I’m a reformed heavy drinker – nearly 5 years sober – and making the most of my amazing sober world. In addition to blogging on alcohol, I contribute to soberistas the amazing website for anyone with an alcohol problem. I also volunteer as an Alcohol Recovery Worker in the London Borough of Southwark. I pay the bills by working as a supporting artiste in the TV and film world (a lot of fun!) and doing a bit of tele-marketing work in the events industry).
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.
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.