In my drinking days, I used to open a bottle for all kinds of reasons.
Sometimes I’d drink because I wanted to feel less stressed. At other times I’d knock back a glass to help pep me up and get me into party mode. And then there were the days I drank to chill out and go to sleep.
But when you really think about it… how can one liquid do all those different things? How can it provide all those different services?
I think the idea that alcohol can do everything is a lie – and that’s exactly what today’s video is about.
A multi-purpose pill?
Can you imagine if your doctor prescribed a pill and said you could take it for any reason in any situation? It didn’t matter whether you wanted to relax and unwind, liven up, have fun or chill out – one pill would do everything you wanted. You’d be sceptical, right? And yet that’s exactly what we expect alcohol to do.
How can a liquid do one thing on one day… and then provide a completely different service for you on another? How does it know? It doesn’t! Alcohol wasn’t even invented in a high-tech, state-of-the-art science lab. It’s just a crude, toxic poison that’s been around for centuries.
What’s really happening
Our minds are incredibly powerful. We have thoughts about booze that lead us to project qualities onto alcohol that simply aren’t there. When everyone around you drinks – and believes that one liquid can do everything they need it to – it makes sense that we believe it too. We then subconsciously collect evidence that supports that belief.
If you’re struggling to quit drinking, the chances are there’s something you believe alcohol does for you. Maybe you’re not ready to drop that belief yet… but perhaps you can agree that it’s a bit strange that we expect one drug to perform such a wide variety of jobs?
Talking of drugs…
Imagine your doctor prescribed you something that came with the following side effects: headaches, sickness, lethargy, insomnia, bloating, dizziness and a red face (to name just a few). How would you feel? Pretty disappointed I expect!
You’d probably research the drug and take careful note of the side effects you experience, to decide whether it was worth it. Perhaps you’d go back to your doctor to complain and ask for something different? We have such high standards in other areas – so why not apply them to alcohol too?
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