If you’re newly sober, or trying to be, then your first alcohol-free…

Why You Should Quit Before You Feel Ready

You’ve dabbled with alcohol-free living, on and off. You’ve read countless sober memoirs. You lurk on sober blogs. You are officially sober curious. You spend a lot of time THINKING about quitting. You know you need to…

How To Stay Motivated When You Really Want To Drink

When it comes to stopping drinking and staying motivated, one of the best action steps you can take is to figure out your WHY. Because let’s be real here – sobriety ain’t no walk in the park. There will always be ups and downs…

The Beauty Benefits: Why Sobriety Makes You Look Great

You know that drinking is bad for you. You hear the warnings. You understand the health risks. You also know that alcohol has some other, unpleasant side effects: it drains your wallet, it makes you do things you regret…

How To Stay Alcohol-Free Next Weekend

These days, my Monday mornings feel pretty good. But not so long ago, they used to be about coping. Coping with a hangover. Coping with the guilt of another wasted weekend. Coping with work, when I didn’t feel at all rested or ok…

What do you mean, you’re NOT drinking?!

Picture the scene: it’s your best friend’s birthday and you’ve been dragged out for drinks. You’re hovering near the bar, trying to discreetly order something alcohol-free without anyone noticing. Just as you start to think that you’ve got…

What To Do When You Feel Scared And Stuck

What do you do when the idea of stopping drinking fills you with fear – but the thought of staying as you are feels just as scary? I know what it’s like to be in that frustrating, limbo state, wondering how to move forwards…

3 Ways To Deal With Unhelpful Advice About Your Drinking

Today’s blog is for you if you keep getting unsolicited, unhelpful ‘advice’ about your drinking from friends and family. You know what I mean, right? Your partner can’t see what the problem is and thinks you’re…

Why You Should Forget About Rock Bottom

If you’ve been thinking about stopping drinking, then the chances are you’ve heard about ‘hitting rock bottom’. Perhaps you’ve read about other people’s experiences; that time they woke up in hospital, with no memory…

9 Ways We Treat Alcohol Differently From Other Drugs

If you struggle to say no to a glass of wine – but you’d never dream of touching ‘proper’ drugs – make sure you read this post. I’m always struck by the clarity we have about ‘dangerous drugs’ i.e. substances that we’ve been…

Alcohol-free? You’re In Very Good Company

Ever since I stopped drinking, I’ve been fascinated by the number of celebrities who are quietly sober. I’m not talking about people who are famous for stints in and out of rehab, or stars who’ve fought well-publicised battles with booze…