On 27 November 2016, I became alcohol & smoke free & decided to write about my journey.
This is my story.
I’m not really one for sharing personal stories but hey, here I am, declaring my achievements to my friends and random strangers on the internet!! I recently achieved over 800 days sober; my last alcoholic drink was consumed on 5 November 2016. I could never have...read more
My relationship with alcohol started from around the age of fifteen and was fairly normal in that I was allowed to have a shandy or two at family events. My mum's thinking was that she’d prefer me drinking in a safe environment at home, instead of buying cheap booze...read more
At fifteen years old, I was a very unique young adult. Although I had lots of potential, I was quite messed up from having a very bad childhood. Unfortunately, I had suffered many years of neglect and abuse from the one person who was supposed to look after me. One...read more
Hi, my name is Karl; I'm also known as 'The Sober Yorkshireman'. My drinking started when I was about fourteen/fifteen years old, as it did with lots of people brought up in the nineties. I started off drinking bottles of hooch and white lightning in my local park and...read more
Why have I stopped drinking? Bottom line. I have a drink problem. Was I hiding bottles of vodka in the dishwasher like Phil Mitchell? No. Was I about to lose my house or be sacked from my job? No. Did I hit the infamous rock bottom? No. But could the answer be yes to...read more
First of all, CONGRATULATIONS and WELL DONE for deciding to give Dry January a whirl! It really is the best present you can give to yourself, especially after the chaos of Christmas. In my opinion, any time of the sauce ain't no bad thing but please, be realistic....read more
So you’ve taken the plunge and decided that Christmas 2018 will be a hangover-free, guilt-free, joyous occasion, but you have no idea how you’re going to crack it? Here are some of my top tips to help you wake up in 2019 happy and poison free - Stop romanticising....read more
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