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I wanted to go sober for a decade before I actually did it and part of the reason was the overwhelming feeling that I would be missing out if I stopped drinking alcohol.

I am on a mission to spread the word that sober is certainly not boring, in fact far from missing out on anything, you are free to truly enjoy life.

I was a nearly nightly bottle of wine drinker and had been since my 20's. When I became a mother, the pressure to cope with motherhood with 'wine o'clock' increased and it seemed like the most natural thing in the world to turn to a glass of wine or two (or three) at the end of the day to cope.

In my day job, I am a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist and Hypnotherapist and so I was finding a real incongruence with the advice I was giving other people and yet struggling myself behind closed doors.

In October 2022 I couldn't ignore my desire to go sober any longer and I began my sober journey. It wasn't a straightforward path though. Despite having all the tools I use in my clinic with other people and habit change I couldn't seem to get sobriety to stick.

I ended up stuck in a resetting loop for a couple of months and my mental health really suffered in that time.

It finally clicked for me and I worked out why I'd been sabotaging myself. I made the necessary mindset shifts and understood the blocks that I'd been placing in my way.

That was when I pieced together my experience in early sobriety and wrote a book to document it, alongside the tools and techniques that I use with clients in therapy to help with habit change and intrusive thoughts.


I didn’t think alcohol was affecting my health, in fact I’d even brag I didn’t get hangovers. I was so wrong and completely in denial.

I could go on and on about all the benefits of sobriety but here are the main things I’ve noticed…


  • 2 stone 10lb weight loss

  • resting heart rate 10bpm lower

  • visceral fat down 3 points (internal)

  • rosacea cleared up completely

  • no IBS flare ups AT ALL

  • no unexplained bruising

  • no mysterious aching in my mid and lower back

  • quality of sleep improved (tracked on Apple Watch)

  • cardio fitness vastly improved

  • hair is thicker and no longer falls out or snaps off

  • eyes are brighter

  • no bloating or water retention

  • improved mental health

  • reduced anxiety

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