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…

Stop Romanticising Alcohol: 5 Valentine’s Day Tips

My local supermarket has stacked bottles of pink fizz near the entrance. The restaurant next door is offering a special, boozy dinner deal. And across the road, the florist is getting ready to deliver eye-wateringly expensive champagne…

A Booze-Free Buzz: 4 Of The Best Natural Highs

I used to love the buzz I got from alcohol. I was hooked on the sugary rush those first few drinks delivered; they seemed to give me a boost. They made me feel good… for a while. When I was drinking, it was hard to imagine that anything else…

I quit for a month. That proves I’m in control, right?

Laura writes: “I struggled with my drinking last year and rarely went more than a few days without caving in. But after Christmas my husband and I decided we’d have a dry January – and to my surprise, I’ve stuck at it. I’m really proud…

5 Tips For Sticking With Your Dry January Goals

We’re two weeks into 2017 and you know what that means: it’s make or break time for your New Year’s resolutions. Statistically, this is the week when many of us will decide to give up on our goals. We all know what it’s like…

10 Tips For Surviving Your First Sober Christmas

If you’re newly sober – or trying to be – then the chances are, you find this time of year a bit stressful. There are parties to navigate, family pressures to deal with and lots of boozy marketing messages all over the place. When you’re one of…

Hangover Cures, The Festive Spirit (And A Few Big Fat Lies)

Christmas is just around the corner and we are officially in party season. I’ve noticed some magazines also call this time of year ‘hangover season’, which would explain the sudden rush of articles with headlines like…

Fact vs Fiction: Is Alcohol Helping Me Cope With Stress?

“It’s been a stressful day. I want a drink!” We’ve all heard other people say they need a few drinks to unwind, and the chances are we’ve also said it ourselves. The idea of drinking away our stress is very well established in…