Sobriety comes with a side order of smugness
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