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The Unexpected Joy of Being Sober Journal

Catherine Gray

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Self-help & personal development

From the bestselling author of The Unexpected Joy of Being Sober

Ever sworn off alcohol for a month and found yourself drinking by the 7th?

Think there's 'no point' in just one drink?

Welcome!

Quitting drinking, whether for a month or for life, is enormously satisfying, but also fiendishly difficult.

-There's the getting started ('But I have that party next week!')
-There's the feeling clenched and socially anxious.
-Throw in a sizeable amount of social pressure and suspicious questions ('So, do you have a drinking problem?'
-Finally, chuck in the hundreds of pro-drinking messages we see every day; films where a round of shots always comes with a whoop; fridge magnets that say 'I don't trust people who don't drink'; pub clapboards announcing 'Strong people need strong drinks'; and memes declaring 'Beer: it's a holiday in a glass.'

Whew. It's no wonder we find it tricky to stay teetotal. But don't worry. We're going to tackle all of the above. I'm going to give you tools that enable you to clear all of these stumbling blocks with the grace of a gazelle.

So, let's get started, shall we?

PRAISE FOR CATHERINE GRAY'S WRITING:

"An icon of the Quit Lit movement." Conde Nast Traveller

"Fascinating." Bryony Gordon.

"Not remotely preachy." The Times

"Jaunty, shrewd and convincing." The Telegraph

"Admirably honest, light, bubbly and remarkably rarely annoying." The Guardian

"Truthful, modern and real." Stylist

"Brave, witty and brilliantly written." Marie Claire

"Haunting, admirable and enlightening." The Pool

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Catherine Gray

Catherine Gray is a Sunday Times Bestselling author of five books, including The Unexpected Joy of Being Sober. She's sold over a quarter of a million books in English-speaking territories, her work has been published in the likes of Stylist, Marie Claire, The Lancet Psychiatry and the Guardian, and her books have been translated into nine languages. In 2018, Catherine founded charitable campaign Sober Spring, a three-month sabbatical from alcohol, and she now runs it with Alcohol Change UK, for whom she is an ambassador. She's been sober since 2013. Catherine lives in Hove and when not writing she enjoys falling off a paddleboard, giving her plants names like 'Cassandra' and 'Miguel', and spamming Instagram with pictures of dogs.

Twitter.com/cathgraywrites
Instagram.com/unexpectedjoyof

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