Rachel Black

Living the sober dream. Sober, is indeed, the New Black.

A forty something career girl, mother, wife, friend and blogger who drank wine to cope with her problems until she realised wine was the cause of them, rather than the solution she believed it to be.

Expecting sobriety to be, well, sober really, all about misery and missing out, she was stunned to find how much there was to gain from giving up.

Rachel Black is the author of several books on the subject including 'Sober is the New Black': A 'Then and Now' account of life beyond booze and 'The Secret to Being Fashionably Sober and Fabulous'.

Two Years Today

In my life, alcohol is almost like a massive storm, a tornado even, whipping up chaos and destruction in its pathway with me tightly sucked into its vortex. The devastation so significant my life cleaved into two parts; before and after.
30/03/2015 13:16 BST

Past Perceptions of Sober People

As I was tried and failed to moderate, not yet ready to consider giving up totally myself, I watched sober people with a new sense of awe and admiration. Not only did they not drink alcohol, they appeared content with their ways and looked happy.
24/02/2015 14:57 GMT

A Disappointing Valentine

I was torn. Undecided. I had planned a trip to the cinema with a friend yet despite having you all to myself the last three nights, I was tempted. It was becoming routine, more serious but still, a very attractive proposition.
12/02/2015 10:59 GMT

How to Tell if You're an Alcoholic

In the lead up to stopping drinking we will all have wondered if we do actually drink too much. A lot perhaps, but too much? That's something different.
26/01/2015 16:19 GMT

Six Surprising Side Effects of Sobriety

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.
12/01/2015 14:31 GMT

Then and Now: Booze and Bed

My thoughts wander back to the previous night, assessing the damage. Had I picked an argument? Emptied the kitchen of snacks? Had I texted any friends with 'great ideas' or bought anything online on the spur of the moment?
07/01/2015 11:49 GMT