In my recent interview with Annie Grace on the This Naked Mind podcast we talked about how I spent years trying to moderate my drinking until finally, after using her approach, I decided to take a break.
I learned more about how alcohol worked in my brain and body (spoiler alert – it’s addictive!) and began to understand the true reasons why I drank.
I started to think about drinking in a whole new way and made me realise that I could take a break from drinking without feeling deprived or that I was missing out.
Would life be better?
In the interview Annie asked what advice I would give my former self – the one who was trying and failing to moderate.
My response was:
“Instead of asking the question is it (my drinking) bad enough, ask the question: ‘would life be better without alcohol?’”
“The negatives that you think you’ll experience like missing out or being unable to socialise or take the edge off – none of these are true.”
“But you won’t know for sure if you don’t give it a go.”
Do I have to give up forever?
A lot of my coaching clients are worried that they’ll have to commit to giving up forever and that is too daunting.
It certainly was for me which is why I encourage people to do it as an experiment.
For me, I committed to a three-month break to see if it made a difference (another spoiler alert: it did!).
This is how I explained it in the podcast episode:
“It’s your choice whether you drink or not.”
“Don’t you want it to be your choice – a choice that comes from felling empowered, rather than you feel that you’re disempowered which most people feel when they’re in that place?”
If you want to take a break from drinking, or simply cut back, and are finding it difficult feel free to reach out to me to find out about the support I provide:
Book in for a free 30-minute discussion call where I can explain how it works