What I’ve learnt in a year of being sober – and a surprising list of celebrities who don’t drink

I’m lucky and I know it.  A year of sobriety in the bag. Lucky because I’ve come to my sobriety at a time when society’s view of alcohol is changing. The kids of today don’t drink. Many celebrities don’t drink #soberissexy, #soberiscool.

If it was any other way, I’d be screwed.

The kids teach us so much though, don’t they? Socially savvy teenagers with any brain at all are beginning to understand: Scenes of Hedonism on their social media accounts will affect their job prospects. They’re wise to it.

Clever cookies.

Possibly they’ve been bought up by parents who drink that bit too much. Put off by the days wasted in bed. Or worse; Being on the wrong end of a drunken violent binge. Our kids deserve better than that.

There’s so much information out there now about our food and drink – what’s in it and what it does our body. Our health is, mostly, down to ourselves. What we eat and drink has an effect on our mental, physical and emotional wellbeing.

A year ago I poured away what was left of a bottle of plonk and cried.  What I didn’t know is I’d get my life back. Free at last. Free from the depression and anxiety that had plagued me for two decades.



I have found a surprising number of health benefits after a year of sobriety:

  • Really feeling each emotion – good and bad – took mindfulness to the next level
  • No shame
  • No hangovers
  • Zero muzzy head
  • Better mood
  • Waking up with energy
  • Gratitude as standard
  • Able to drive. Anytime.
  • Anxiety and depression = zero
  • Able to relax – naturally.
  • Improved sleep
  • Lower risk of embarrassment
  • Fight or flight mode corrected
  • Better relationship with family.  We’re like the Kardashians!
  • Appreciation of good friends
  • Ability to make good decisions… Most of the time.
  • Being present with the kids
  • Less migraines
  • Wrinkles reduced – better than botox
  • Hydration improved
  • So. Much. Fun.

The health benefits list is long. I could go on and on.


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There is a growing number of celebrities who are choosing to shun the booze too; JLo,  Kim K,  Blake Lively, Davina McCall, Tyra Banks, 50 Cent…  the list goes on and on.  Demi Lovato said this on Twitter after celebrating her 6th year booze free:

So grateful for another year of joy, health and happiness. It IS possible. 🙏🏼”

I don’t know if I’ll drink again in all honesty.  Like J-Lo I may sip some champagne as a toast – or I may not.

A year of sobriety has taught me so much.

It’s the best time to be sober.





4 thoughts on “What I’ve learnt in a year of being sober – and a surprising list of celebrities who don’t drink”

  1. Sober is the way to go! There are so many benefits of not boozing or getting high. This list is great for people thinking about going sober for good. Thanks for sharing!#soberbadassery 🙂

  2. Yes yes a million times yes! Alcohol was part of me for so long – my friend, my crutch, my safety, my celebration or commiseration partner, my confidence and my identity. After giving it up and beginning a journey of self improvement I couldn’t believe how wrong I’d been. I NEEDED the alcohol for those things because it took them away in the first place. (OK maybe I was always shy and lacking in confidence but the alcohol definitely didn’t help and instead drove my confidence down to rock bottom).

    Like you, I’m one of the lucky ones who escaped and I feel my life started at 30. I come from a long line of alcoholics so I feel truly lucky to have taken control of my fate. Going to head over to Tailwind Tribes and share this for Pinterest now!

  3. Ahhhh bless you Sally! So great to hear your story too, and like so many of us coming out of the binge drinking culture in the UK, we can really see the light at the end of the tunnel now. We’re becoming more self aware and aware of the need to protect our bodies and mental health. I need to see alcohol linked to depression and anxiety because I’m still not seeing that connection. When I went to the dr with post natal depression they didn’t ask how much I drank or even informed me that drinking (even a glass a week) would contribute to negative mental health. So glad to hear you’re strong again and more importantly completely YOURSELF 100% of the time! WOOHOO! X

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