Updated: May 18, 2022
BBC Journalist and founder of The Sober Club Janey Lee Grace is, by far my biggest inspiration when it comes to being dry. Janey (whom I was lucky enough to interview for this piece), started out like me: 'Dry January is over - but what's the point of starting to drink again'. While I'm still to read Janey's book "Happy, Healthy, Sober", her amazing podcast "Alcohol Free Life" recently reached 1 million downloads. To mark the event, Janey posted on social media "Wow! 1 million downloads! Yes, I'm still on about it, thank you for your support".
It clearly was a celebratory post, yet the words 'still on about it' somehow made me sad. I believe many of my followers secretly (or openly) think "Is she still on about that AF stuff?". My hope is that, one day, those like me who choose an Alcohol-free lifestyle will be unapologetically sober. Rolled eyes will be a thing of the past - as will judging a choice that is so evidently healthy. We will get there one day. AF is not a temporary trend. It's a movement.