Hungover Australia

Many Australians will be waking up today, clutching their heads and feeling sorry for themselves, hungover, after a day of ‘celebrating’ this wonderful nation. Amid a global pandemic that’s affecting the lives and has taken the lives of many, it’s perhaps never felt more evident that we are ‘the lucky country’. We haven’t been untouchedContinue reading “Hungover Australia”

Change the message

With alcohol being so entrenched in Australian identity it’s difficult to realise that it’s providing no benefit to your life. In Australia, much like other western cultures, alcohol tends to go hand in hand with notions of celebration, commiseration and relaxation. We see everyone, from our sporting heroes to our politicians, with a drink inContinue reading “Change the message”

From athlete to daily drinker to sober life

Addiction is a weird thing and it’s only through hindsight that we can see how easy it can be to allow alcohol to get its claws stuck into us. Alcohol is so normalised in society. It’s all but expected that we drink. It‘s a bit scary being so open but if one person reads myContinue reading “From athlete to daily drinker to sober life”

Selling a way of life

10 years ago I ventured solo around Tasmania in the rental van you see in these pictures. The van was essentially a moving advertisement for the expectation of alcohol participation. I shudder to think about how I might feel when given this vehicle if I turned up at the rental place today, 10 years laterContinue reading “Selling a way of life”

Sober valentine

A week before Valentine’s Day last year I decided it was time to break up my rocky-unhealthy relationship with alcohol. On that fateful day, I knew wholeheartedly I would be where I am today. My love affair had travelled its course and it was time to sever all ties. I knew it wouldn’t be easyContinue reading “Sober valentine”

Sober dream

In 5 days I’ll be one year sober. ONE WHOLE YEAR! Rewind to the beginning of 2019, I was struggling to be one day sober. I’d start my days thinking I’d be strong, I’d wake up ‘knowing’, I wasn’t going to drink tonight! Then at some point in the day, as if some magnetic forceContinue reading “Sober dream”

Sober – how does it feel

Recently I hit 9 months sober. I decided to reflect on what I’ve observed about my sober self. Some of my observations are as follows: Things and people are not so annoying when I feel good, and if they are, I’m better equipped to deal with them. I get less frustrated – I’m never hungoverContinue reading “Sober – how does it feel”

Something that I used to be!

Alcoholic. It’s difficult for me to admit, but I would say yes, I was an alcoholic. It’s not quite 5 months since I gave up drinking once and for all but even this soon, I refuse to be defined by what I was. Labels are only useful if they’re helpful and personally – and IContinue reading “Something that I used to be!”

Your Authentic Self

It’s been 106 days since the last drop of alcohol swirled through my lips, across my taste buds and into my system. 105 days since I was left in a pit of despair with a horrible hangover and a world of self loathing for once again letting the demon liquid invade me. For years, alcoholContinue reading “Your Authentic Self”

Thirsty to fit in and be the best!

Alcohol has always been such a big part of Australian culture. Growing up, I remember ads showing ‘mates’ hanging out, throwing back some beers and having a great old time. This was sold to us as the ‘Aussie way’, and who in their right mind wouldn’t want to be a part of that! “For aContinue reading “Thirsty to fit in and be the best!”