Mum’s Week – ‘CatMother Extraordinaire’

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...

Mum’s week – ‘The Healing Junkie’

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...

Mum’s week – ‘Changing one thing, changed everything’

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...

Mum’s week – ‘Day 1 or 1 Day .. you decide’

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...

Mum’s Week – ‘Brains Are Awesome’

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...

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...

Guest Blog – Lysha Holmes Celebrates 1 Year Sober

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....

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....

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...

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...

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,...

Men’s Week – ‘Living life in high definition’

My relationship with alcohol was always a difficult one. As a child, I watched my mum descend into serious alcoholism. Thankfully, she's now been sober for eighteen years but whilst her problem with alcohol should've taught me that drinking is neither big or clever,...

Men’s Week – Hey, my name is Scott & I’m an alcoholic

I am an addict of people, places and things. I have been clean and sober since 18/10/17, one day at a time. At 23, I never imagined committing to a new way of life; to be abstinent and free from the clutches of drink and drugs. Before I became sober, I’d have told you...

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...

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....

This Beautiful Life

Isn’t it funny the reactions that an in depth study on drinking alcohol can provoke? ‘Oh it’s the Daily Mail, must be crap’ or ‘we’re all gonna die anyway, what’s two years less?’ or ‘so & so lived til 95 & they’re ok’ I think the point was missed. Of course alcohol...

My Beautiful Adventure

So this is it. The end of my beautiful adventure. The adventure I was so apprehensive about but so looking forward to at the same time. The adventure that has and will continue to change my life. I’ve always wanted to come to Thailand but was always waiting for the...

Heaven Really Is A Place On Earth

When people say Thailand is beautiful, they’re not kidding. In fact, I’m not sure beautiful is the right adjective. It is outstanding, heavenly, stunning, amazing, literally perfect in so many ways. I have finally made it to the islands. Utterly breathtaking....

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Mum’s Week – ‘CatMother Extraordinaire’

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...

Mum’s week – ‘The Healing Junkie’

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...

Mum’s week – ‘Changing one thing, changed everything’

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...

Mum’s week – ‘Day 1 or 1 Day .. you decide’

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...

Mum’s Week – ‘Brains Are Awesome’

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...

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...

Guest Blog – Lysha Holmes Celebrates 1 Year Sober

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....

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....

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...

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...

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,...

Men’s Week – ‘Living life in high definition’

My relationship with alcohol was always a difficult one. As a child, I watched my mum descend into serious alcoholism. Thankfully, she's now been sober for eighteen years but whilst her problem with alcohol should've taught me that drinking is neither big or clever,...

Men’s Week – Hey, my name is Scott & I’m an alcoholic

I am an addict of people, places and things. I have been clean and sober since 18/10/17, one day at a time. At 23, I never imagined committing to a new way of life; to be abstinent and free from the clutches of drink and drugs. Before I became sober, I’d have told you...

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...

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....

This Beautiful Life

Isn’t it funny the reactions that an in depth study on drinking alcohol can provoke? ‘Oh it’s the Daily Mail, must be crap’ or ‘we’re all gonna die anyway, what’s two years less?’ or ‘so & so lived til 95 & they’re ok’ I think the point was missed. Of course alcohol...

My Beautiful Adventure

So this is it. The end of my beautiful adventure. The adventure I was so apprehensive about but so looking forward to at the same time. The adventure that has and will continue to change my life. I’ve always wanted to come to Thailand but was always waiting for the...

Heaven Really Is A Place On Earth

When people say Thailand is beautiful, they’re not kidding. In fact, I’m not sure beautiful is the right adjective. It is outstanding, heavenly, stunning, amazing, literally perfect in so many ways. I have finally made it to the islands. Utterly breathtaking....

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