On 27 November 2016, I became alcohol & smoke free & decided to write about my journey.
This is my story.
Pre Soberdom, weekends were for one thing only and that was getting hammered. On Friday nights, the habit was real. There I was, like a bee to a honey pot, hurtling down the wine aisle to check out the offers. In summer, it was white or rose; in winter, heavy red. Two...read more
Achieving 6 months of sobriety is a weird old time. On the one hand, it's an ENORMOUS accomplishment; on the other, it's a no-mans-land of 'what the actual fuck am I doing?' I remember 6 months well. One minute, I was ecstatic, jumping for joy and celebratory, and the...read more
On 28 October 2016, I became sober. My decision was finalised after a hideous hen weekend away. My own hen weekend. I vowed never to drink again. We went camping on Shell Island. I got so drunk that I fell into the fire pit, smashed up all the tables and completely...read more
I have been sober for 48 days. Quite the achievement for somebody whose automatic response to any situation was to celebrate (or commiserate) with a beer. Or wine. Or prosecco. Or gin. Good day at work? Have a drink. Bad day at work? Have a drink. Cat fallen out of...read more
Two years ago, I was a very different person to the one I am today. Back then, I was angry, sad, lost but most of all I was addicted. I started experimenting with drugs at the age of 13, mostly smoking pot and drinking alcohol until someone gave me a Percocet...read more
Hi, I’m Charlie and I'm a NON DRINKER. Ohhhh it feels so good to say that! Although I didn't drink every day, I was a ‘drink till you drop’ kind of drinker and I couldn’t imagine ever not being one. If you had told me back then that one day, I would write about how...read more
Yesterday was my birthday. Yesterday was also my Day 1 as I embark on a year without alcohol. So how am I feeling about it? Well, of course there are some nerves. I've thought about how I'll make it through Christmas or whether people will still want to hang out with...read more
Towards the end of 2017, I decided to challenge myself to raise money and awareness for The Brain Tumour Charity, in memory of my lovely mum. When I was thinking about what to do, I soon realised that I needed to do something pretty spectacular to get maximum...read more
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