'Stone cold sober.'
Sounds horrible, doesn't it? Hard, icy. Brrrrr. No bloody ta.
However, as the millions who choose to stay sober now know, the propaganda around drinking and sobriety is wonky. Sober doesn't feel stony, or cold.
Retired wreckhead Catherine Gray, author of surprise bestseller The Unexpected Joy of Being Sober, is now in her eighth sober year and has learnt a damn sight more.
This hotly anticipated sequel enlists the help of experts and case studies, turning a curious, playful gaze onto provocative questions. Is alcohol a parenting aid? Why are booze and cocaine such a horse and carriage? Once an addict, always an addict? How do you feel safe - from alcohol, others and yourself - in sobriety?
Whether you're a dedicated boozehound, flirting with teetotalling, or already sober, this witty, gritty read may just change how you think about alcohol forever.
Praise for The Unexpected Joy of Being Sober:
'Fascinating' - Bryony Gordon
'Truthful, modern and real' - Stylist
'Brave, witty and brilliantly written' - Marie Claire
'Gray's tale of going sober is uplifting and inspiring' - The Evening Standard
'Not remotely preachy' - The Times
'Jaunty, shrewd and convincing' - The Telegraph
'Admirably honest, light, bubbly and remarkably rarely annoying' - The Guardian
'An empathetic, warm and hilarious tale from a hugely likeable human' - The Lancet Psychiatry
Catherine Gray is an award-winning writer and editor who has been featured in the Guardian, Stylist, the Telegraph, Grazia, The Lancet Psychiatrist, Mr & Mrs Smith, BBC Earth, Women's Health, Stella, T2, Private Eye, Woman's Hour and BBC Breakfast. Catherine's hit debut, The Unexpected Joy of Being Sober, was a Sunday Times top 10 bestseller. Since then she has published The Unexpected Joy of Being Sober Journal and the critically acclaimed Unexpected Joy of Being Single and The Unexpected Joy of The Ordinary. When she's not writing, Catherine can generally be found taking twenty (identical) pictures of the sunset, wondering why she's always the sweatiest person in yoga, fighting her 'spend it all!' financial urges, or scanning the body language of strangers to see if it's OK to pet their dog.