On 27 November 2016, I became alcohol & smoke free & decided to write about my journey.

This is my story.

Guest Poem – The Darkness

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...

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Men’s Week – ‘Alcohol Was Not My Friend’

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....

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Men’s Week – Sobriety changed my life

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...

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Men’s Week – Alcohol & Me

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...

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Men’s Week – The Enemy in the Bottle

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,...

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Men’s Week – My life as a binge drinking man

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...

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Alcohol Free is the way to be

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....

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