A year after ditching the drink – a letter to myself

On my first year ‘soberversary’ I wrote a letter to my past self reassuring her about the decision to take a break from alcohol. You can read the full story on the Hello Sunday Morning website. In the letter I addressed my three major concerns about taking a break from drinking: Is giving up drinkingContinue reading “A year after ditching the drink – a letter to myself”

Swapping one drink for another – which drink is best?

I’m in a Facebook group where the members are all ‘women of a certain age’ (i.e. those going through perimenopause or menopause). It’s a great group and the women are funny and supportive – exactly what you need when hot flushes, unwanted weight gain and fluctuating mood swings are playing havoc with your physical andContinue reading “Swapping one drink for another – which drink is best?”

FOMO – am I really missing out?

When I began to entertain the thought of going alcohol free, I was filled with dread. It was not just the thought of life without my faithful friend wine but also the fear of missing out (FOMO). Whenever I considered going a month alcohol free I could not imagine doing anything social without having aContinue reading “FOMO – am I really missing out?”

I thought ditching alcohol would mean switching the light off

For years I knew that I was drinking too much alcohol, yet I would never have considered going alcohol free. To me, giving up alcohol was a drastic measure for those really in the grips of an addiction. It was something that people had to do because they had hit rock bottom, not something anyoneContinue reading “I thought ditching alcohol would mean switching the light off”