We’ve just driven down to an airport in the Alps on our way back from a winter holiday with some old friends. There was plenty of sun and good snow and despite skiing like a lunatic I have no broken bones. I am presently sitting on a plane, next to my wife Laura and my youngest aged six. Laura is overcoming her fear of flying with the help of a miniature bottle of Prosecco. Our other children are dotted in the seats....Read more. Posted 28th February.
Valentine’s Day, I used to hate it with a passion. Upon the break up of my short-lived marriage (which depressingly occurred on February 14th back in 2003, when I was aged just twenty-seven) I had chronically low self-esteem and was drinking excessively on a regular basis. The two things were – surprise, surprise - most definitely linked, although at the time I was about as ready to accept that fact as I was to....Read more. Posted 15th February.
Much is written about giving up drinking. How do you stop? How do you stay stopped? There are numerous tips and advice (some of it helpful and some not so helpful!) about these things. But not so much is written about something far more important – how do you stay happy without alcohol in your life? How do you survive life’s little and sometimes ‘bloody big’ traumas....Read more. Posted 31st January.
Are you looking for a tasty alternative to your old boozy beverage of choice? Try these delicious mocktails for an alcohol-free treat that feels all grown-up.
Virgin Mojito (serves two)
Juice of 2 limes
3 tsp. x brown sugar
Handful of chopped fresh mint.... Read more. Posted 28th February.
Three years, nine months and a handful of days: this is the amount of time I have spent on the planet free from the mind-warping, body-wrecking and life-crushing effects of alcohol. If you’ve read my books then you’ll know that I wasn’t exactly delighted about the notion of sobering up back in the dark but ultimately life-changing springtime of 2011, when I drank so much....Read more. Posted 17th January.
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