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”

Sober, not boring – An alcohol free drink review

When I quit drinking I concluded that my choice of beverages was limited to fizzy drinks, either packed with sugar or artificial sweeteners that leave a horrible aftertaste. My options seemed bleak; tea, which I love but didn’t want as my only option, water, also good but boring after a while and the occasional softContinue reading “Sober, not boring – An alcohol free drink review”

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!”

The Search for Freedom and Acceptance

Recently I came to realise, or I should say, I decided to consciously acknowledge that I’ve been a pretty consistent, often daily drinker for close to 20 years. Once an elite athlete, upon retirement from sport I allowed drinking to become a new past time. At first, I think it signified freedom. During my trainingContinue reading “The Search for Freedom and Acceptance”

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