I get many e-mails from readers who have been thinking about quitting drinking for a while, but haven't yet taken the plunge. They're waiting, they say, until after a big party, or a summer holiday, Christmas, or a particularly stressful period at work.
I get it. I prevaricated masterfully - for weeks, months, years even - before finally taking the plunge. (And then finally taking the plunge a second time!).
The truth is, it never feels like the right time. Much like having a baby. You never feel mature enough, sufficiently well off, at the 'right' point in your career. One day you just have to grit your teeth and.... jump.
There are always (we hope) going to be parties and holidays and stressful periods. That's the beauty of life. And one day, before too long, you'll find that all those things are better without the booze.
It will be very hard for a few weeks, and fairly hard for a few months, but what's a few months compared to the rest of your life?
(You don't let nine months of getting fatter and fatter, feeling sick and tired, being kicked from the inside and not drinking stop you having a baby, do you?)
But, having said all that, there is one particular time of year that I think is especially good for quitting.
It's not January. Too obvious. Every man and his dog is quitting booze in January, and we've never been ones to run with the pack, have we?
And January is a miserable month. It's cold and grey (unless you're reading this in Australia, obvs), you're broke and there's nothing to look forward to.
No, the very best time to stop drinking is: SEPTEMBER!
Lovely, lovely September. All newly polished school shoes, sharpened pencils and anticipation. The languid last gasp of summer.
It's a perfect time for a fresh start. And there are still more than three months until Christmas, so by the time you get there you'll have the hardest bit - the first 100 days - under your belt.
So, be a hero. Take the plunge. There'll never be a better time than today.
You are not alone. There are millions of people just like you, out here in the Soberverse.
To start with, check out my pages on Reasons to Quit Drinking and Advice for Newbies.
You can do it.
Love SM x