So­bri­ety comes with a side or­der of smug­ness

The Daily Telegraph - - Bryony Gordon | Financial Solutions -

MADD – or Midlife Anx­i­ety Drink­ing Disor­der – is a phe­nom­e­non that was de­tailed on these pages yes­ter­day by well­be­ing ex­pert and journalist Louise Chunn, who noted that Nigella Law­son’s de­ci­sion to cut back on al­co­hol due to the anx­i­ety it caused was in­creas­ingly com­mon in peo­ple over the age of 40.

But, then, it’s also be­com­ing in­creas­ingly com­mon in those un­der 40, with statis­tics re­leased this week show­ing that around 30per cent of young peo­ple in Eng­land are tee­to­tal.

You all know that I am sober, no al­co­hol hav­ing touched my lips for over 400 days now. What’s that glow around me? Yes, it’s the un­mis­tak­able light one has when they get to be un­bear­ably smug be­cause of their so­bri­ety.

It is Sober Oc­to­ber, and the ques­tion friends ask is: what do you do in the even­ing when you’re not drink­ing? The an­swer is: noth­ing. Like Nigella, who ad­mit­ted this week that she goes to bed at 7.30pm, I am a mas­sive ad­vo­cate for crawl­ing into bed with a book and a le­mon and gin­ger tea. It may seem bor­ing, but when han­govers give you an ex­is­ten­tial cri­sis on an al­most daily ba­sis, bor­ing is best.

Big de­ci­sion: af­ter al­co­hol caused anx­i­ety, Nigella Law­son cut the booze

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