Wondering if alcohol is taking more than it is giving?

If you’re worried about your drinking – which I’m guessing you are if you’re reading this – then you’re probably trying to cut back or quit altogether.

I can’t remember exactly when I started to question my drinking, it was more like a growing realisation that my regular white wine habit wasn’t doing me any favours.

  • I wasn’t sleeping well
  • My hangovers were worse (another curse of ageing!)
  • My peri-menopause symptoms were worse when I drank
  • It impacted my fitness
  • I couldn’t shift extra weight no matter how well I ate

And the list goes on …

Getting sober curious

Simply cutting back wasn’t as easy as I expected it to be. (I later learned that there are a lot of reasons why that’s the case.)

So, I started getting curious about WHY I was drinking.

For example, I really believed that wine helped me to take the edge off and unwind from the stresses of life.

I also believed that there was NO WAY that I could socialise or go on holidays or relax on a weekend without a drink.

When I realised that alcohol wasn’t helping me do any of those things (in fact, it was doing the opposite), I started to question some long-held beliefs around drinking.

I became sober curious.

The term was coined by author Ruby Warrington, who in her book Sober Curious, asked the simple question: “Would life be better without alcohol?”

It made me change the way I thought about it.

“Do I WANT to experience what life is like without alcohol?”

Instead of:

“Do I NEED to stop drinking?”

It led me to realise all the benefits of ditching the booze, some of which I wrote about in this blog.

What if I don’t want to give up alcohol?

Of course, you may not want to stop drinking altogether.

That’s alright.

I work with people who want to cut back on their drinking as well as those who want to stop.

They all have a similar goal though, which is to have a take-it-or-leave it approach to drinking.

Either way, becoming curious about the deep-seated beliefs you have about drinking (i.e. getting sober curious) will help you gain back control. I

f you want support to change the way you drink (whether that’s to cut back or stop altogether) feel free to book in a free discussion call.

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