Setting Concrete

7th April 2018 Woop, excited, guys! I’m sat on a train into central London with Husband and Mr. Nearly 13. We are going to see the Royal Opera House’s production of Coraline, based on that super-freaky kid’s film from a few years ago, where the little girl gets invited through a hole in the wall…

Losing the blogging self-consciousness

I feel self-conscious about this blogging business. The very act of blogging is like saying, “I HAVE SOMETHING VERY IMPORTANT TO SAYYYY!”. Old, drinking, self-hating me would say, “Stay in your box, little girl. You have nothing of worth to say” (isn’t it amazing how we talk to ourselves? Imagine talking to your child like…

Welcome to Ultraviolet Sobriety!

Thanks for joining me! Pretty darn excited that you’re here. I have started this blog to celebrate the approaching first birthday of my sobriety (26th April 2018 – Happy birthday to meeeee!). I’d like to share my ongoing recovery from alcohol abuse and – more importantly – my wide-eyed exploration of sober life. Which is…

I failed* at Dry January 2017 but now I’m 9 months sober

[Originally posted 20th January 2018] #DryJanuary has become such a ‘thing’, that yesterday I caught a luxury Scottish hotel using this hashtag in an Instagram post advertising drinking #champagne and #celebrating because #itstheweekend with a beautiful inviting picture of two flutes of bubbly at a decadently laid table. “Why are you using the ‘Dry January…

The Silence of the Drinkers

[Originally published 24th December 2017] I’ll put my hands up and admit that if you say the word ‘addict’ to me, I can’t help thinking of hollow-eyed, emaciated criminals diving into toilets after suppositories, zombie babies on ceilings and people sleeping on mattresses on a dirty floor. Say the word ‘alcoholic’ to me, and I…