If wine were a donut …

If wine were a donut …

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...

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Guest blog ‘Get Sober and Start Living’ by Stephen

Guest blog ‘Get Sober and Start Living’ by Stephen

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...

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Guest blog ‘Life On The Other Side’ by Emma

Guest blog ‘Life On The Other Side’ by Emma

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....

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Guest blog ‘The Tricks of the Mind’ by Ann-Marie

Guest blog ‘The Tricks of the Mind’ by Ann-Marie

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...

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Guest blog ‘The Myth Of Moderation’ by Lauren

Guest blog ‘The Myth Of Moderation’ by Lauren

My name is Lauren, I’m 37 years old and I got sober in May 2017 after binge drinking for 20 years. I started partying when I was still in high school, getting drunk on the weekends and that continued into my adult life. I always justified my binge drinking because I...

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Guest Blog ‘The Story of the Serial Quitter’ by lovely Jan

Guest Blog ‘The Story of the Serial Quitter’ by lovely Jan

I am sitting on the toilet seat in my bathroom, looking at my husband who is crouched down on the floor in front of me. He’s got a tea towel in his hand which he’s holding against the side of my head and he’s talking to somebody on the phone. I think he's talking...

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#club365 – Ariane ‘My Soberversary Story’

#club365 – Ariane ‘My Soberversary Story’

I had my first drink at 13, and my last at 32. For close to two decades, alcohol was an integral part of my life. When I fell pregnant with my first child, I had plenty of time to dry out and think about how unhealthy my relationship with alcohol had become. This...

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#club365 – Kate – ‘Take One Minute At A Time’

#club365 – Kate – ‘Take One Minute At A Time’

On 23 July 2018, I celebrated 12 whole years of sobriety. My relationship with alcohol, like most relationships, was complex. Alcoholism runs in my family and was part of my daily life from the day I was born 54 years ago. In many ways, it was kind of my destiny;...

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#club365 – Nic – ‘Life begins’

#club365 – Nic – ‘Life begins’

On 13 April 2017, I woke up from my slumber,feeling like I'd chewed on Ghandi’s sandal for the last few hours and desperate for a break from the pounding in my head. Thankfully, the house was silent and I was very much alone. I sat up, steadied myself, and headed for...

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#club365 Week – Andrea – @feravida @saspodcast

#club365 Week – Andrea – @feravida @saspodcast

I want to start by saying that my struggle with alcoholism was the greatest gift I have ever received. It was also the single hardest demon I’ve had to defeat. My experiences of living with alcoholism and my eventual recovery sent me down a path to a wonderful and...

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#club365 Week – Jo – ‘Coins in a Jar’

#club365 Week – Jo – ‘Coins in a Jar’

On 27 July 2018, I celebrated my first Soberversary; one whole year of being completely alcohol free. It’s been a year of ups and downs but most importantly, a year of huge self -awareness. Choosing to live a sober life is so many things all at once. I feel strong,...

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The Great Alcohol Free Drink Debate

The Great Alcohol Free Drink Debate

Here I am, fresh from the Club Soda Mindful Drinking Festival held in London yesterday & thought I'd share my views on a few of the hundreds of awesome products that were available to try! Alcohol free (AF) drinks are always controversial. Some swear by them, some...

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#day600

#day600

600 days ago, I woke up with my final hangover. I was away with friends for a weekend full of boozing & little did I know, I was done. As I came around that morning after a fractious sleep, I was dehydrated (as usual), felt sick, had a headache and had scratched...

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Super Sparkly Sober Saturday

Super Sparkly Sober Saturday

Pre Soberdom, weekends were for one thing only and that was getting hammered. On Friday nights, the habit was real. There I was, like a bee to a honey pot, hurtling down the wine aisle to check out the offers. In summer, it was white or rose; in winter, heavy red. Two...

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The Massive Mood – 6 months & beyond

The Massive Mood – 6 months & beyond

Achieving 6 months of sobriety is a weird old time. On the one hand, it's an ENORMOUS accomplishment; on the other, it's a no-mans-land of 'what the actual fuck am I doing?' I remember 6 months well. One minute, I was ecstatic, jumping for joy and celebratory, and the...

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Mum’s week .. ‘I vow to never drink again’

Mum’s week .. ‘I vow to never drink again’

On 28 October 2016, I became sober. My decision was finalised after a hideous hen weekend away. My own hen weekend. I vowed never to drink again. We went camping on Shell Island. I got so drunk that I fell into the fire pit, smashed up all the tables and completely...

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Year posted

Year posted

Guest blog ‘The Myth Of Moderation’ by Lauren

Guest blog ‘The Myth Of Moderation’ by Lauren

My name is Lauren, I’m 37 years old and I got sober in May 2017 after binge drinking for 20 years. I started partying when I was still in high school, getting drunk on the weekends and that continued into my adult life. I always justified my binge drinking because I...

Guest Blog ‘The Story of the Serial Quitter’ by lovely Jan

Guest Blog ‘The Story of the Serial Quitter’ by lovely Jan

I am sitting on the toilet seat in my bathroom, looking at my husband who is crouched down on the floor in front of me. He’s got a tea towel in his hand which he’s holding against the side of my head and he’s talking to somebody on the phone. I think he's talking...

#club365 – Ariane ‘My Soberversary Story’

#club365 – Ariane ‘My Soberversary Story’

I had my first drink at 13, and my last at 32. For close to two decades, alcohol was an integral part of my life. When I fell pregnant with my first child, I had plenty of time to dry out and think about how unhealthy my relationship with alcohol had become. This...

#club365 – Kate – ‘Take One Minute At A Time’

#club365 – Kate – ‘Take One Minute At A Time’

On 23 July 2018, I celebrated 12 whole years of sobriety. My relationship with alcohol, like most relationships, was complex. Alcoholism runs in my family and was part of my daily life from the day I was born 54 years ago. In many ways, it was kind of my destiny;...

#club365 – Nic – ‘Life begins’

#club365 – Nic – ‘Life begins’

On 13 April 2017, I woke up from my slumber,feeling like I'd chewed on Ghandi’s sandal for the last few hours and desperate for a break from the pounding in my head. Thankfully, the house was silent and I was very much alone. I sat up, steadied myself, and headed for...

#club365 Week – Andrea – @feravida @saspodcast

#club365 Week – Andrea – @feravida @saspodcast

I want to start by saying that my struggle with alcoholism was the greatest gift I have ever received. It was also the single hardest demon I’ve had to defeat. My experiences of living with alcoholism and my eventual recovery sent me down a path to a wonderful and...

#club365 Week – Jo – ‘Coins in a Jar’

#club365 Week – Jo – ‘Coins in a Jar’

On 27 July 2018, I celebrated my first Soberversary; one whole year of being completely alcohol free. It’s been a year of ups and downs but most importantly, a year of huge self -awareness. Choosing to live a sober life is so many things all at once. I feel strong,...

The Great Alcohol Free Drink Debate

The Great Alcohol Free Drink Debate

Here I am, fresh from the Club Soda Mindful Drinking Festival held in London yesterday & thought I'd share my views on a few of the hundreds of awesome products that were available to try! Alcohol free (AF) drinks are always controversial. Some swear by them, some...

#day600

#day600

600 days ago, I woke up with my final hangover. I was away with friends for a weekend full of boozing & little did I know, I was done. As I came around that morning after a fractious sleep, I was dehydrated (as usual), felt sick, had a headache and had scratched...

Super Sparkly Sober Saturday

Super Sparkly Sober Saturday

Pre Soberdom, weekends were for one thing only and that was getting hammered. On Friday nights, the habit was real. There I was, like a bee to a honey pot, hurtling down the wine aisle to check out the offers. In summer, it was white or rose; in winter, heavy red. Two...

The Massive Mood – 6 months & beyond

The Massive Mood – 6 months & beyond

Achieving 6 months of sobriety is a weird old time. On the one hand, it's an ENORMOUS accomplishment; on the other, it's a no-mans-land of 'what the actual fuck am I doing?' I remember 6 months well. One minute, I was ecstatic, jumping for joy and celebratory, and the...

Mum’s week .. ‘I vow to never drink again’

Mum’s week .. ‘I vow to never drink again’

On 28 October 2016, I became sober. My decision was finalised after a hideous hen weekend away. My own hen weekend. I vowed never to drink again. We went camping on Shell Island. I got so drunk that I fell into the fire pit, smashed up all the tables and completely...

Mum’s Week – ‘CatMother Extraordinaire’

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’

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’

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’

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’

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...

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