What is blackout?

Alcoholic blackouts I talk about my relationship with alcohol a lot. It’s my job. I run projects with young people about it. I meet people, and when asked what I do, end up talking about alcohol. I’m at a party, and it more often than not comes up. I talk about those moments I regret…

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Working Behind a Bar Sober

Working behind a bar sober There was something infinitely attractive about working behind a bar. When I was younger, bar staff always carried a whiff of cool. After all, they were the gatekeepers to fun. The gatekeepers to my cool, witty, confidence self. When I turned 23 I got a job working in a concert…

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Enjoying a festival sober

Being sober at a festival Being searched I’d forgotten about sniffer dogs. Strolling into Victoria Park last Sunday, my annoyance peaked pretty quickly when a security guard pulled me aside as part of a line-up. And while I knew I didn’t have drugs, I couldn’t help but think…. do I? It sets the tone, when…

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Festival season with less alcohol

Love festivals, sober or not I love festivals. When I was 24 I got a freelance ‘job’ writing for a music magazine. I didn’t get paid, but there were perks, Press Pass in hand (see photo of said me rather smug looking). Though, to be fair it mostly consisted of me going to music events,…

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Broken beer bottle graffiti

You needn’t be religious to quit for Lent “Well because there is a supportive culture of abstinence around in Lent that makes it a bit easier. That means you can go to a party and say you’re not drinking because it’s Lent, and no-one will say “Oh go on, just one”. They might think, “I…

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