I’m a reformed heavy drinker – sober since December 2013 – and making the most of my amazing “new” world in sobriety. I blog about various aspects of sobriety, and contribute to a website called soberistas which is an online community of self-helpers sharing their thoughts, fears and hopes with fellow victims of the bottle. I speak regularly at Lancaster Royal Infirmary’s alcohol events and I volunteer as an Alcohol Recovery Worker in the London Borough of Southwark.
To pay the bills, I am a supporting artiste in the TV and film world (a lot of fun!) and a run a modest business development consultancy for SMEs.
I am grateful that being in my 50s, with no dependents and a bar tab that’s always on zero, I am able to take a casual approach to my income. I have a lovely partner and a wonderful home-life in sobriety.
But I don’t need reminding that not drinking has given me new powers. It’s as if I’ve been given a missing limb back after 3 decades of struggle. Sometimes, at the end of a night of socialising, I get into my car to go home and it feels like I have been given the ability to fly. It hasn’t worn off yet, and I don’t think it ever will.
I hope that my drinking memoir will help all those people who are worried about their alcohol consumption to figure out the truth behind their own relationship with alcohol and what they want to do about it – objectively and without pressure.