Why do you like to drink and why it’s an important question to ask?

Last week I wrote about how powerful it was for me to write a list of all the reasons why I wanted to take back control of my drinking.

Why was it so important?

Because it confirmed to me that I needed to make a change to the way I was drinking.

It made me realise that I didn’t have to hit ‘rock bottom’ (whatever that is) to decide to take back control.

I also found the list helpful whenever I questioned whether my drinking really was ‘that bad’.

However, there was a second and equally important step in this ‘Why?’ exercise – listing all the reasons I liked to drink.

I was asking these questions because I had a love/hate relationship with alcohol – I liked a drink but I didn’t like what it was doing to me.

My ‘why I like to drink’ list

The reasons that I listed for why I liked to drink included:

  • De-stress from a busy life
  • Socialise
  • Enjoy a holiday
  • Calm down when upset, angry or frustrated
  • Relax on the weekend or the end of a difficult day
  • Loosen up my inhibitions and have fun
  • When celebrating

In a nutshell I drank during the good, the bad and the ugly times!

Listing all the reasons that I liked to drink was important in helping me to dig into my thoughts and beliefs around alcohol.

Only then could I begin to change my mindset which was key to me getting to the stage where I now have a take-it-or-leave-it attitude to drinking.

After years of trying (and failing) to moderate it was the mindset shift, as well as educating myself on alcohol, that finally worked for me.

I now use that approach with my coaching clients and in my soon-to-be-launched online program.

Upcoming free webinar

A few weeks ago I hosted a free webinar: Three steps I took to gain back control of my drinking … without using willpower.

I’ve had enquiries from people who couldn’t make that session so I’m hosting an encore presentation on Thursday 23 June at 7pm.

If you’re interested, you can click here to find out more and to register (it’s free, private and completely confidential).

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