The first time I threw up from drinking was from numerous fluffy ducks when I was 14.
The last time was all over myself in an Uber home after a friends 50th. I was only supposed to have a couple of drinks because I’d been unwell, but once the tap is turned on, I have no way of knowing what kind of night I’m going to have.
Or how much of it I’ll remember.
That was almost a year ago, and it took me another 8 months before I decided to quit for good.
I am finally able to admit that I don’t control my drinking and that it’s become so bad that stopping doesn’t worry me. It’s a huge relief.
I’m here to find my tribe, because I literally can’t think of a single person I know that doesn’t drink.
The tide of change is coming though. I think we are the early adapters of a cultural shift.
With so many new members on the back of the stuff article, I just wanted to mention books I found helpful when I was sober curious.
I suspect most new peeps here would have come across Lotta’s fantastic books ‘Mrs D is Going Without’ and ‘Mrs D is Going Within’. If you haven’t read them yet they are great reads.
I also loved ‘Dry’ by Augustine Burroughs, ‘Blackout’ by Sarah Hepola, ‘The Unexpected Joy of Being Sober’ by Catherine Grey & ‘Girl Walks Out of Bar’ by Lisa Smith. A firm favorite (I’ve read it three times!) is ‘The Sober Diaries’ by Clare Pooley. Many people here have great podcast recommendations also, but my podcast feed is too full with my murder obsessions…oh and the moon landing, anyone listened to 13 minutes to the moon? BBC podcast as the 50year anniversary is coming up on July 20th 👣🌒🚀