On 27 November 2016, I became alcohol & smoke free & decided to write about my journey.
This is my story.
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
Hello, my name is Kelly, I'm 25 years old, and every day I'm grateful that I stopped drinking when I was young. My heavy drinking was between age 19 and 23 and it took until I was at least 6 months sober to realise I'd been trapped in someone else’s mind and body....read more
Don't be scared to walk alone Don't be scared to like it There's no time that you must be home So sleep where your darkness falls John Mayer The benefits of getting sober while single and childfree are numerous but the most important one is that you have the time and...read more
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