On 27 November 2016, I became alcohol & smoke free & decided to write about my journey.
This is my story.
I grew up with tee-total parents, and didn’t really discover alcohol until I left my sleepy home town in Norfolk to chase the bright lights of the Bournemouth seafront at 21. In the relationship I was in at the time, we would think nothing of going on an all-day...read more
Have you noticed that the words 'alcohol' and 'anxiety' both have seven letters in them? This means when you write them out, one under the other, they are pretty much the same length on the page. To me, this is a symbolic way of how aligned and in-tune alcohol and...read more
I have struggled with my mental health on and off over the past 15 years. This varied from post-natal depression, to stress and anxiety, to, at it’s very worst, self-harming. I have never shied away from attempting to deal with my mental health issues, attending the...read more
Six years ago, I reached a stage in my life where, due to a combination of weed, alcohol and mental health issues, I was unable to leave my house. I couldn’t walk to my local shop and supermarkets were completely out of my reach; I had to start doing online food...read more
Like a lot of people, I started drinking as a teenager and loved it, mainly because it made me more confident in social situations and I considered myself to be shy without it. I continued with this attitude throughout my life (now I am 36), believing alcohol made me...read more
'Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving'. Terry Pratchett - A Hat Full of Sky My name is Mel and I have been sober since 6 July 2018. It hasn't been an easy journey to give up drinking but right now I know it’s been the best decision I have...read more
This time last year, I was a teacher living in London, in her own place, doing 'well' to the outside world, but underneath the carefully constructed facade, I was actually drowning. I had begun what I now affectionately refer to as my 'final descent to rock bottom'....read more
Guest Blog ‘Single & Sober: What It’s Like Navigating the Dating World When You’re Alcohol-Free’ by Amanda
In January 2017, after several dismal attempts at moderating my drinking, I decided to do an extended period of sobriety. For at least six months, I had been hearing this whisper telling me that the party girl lifestyle was no longer serving me; that if I wanted to...read more
I had been sober and 'kiss free' for 13 months before I felt I was ready to plunge back into the world of internet dating. I downloaded the dating app 'Bumble' and started swiping. Almost immediately, I saw a friend from childhood who I hadn’t spoken to since I was 8...read more
When I was 17 years old, I started my first dream job as a trainee Zoo Keeper. I was shy and uncomfortable around people and had always said I would never drink or smoke because I’d seen how alcohol affected people and didn’t like it. I’d been invited out by my work...read more