On 27 November 2016, I became alcohol & smoke free & decided to write about my journey.
This is my story.
I don’t know about you but donuts are not something I buy myself. I don’t crave them. I don’t look at them in a shop and think ‘oooo, I’d love a donut’ or eat my dinner and then think ‘a donut would finish that off nicely’. In fact, the only time I ever ate donuts or...read more
It's been 18 years since I had my last drink and sometimes it's easy to forget how difficult this journey has been for my loved ones and me. Most of my drinking career involved a conscious effort at 'mindful drinking', if that’s what you want to call it. I started...read more
Hello, my name is Emma, I'm 43 years young and I started living on the 23rd October 2016. I'd been drinking on all different levels since the age of 13. It started with just sips of beer or Thunderbirds, but I already knew that I enjoyed the feeling of being tipsy....read more
My story is probably similar to a lot of people that struggle with addiction; I was tricked by my own mind. I thought that I could moderate, but deep down, I knew that alcohol was destroying me physically, mentally and spiritually. I'd always had a troubled...read more
I can count back at least five years where I consciously knew I wasn’t entirely happy drinking alcohol. I didn’t know this when I was planning winery getaways or brewery hangouts. I didn’t know this come every weekend when I drank, because, well, it was the weekend...read more
My name is Lauren, I’m 37 years old and I got sober in May 2017 after binge drinking for 20 years. I started partying when I was still in high school, getting drunk on the weekends and that continued into my adult life. I always justified my binge drinking because I...read more
I am sitting on the toilet seat in my bathroom, looking at my husband who is crouched down on the floor in front of me. He’s got a tea towel in his hand which he’s holding against the side of my head and he’s talking to somebody on the phone. I think he's talking...read more
I had my first drink at 13, and my last at 32. For close to two decades, alcohol was an integral part of my life. When I fell pregnant with my first child, I had plenty of time to dry out and think about how unhealthy my relationship with alcohol had become. This...read more
SARA On New Year’s Eve 2016, I decided to give up alcohol for a year to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support. At the time it seemed like a wild, slightly audacious goal. Whilst I didn't drink ‘regularly’, there were definitely occasions of binge drinking. I'd done...read more
On 23 July 2018, I celebrated 12 whole years of sobriety. My relationship with alcohol, like most relationships, was complex. Alcoholism runs in my family and was part of my daily life from the day I was born 54 years ago. In many ways, it was kind of my destiny;...read more