The PIG Issue

I was watching a programme recently about micro-pigs that turned out not to be so micro after all and were wrecking their owners’ homes and lives as they turned into full-on piggies far better suited to an acre of mud and woodland than a domestic home, however adored they were. It rang bells for me. By the time I stopped drinking it did sometimes feel like I was living with an out of control animal that was wrecking my life. I didn’t have an overgrown micropig but my out of control animal was definitely a PIG – a Problem of Instant Gratification around my use of alcohol.

Busting the Stress-Buster Myth around Alcohol

I’ve been revisiting a great book this week thanks to a friend who has just discovered it. Called, “Kick the Drink Easily“ it's by Jason Vale, (better known these days for his books on juicing and nutrition) and makes a fascinating read. There's a section in the book...

Drinking – is it finally becoming the new smoking?

I was surprised and pleased to see a headline about drinking alcohol on the front page of The Guardian Friday last week which said: “Drinking will shorten your life, study finds”.   Let me clarify.  I wasn’t surprised by the headline finding at all. To be honest,...

Complacency

I've proved I can stop. An odd one here and there isn't going to hurt, is it? That's not complacency! Of all the lies we tell ourselves, this is the one I hear most often when I’m talking with people about drinking.   It fascinates me that, by and large, we accept...

How I ditched alcohol

Seven years ago in March, I stopped drinking alcohol and every year I celebrate my latest soberversary. (Yes it’s a thing!) One of the most frequent questions I get is “How? How did you stop and make it stick?”  (I get asked why a lot too but that’s a very separate...