On 27 November 2016, I became alcohol & smoke free & decided to write about my journey.
This is my story.
The darkness descends at any given time; without any warning, without sign. I've survived through what was total hell; only I myself know when I will really be well I've been through bereavement and also divorce; my life is so terribly full of remorse. The demons...read more
On 10 June 2017, my best friend & I were belatedly celebrating my 43rd birthday. We bought the obligatory bottle of Prosecco as we'd done countless times over the last 20 years, and toasted to good times and our forever friendship. However, this time was different....read more
I am living the most wonderful life imaginable. I have an amazing wife, a fabulous job, a beautiful home and lots of good friends. I feel fit and strong and like nothing better than going on fantastic hiking adventures with my wife and dog Betty. I am complete....read more
I started drinking cider at the age of 15. Almost instantly, I loved how alcohol made me feel. My shyness would disappear and I would feel like the life and soul of the party. As I grew up, everyone drank alcohol but I felt like my drinking was different to that of my...read more
I bloody love drinking or perhaps I should say I used to bloody love drinking. My early years were often spent in a private sports club where drinking was prolific. From the age of 14, thanks to a private licence, we were allowed to drink the odd cider and shandy once...read more
Where shall I start….??? Well, I’m 56 years old, male, and have been married for 17 years (third time lucky) with two mid-teenagers. For most of my life, I was in the Royal Marines followed by the Police. Drinking was never prevalent in my family; in the early 80's,...read more
My relationship with alcohol was always a difficult one. As a child, I watched my mum descend into serious alcoholism. Thankfully, she's now been sober for eighteen years but whilst her problem with alcohol should've taught me that drinking is neither big or clever,...read more
I am an addict of people, places and things. I have been clean and sober since 18/10/17, one day at a time. At 23, I never imagined committing to a new way of life; to be abstinent and free from the clutches of drink and drugs. Before I became sober, I’d have told you...read more
I first started drinking as a shy, quiet 16 year old, and immediately found alcohol to be a great way to gain confidence. My first drunken memory was from a 6th form party at a local nightclub, where I drank cheap cider plus whatever else I could get my hands on. My...read more
The problem with alcohol is that whilst you’re under its power, things are fake. Alcohol suppresses your real feelings and emotions, and whilst under its influence, you believe that fake feelings and numbness are highly preferable to the real thing. Alcohol is a liar....read more