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John McMahon and Lou LewisLou and John are a married couple.  John married Lou (a widow) in 2008.  Both have experienced drinking problems in previous relationships and bring this knowledge to the website and the associated seminars and workshops.  

Between them they have, if not an unique experience then certainly a highly appropriate background.  Lou is a counsellor with a private practice.  She also has first-hand experience of alcohol abuse and its effects in her own family.  John has now been clean and sober since 1984 and has been involved in teaching and organising treatment for almost as long.

Below is a brief introduction to the authors but you will discover much more about them inside the member's section as you interact with them.


Lou Lewis

Lou is a classically trained musician, a graduate of the Royal College of Music, London.  She is a singer / songwriter who has made 7 albums and toured the UK, USA and South Africa giving concerts and workshops. 

Her autobiography, No Easy Answers, was a moving and revealing book described as "Giving hope to those suffering from deep emotional problems and encouragement to friends who try to help them." and was frequently used as a reference book for counsellors.

Currently Lou has her own flourishing counselling practice where she sees clients with a variety of issues, including relationship problems.


John McMahon

John is a PhD in psychology.  He has practised as a therapist and has designed and run treatment programs for addiction problems. Until recently he was lead author of and senior lecturer on the largest Master's level course on alcohol and drugs in the UK.  This course was designed for addiction counsellors, psychologists and GP's. 

He has carried out research, mainly on behaviour change in addictive behaviours and binge drinking, and has published widely and spoken at many conferences, both national and international.

More recently he designed and built an award winning self-help website for people with drinking problems - 24/7 Help Yourself

John has been clean and sober for over 30 years now, but had a severe substance abuse problem.

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