Alcohol & Health: Hear from SBGC’s Sober Ashley.

In my introduction I mentioned that I had several reasons for choosing sobriety, one being my health. Though I’ve experienced a lot of illness in my childhood, my adult life was unmarked by sickness. In fact, from about 2012-2017, I didn’t have a single illness. But around June 2017, my health took a decline that I could not explain. The Almost Alcoholic I would characterize my drinking as “gray area” or almost alcoholism. This type of drinking differs from alcohol dependency because most people never experience withdrawals and it differs from alcohol abuse because most never face major consequences such…

Drunk Sex: Let’s Talk About It

I’ll be honest… real honest…I love drunk sex. It is fun, hot and riveting. I’ve experienced amazing orgasms and perform like a Pornhub pornstar when having sex while drunk. So it should be no surprise when I say I miss having drunk sex, terribly. Until my sobriety, I never understood how much alcohol played a role in my love and sex life. I also didn’t realize how scary intimacy is. Getting close to someone (while sober) is terrifying, and after my first sober sex experience, I am avoiding it at all cost. Sober sex, for me, is so damn uncomfortable….

Introducing SBGC’s Contributing Writer: Ashley

Who am I? My name is Ashley  and I am a practicing sobriety. My decision to practice sobriety was influenced by many things, but not by the belief that I am an alcoholic. Here’s an abbreviated version of my story, as I continue to write here I will dig deeper into specific events and experiences. My relationship with alcohol began at parties my freshman year of college. I loved feeling social, disinhibited and outgoing. For a few years my drinking, while not exactly healthy, was not problematic to me. Sure, I binged with my friends on the weekends, but I…

Social Drinkers, Problem Drinkers and Alcoholics- Where Do You Stand?

It took me a while to understand and accept that I had a problem with alcohol because I knew I wasn’t an alcoholic. To be politically correct I knew I didn’t have Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD). Until recently, I always believed that one was simply an alcoholic or not. I didn’t know the differences between social drinkers, problem drinkers and alcoholics. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) describes alcohol use disorder as “problem drinking that becomes severe.” According to NIAA, AUD is a chronic relapsing brain disease characterized by compulsive alcohol use, loss of control over alcohol…

5 Reasons To Become A Sober Black Girl- Even If You Don’t Have a Drinking Problem

I gave up drinking, and I am not a recovering alcoholic. I simply reached the point in my relationship with alcohol where it no longer served a purpose in my life. I drank to cope and after drinking, I often times felt emotional and sad. I would become moody and experience stomach cramps which would require an entire day to recover from.  I’ve tried to quit drinking in the past, but it never quite worked out. However, this past October I decided to give sobriety another chance, and even though it has been hard it has been very rewarding. I…