Episode 55: The One About Alcohol
What a strange thing, to realise that for over a year you’ve not drunk a drop of alcohol. You haven’t missed it, you didn’t plan this but here you are a year onand very happily enjoying life. Well that’s exactly what happened to this week’s guest and Rachel was curious to find out more.
Dr Giles P Croft is back to chat with Rachel about his experiences following a revolutionary read he was recommended. You might remember Giles from episode 46, where he talked about how as humans, we naturally default to happiness.
Well, one of our other default settings can lead us to distractions when our thinking is crowded or overwhelming, and yes – you guessed it, alcohol is one of the biggest tools people in high stress jobs use to self soothe and take our thinking offline.
Rachel points out that our culture and societal norms sit very heavily in the drinking space. We’ve been raised with images and impressions that alcohol is a cure-all. ad day? Alcohol. Something to celebrate? Alcohol! End of the day? Alcohol!
No wonder we don’t always pay conscious attention to the impact of alcohol on our lives. For many people, the periods of abstinence from alcohol often come in the forms of national events such as Dry January and Stoptober. Giles suggests that these timed abstinences can create a huge build up to the return of alcohol to our lives which a non-timed period away from alcohol doesn’t create (how many friends have you heard counting down the last days of January with a huge desire for that first sip of wine/beer/G&T?).
The book that created such huge paradigm shifts around alcohol for first Giles and then Rachel is This Naked Mind by Annie Grace. Yes the damage that alcohol causes to our health factors in the book, but more importantly, this is about busting the other myths that mists of alcohol have settled in your mind.
Giles explores some of the ways we can learn to listen to ourselves when we might normally and instinctively turn to alcohol. Switching off our thinking isn’t something we’re used to doing, but reaching for a drink as a tool to switch it off is much more ingrained in us. Discovering the power and capability you have within yourself when you learn this art can be an enlightening experience – as Giles testifies!
If you feel alcohol is causing problems in your life, then please get help. There are services listed in the resources below.