A WOMAN who cut a tiny amount of alcohol out of her life has discovered that being a self-righteous goody-goody is a much better buzz.
During ‘Sober October’, Francesca Johnson has replaced her usual three or four glasses of wine a month with the pleasurable effects of lecturing other people about their drinking.
Johnson, 35, said: “The hit of pure smugness that enters my bloodstream when I put my hand over my glass as a friend tries to pour me some wine is far better than booze.
“I particularly enjoy telling people they should be able to enjoy themselves without alcohol, then watching their faces as they worry about having a drink problem and realise I am better than them.
“Sober October has been a challenge, definitely. It’s been hard to give up the miniscule amount of red wine I drink to not look like the total control freak that I am.
During her month of increased sobriety, Johnson has even given up the overpriced organic Shiraz from Waitrose she only buys to impress people.
Husband Ian said: “After spending a month totally sober with Francesca lecturing me about how much healthier I must feel I’m thinking of doing ‘Bender November’.”