I am a booze hound.
Ever since university I’ve struggled with alcohol.
Not starting the day with a swig of gin.
But definitely drinking every day.
And drinking more than I’d like.
Oh and the hangovers.
We don’t need to go into them.
Having a 5 year career detour as a wine maker didn’t help.
But there’s a happy end to this story!
And even better it doesn’t involve me cutting out drinking completely.
I’ve tried that. It didn’t work for the long term.
I’ve actually found a way to enjoy a glass of wine with a meal and leave it at that.
To feel completely satisfied. In control.
And completely hangover-free!
I know. I can hardly believe I’m writing this.
How I Tamed My Biggest Vice
1. Planning Alcohol in Advance
The first strategy I adopted after listening to Brooke Castillo’s podcast on how to Stop Over-Drinking.
It’s a simple yet incredibly powerful tool.
The idea is to decide exactly what and how much you’re going to drink before you start drinking.
When you’re cool and calm and remember the concept of things like hangovers.
It made a massive, massive difference.
2. Adopting ‘Personal Rules’
Personal rules are a concept I’ve used to make and keep positive changes in my life.
They’ve helped my coaching clients too.
Basically it’s creating ‘guidelines’ for yourself so you don’t need to make decisions in the moment.
Here are the rules I use for alcohol:
1. ‘I don’t start drinking until I’m sitting at the table with a meal’
2. ‘I plan my alcohol in advance’.
3. ‘I only have one glass’.
And I haven’t looked back.
3. Managing My Self Talk
Sure there are times I’ve thought ‘I’d like another glass’.
But then I remind myself that ‘the second one never tastes as good’.
And ‘I always feel better when I stick to one’.
Then it’s easy to stop and have a cup of tea, kombucha or sparkling water instead.
I can say with joy in my heart, I’m NOT a booze hound any more.
I AM someone who enjoys drinking wine with a meal once a week or less.
Without over-doing it.
What about you?
Is alcohol something you struggle with? Is there anything here you think might be helpful for your situation?
I’d love to hear about it in the comments below :)
Have fun at the dining table (with just 1 glass of wine)!
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