If lecturing you about the dangers of drinking was all it took to motivate you to quit, then you wouldn’t be reading this.
And personally, I much prefer talking about the benefits of alcohol-free living, because it’s such a lifestyle upgrade after all.
But the other day I had a conversation with one of my clients that I haven’t been able to stop thinking about.
So I’m covering this important topic in this week’s video…
The real worry
One of my Getting Unstuck students – who’s in long–term sobriety – recently said to me, “Looking back, I often wonder why I was so afraid of sobriety. I was never afraid to drink and face the consequences.”
I was exactly the same. I hardly even considered how scary it was to continue drinking. I glossed over those risks and put my time and energy into worrying about sobriety and how impossible it seemed. But the potential for bad things to happen is so much greater if you continue to use alcohol.
The risks of drinking
Most of us have done things whilst drinking that we regret. I can give you plenty of examples: walking home alone, losing keys, sending angry text messages, having an argument that you can’t remember the next day. I can go on: staying up drinking the night before an important presentation, embarrassing yourself in front of people you wanted to impress, flying to the other side of the world on holiday and seeing very little because you’re hungover. Falling over, risking your health, injuring someone you care about… the list is endless.
Your brain is tricking you
The only reason that drinking seems safer right now is because sobriety is an unknown quantity. Your brain likes certainty and alcohol feels relatively ‘safe’ and familiar compared to sobriety. But what I’m trying to show you is that drinking isn’t really safe at all. There are a heck of a lot of risks that come with drinking. You could be right around the corner from something bad happening. I’m not scaremongering here, but if you’re going to worry about anything, worry about the risks that alcohol poses. Don’t fear sobriety: there’s nothing to be scared of. If you quit booze, you really won’t regret it!
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