Sobriety

Hard Sell Sobriety

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 06.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Carrie Armstrong

When I see people working so hard to try and get people to convert to their way of living, quite often it is from a place of kindness and concern. But, equally often, it's from a place of needing every one to be the same as them, so they don't feel they are missing out anymore.

Why Don't You Drink Now?

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 19.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Carrie Armstrong

You could take away every positive non-drinking has ever given me. You could bring back into my life every negative that dissolved as a non drinker. I'd cope with them all. Everything except the itching. The feeling of having never had enough. I will never, ever stand for such a feeling in my life again. Nothing is worth that.

Spring Forward? Or Fall Back

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 01.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Carrie Armstrong

The truth is, even when we nail the art of non-drinking, the ground beneath us is never guaranteed to be steady. People still leave us in various ways. The shifting components of our life we have no control over still keep moving, at whatever pace they choose to.

Christmas Present - Sober

Pete Jackson | Posted 18.12.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Pete Jackson

I got sober in September 2009, and spent that Christmas volunteering in a homeless shelter. I'd love to say that this act was selfless, born out of a simple desire to do some good; and that was part of it... Honestly...

Christmas Past - My Christmas As A Drinking Alcoholic

Pete Jackson | Posted 11.12.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Pete Jackson

I'm Pete Jackson. Six years ago, in late September, I quit drinking. It wasn't my first attempt, not by a long stretch, but I hoped (and six years later I'm still hoping) that it was my last.

Forever Dry

Marissa Asli Bangura | Posted 12.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Marissa Asli Bangura

If you don't drink for medical, religious, health or other reasons, decide beforehand what explanation you're prepared to share with people and what you're not. Remember, when all is said and done, it really is no one else's business but your own.

Liverpool's Best Bar Serves No Alcohol

Rupert Wolfe-Murray | Posted 15.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Rupert Wolfe-Murray

Within minutes of entering The Brink my expectations had been demolished. The pub was full of normal looking people (not a depressing looking drunk in sight), light poured into a big space from huge skylights, the décor was inspiring, the artwork on the wall was good and the music intriguing.

How To Be A Sober Girl 30 Day Kickstart

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 01.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Carrie Armstrong

Starting after this Bank Holiday weekend. On Tuesday 5th of May, I'm inviting anyone who wants to to join a How To Be A Sober Girl 30 Day Kickstart. It's going to involve as little online support, and as much getting you out of the house, away from bloody internet forums as you can possibly fit in.

Sober for the Sake of It

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 13.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Carrie Armstrong

Sobriety for the sake of it has a very short shelf life. So knock it on the head. Today. Delete your blog you were busy writing on the brave struggle you are having today on your staring-at-the-four-walls sobriety and write one about learning to play the banjo instead.

Beware of Feeding Sharks

Louisa Leontiades | Posted 31.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Louisa Leontiades

I confess, there's a part of me which liked seeing someone else get drunk. It was terrible yet magnificent. I liked the thrill of being on the edge looking down at the feeding shark, in a frenzy of pain but also unbridled chaos and freedom.

Is That Why They Call It Memory Lane?

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 19.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Carrie Armstrong

Is that why they call it Memory Lane do you think? Because we make the past so narrow by filtering for it what suits us to remember? My drinking days were not all bad. Even in my worst of times. It's wrong of me to pretend otherwise.

What 100 Days of Sobriety Taught Me About Life

Kevin Widdop | Posted 07.12.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Kevin Widdop

Dry January was never really too daunting, given three-quarters of October, November and December all passed in a state of complete sobriety. My dirty little secret - drinking coca cola at parties and telling white lies by hinting I had already had enough that night - is well and truly and out. I'm as sober as a judge, people.

Six Surprising Side Effects of Sobriety

Rachel Black | Posted 12.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Rachel Black

You have a perpetual supply of wine to recycle as gifts. Yes, people still give me bottles of the stuff; they 'forget' that I 'don't really drink anymore' and still do not believe the 'No, not ever, not even one' part of the answer.

Why Sober Cheerleading Works (And Why I'm Gutted That it Does)

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 06.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Carrie Armstrong

I make no secret of the fact that I don't like addiction counsellors. The methods they work from are totally outdated. They are obsessed with dragging up the past instead of focusing on the present... most of all I dislike them because an addiction counsellor is a role undertaken by people who leave Rehab and don't know what to do with their lives.

Stop Blaming Advertising for Your Alcohol Abuse

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 01.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Carrie Armstrong

The biggest reason we have such a prolific alcohol abuse problem is because we refuse to take responsibility for our own actions. The reason that any attempts at sobriety are so protracted is that we are actively encouraged to lay the blame at everyone else's door but our own.

Should I Get Sober Online?

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 28.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Carrie Armstrong

There is nothing scarier or more liberating than people typing out verbatim everything we have ever felt about our drinking. Even the stuff we won't say out loud. Especially the stuff we don't say out loud. Because if we didn't say it then how do they know?

Size Does Matter in Sobriety

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 04.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Carrie Armstrong

Width in sobriety is new friends, fresh places, activities and perspectives. People who are very newly sober but have worked this out will not drink again. There a direct correlation between people who embrace a full sober life, (and this concept of width) and successful sobriety.

My Apologies to Those With Actual Diseases

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 04.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Carrie Armstrong

Alcoholism is not something any of us would choose to deliberately, consciously pursue as a lifestyle. But whether we persuade ourselves into it, or are hooked from day one, the fact remains that it is still behaviour. Not affliction.

Are You Actually Drinking "at" Something Though?

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 15.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Carrie Armstrong

One phrase that gets massively overused is "drinking at something". When life throws you a crap day or a bad situation and we use it as an excuse to drink. Drinking "at" that person, or scenario. Supposedly it's overcome by dealing with our feelings and reactions in a different way. Learning new coping skills.

Dry January

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 04.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Carrie Armstrong

If you're going to walk around acting like a self-righteous pr*ck because you are doing it dry this January, people will hate you. Deservedly. Do dry January quietly and happily. Then you will still have friends in February. Always a bonus.

"I'm Appalled To Admit They Drink Less And Study More."

The Huffington Post UK | Emma Reidy | Posted 22.11.2013 | UK Universities & Education

An age of sobriety is developing amongst Britain's students as they struggle to cope with the steep rise in tuition fees and "simply cannot afford" to...

Why I Was Wrong and Full of Sh*t About Sobriety

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 14.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Carrie Armstrong

This year I've been talking a lot about addiction. Why we are failing. What we are doing wrong. Why our failure rates are so bloody high. I shout a lot about mainstream recovery groups. How I believe they purport relapse and accept semi-permanent recovery as the norm. I was wrong.

Drinking: A Mash-Up Story

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 23.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Carrie Armstrong

I don't believe in protecting people from the opinions of others. In fact I find it faintly ridiculous that people devote so much time to worrying on the behalf of other people. Acting like addicts are a bunch of unruly 5 years olds, likely to go off on the tear after reading a well-versed piece of prose on drinking. It's not dangerous to display these views. It's eye-opening.

Wedding Season - A Sober Affair?

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 04.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Carrie Armstrong

A wedding can be many things depending on whereabouts you are on the sliding scale of alcohol abuse-to-alcoholism. If you're abusing it to the point people haven't really picked up on yet, then it's a great excuse to drink in a dysfunctional way with people who don't have alcohol problems... If you're at the stage where you suspect you have a problem and everyone around you shares that suspicion, then its stressful.

Why RiRi Is Right and Liz Jones Is Wrong

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 26.08.2013 | UK Entertainment
Carrie Armstrong

It's not Rihanna's job to live up to our ideal of the perfect role model for young women. She expresses herself for a living. She's very good at it. Right now she's young and spends a lot of time going out. She's really no different from other girls her age in that respect. She just does it on a bigger scale - and we all get to come along for the ride.