Yesterday I had a whole day without alcohol and I am so very pleased! We went to a lunch party but alcohol wasn’t a massive part of it, and apart from someone offering to put a dram of whiskey in my soup (?!?), I didn’t feel that anyone was pushing the booze. I felt perfectly happy drinking fizzy water and lemon, and concentrating on the food and the chat. Normally, I’d have been seeking out the wine, so I was super-aware of not doing that.
Then in the evening, I made mocktails and drank those while cooking, and later, watching television, I drank lots of herbal tea. All quite humdrum, but that’s what got me through.
Clare Pooley’s book is really good, and very helpful. She’s amazing. She was on Woman’s Hour this morning, Radio 4 – she’s a legend!