5 Tips For A Fabulous Alcohol-Free Holiday

When I first stopped drinking, something I really struggled to get my head around was the idea of not drinking on special occasions. Cutting out booze on a day-to-day basis was one thing, but staying sober for birthdays, weddings…

Secretly Sober? How To Turn Down Drinks & Deal With Friends

You would think it’d be no big deal to tell the people around you that you’ve decided to stop drinking. After all, if you suddenly announced you were on a diet or quitting smoking, no one else would care, right? In fact, they might even be supportive…

5 Lies We Tell Ourselves When We’re Drinking Too Much

So you think you might be drinking too much. You think it might be time to stop. But just as you’re seriously considering quitting, you start doubting yourself. You begin to wonder if you’re overreacting. You start to find ways to justify …

Why Summer Is A Great Time To Get Sober

At this time of year, it’s so easy to fall into the trap of romanticising alcohol. As the weather gets warmer, alcohol becomes more visible somehow; everyone seems to be outside drinking in pub gardens, or having boozy BBQs in the park…

How To Get Back On Track Quickly

Let’s face it: stopping drinking can be really hard. When we’re trying to quit something that we’ve been doing for a long time, the chances are we will screw up at some point. Perhaps you’re reading this because over the weekend that’s what…

The Thing That’s Really Holding You Back

There’s a stinky, uncomfortable truth that everyone experiences but no one wants to say out loud. So here it is: On some horrible, embarrassing level, it’s easier to stay where you are and be miserable than it is to do what it takes to change…

5 Things You’ve Got To Try This May

It’s May – the start of a bright, shiny new month! With summer just around the corner, now is the perfect time to turn over a new leaf. Personally, I think an alcohol-free lifestyle is pretty damn cool at any time of year, but waking up without…

Do You Have A Problem With Alcohol?

Before I quit alcohol, I had many firmly held beliefs about what constituted ‘problem drinking’. There was a line out there – somewhere – and there was no way I’d ever cross it, because that kind of thing didn’t happen to people like me…

Is Social Media Keeping You Stuck?

When you open up Facebook or Twitter, what do you see? Posts that make you feel connected and happy, loved and supported? Or is it a stream of negativity, with endless memes about how it’s ‘always wine o’clock somewhere’?

How To Stay Sober (When All Your Friends Drink)

The chances are that if you’re a big drinker, then your friends are too. We tend to surround ourselves with people who are just like us. But what do you do when you want to change … and the people around you don’t?

The #1 Strategy Almost Everyone Overlooks

I’ve got an important question for you today. When was the last time you tried to do something really, really challenging on your own, without any help or support and without telling anyone you know? It sounds a bit crazy, right?

The benefits of hindsight

Imagine you could counsel your younger self: what words of advice would you offer? I’m reading a book at the moment in which numerous celebrities write letters to their teenage selves. From the hilarious to the heartfelt, there are some little nuggets of wisdom…