When I tell people I’ve gone sober, the first thing I get is comments like, “Oh, I'm sorry, I didn’t realise you had a problem”.
There’s an immediate assumption that to turn sober, someone must have struggled with alcohol.
It blows my mind that drinking culture is so ingrained in us that only someone who’s got a problem with it would choose to stop drinking it. But it is possible to be sober and do so by choice, not necessity.
I made the decision as a new year's resolution for myself, so we’re 10 weeks in, and it's been such a transformative experience. I really felt that alcohol did not serve me.
I was never a big drinker, but over the holiday period I noticed that every time I had a few champagnes, the impact on my mental health was evident. I started getting the dreaded “hangxiety” where I would worry and panic over small things and just not start the day on the right foot.
Watch: Some of the effects after one year without drinking alcohol. Story continues after video.
As a mother, I felt in some ways like I was behind the eight ball with my boys, and would feel guilty and just not good enough.
These feelings were shifting my outlook, and to be honest, the fun of drinking didn't outweigh how I felt the next day.
I started researching all I could about sobriety, and was surprised to find a whole list of celebrities who have adopted this way of life without ever having drinking problems.