THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER
'Not remotely preachy' - The Times
'Jaunty, shrewd and convincing' - Sunday Telegraph
'Admirably honest, light, bubbly and remarkably rarely annoying.' - Alice O'Keeffe, Guardian
'Truthful, modern and real' - Stylist
'Brave, witty and brilliantly written' - Marie Claire
Ever sworn off alcohol for a month and found yourself drinking by the 7th? Think there's 'no point' in just one drink? Welcome! There are millions of us. 64% of Brits want to drink less.
Catherine Gray was stuck in a hellish whirligig of Drink, Make horrible decisions, Hangover, Repeat. She had her fair share of 'drunk tank' jail cells and topless-in-a-hot-tub misadventures.
But this book goes beyond the binges and blackouts to deep-dive into uncharted territory: What happens after you quit drinking? This gripping, heart-breaking and witty book takes us down the rabbit-hole of an alternative reality. A life with zero hangovers, through sober weddings, sex, Christmases and breakups.
In The Unexpected Joy of Being Sober, Catherine Gray shines a light on society's drink-pushing and talks to top neuroscientists and psychologists about why we drink, delving into the science behind what it does to our brains and bodies.
Much more than a tale from the netherworld of addicted drinking, this book is about the escape, and why a sober life can be more intoxicating than you ever imagined. Whether you're a hopelessly devoted drinker, merely sober-curious, or you've already ditched the drink, you will love this book.
'Haunting, admirable and enlightening' - The Pool
'A riveting, raw, yet humorous memoir with actionable advice.' -Annie Grace, author of This Naked Mind
'Like listening to your best friend teach you to be sober. Lighthearted but serious, it's packed with ideas, tools, tips and, most importantly, reasons for living a sober life.'- Eric Zimmer, host of podcast The One You Feed
'Gray's fizzy writing succeeds in making this potentially boring-as-hell subject both engaging and highly seductive' - The Bookseller
'Her exquisitely crafted thoughts on the joys of being sober are not only deeply honest and pragmatic, but she manages to infuse tons of humor. This is a delightful, informative, and compelling read for all those who are sober or seeking sobriety.' - Sasha Tozzi, Huffington Post
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About the Author
Catherine Gray is an award-winning writer and author of five books, including Sunday Times Bestseller The Unexpected Joy of Being Sober. 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 2017, Catherine founded charitable campaign Sober Spring, a three-month sabbatical from alcohol, and she 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.
Table of Contents
I The Nightcrawling Netherworld 19
II Learning To Be Sober 59
III Nature, Rather Than Nightclubs 93
IV Being Nicer 113
V Socializing Sober 129
VI The Booze-Free Body And Brain 165
VII Dating And Sex 179
VIII Rolling With The Punches Without Drinking 193
IX Unplugging From The Alcohol Matrix 201
X Boozehounds Debunked 223
XI Choose Your Own Sober Adventure 237