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harmful effects of drinking

The joys of a wee drinky-poo!

Perhaps alcohol helps you get through the day. Just knowing that when you finally come home and kick off your heels (metaphorically speaking), you can enjoy a glass of wine and unwind. Is this you?

A drink help you to:

  • rid yourself of the stresses and strains of the day, you feel yourself melt into a warm and hazy sense of floating euphoria  
  • to muster some of that inner sparkle at parties or social gatherings, a sparkle that you really did not think you had left in you after a grueling week with the kids and work

…. thanks to your friend alcohol you manage to smile and shine and laugh with your friends. You may be alcohol dependent

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If you are a creative freelancer, the temptation to have a drink during the day can become a serious problem. Working by yourself, you need a lot of self-control and self-awareness to abstain from this temptation. Perhaps drinking helps you to be more creative or muddle through your plot or project. This is only a short term solution and you know it. The harmful effects of dependency on alcohol far outweigh any short-term benefits and gratification.

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The harmful effects of a wee drinky poo

This alleged friend of yours does not come alone though. He has a friend of his own. Mr Hangover and he can be a real killer sometimes. Mr Hangover ruins your entire day. Making you shout at the children and your partner, making you unfocused at work. Making you forgetful. And Mr Hangover also comes with a friend. He’s can Mr Depletion. Mr Depletion literally depletes your body of all the energy resources because you can no longer absorb the nutrients your body needs.

  • Too much alcohol is starving your body of essential nutrients
  • You are unable to move forwards as you hide in the haze
  • Drink dependency fuels your anxiety by suppressing your real emotions
  • Increased risk of liver, heart and other diseases
  • There is an increased risk of mental health problems: e.g. depression, stress
  • The aging rate of the body’s systems is accelerate.

You can start with this simple phrase:

“I really want a drink, but I really don’t want….:
(here comes your list of reasons why you hate drinking, e.g. liver disease, headaches, failure).”

3. Beat it – Repetition and reward. Another step in retraining your brain. Luckily alcohol comes with its own HATE ME features. Such as pounding headaches, feeling of nausea, empty bank accounts, memory loss, embarrassing moments on the dance floor and so on. In the final stage you need to instigate change sin your life. It may be distancing yourself from toxic/negative people and influences in your life, training for a new career, moving location or simply smaller changes like more exercises, improved diet, more self-care.

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Start the momentum, climb up to your podium

You have to take that first step to get to the next step, to get to the next step on your climb up to the top. You need momentum to keep propelling you up and up, on and on.

Each day without drink has to be seen as an achievement, especially during the first days of detox. You need to reward yourself.

Part of your Reward Program can be simply monitoring the benefits of giving up.

You can start with this simple phrase:

“I really want a drink, but I really don’t want….:
(here comes your list of reasons why you hate drinking, e.g. liver disease, headaches, failure).”

3. Beat it – Repetition and reward. Another step in retraining your brain. Luckily alcohol comes with its own HATE ME features. Such as pounding headaches, feeling of nausea, empty bank accounts, memory loss, embarrassing moments on the dance floor and so on. In the final stage you need to instigate change sin your life. It may be distancing yourself from toxic/negative people and influences in your life, training for a new career, moving location or simply smaller changes like more exercises, improved diet, more self-care.

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Reward Program

  • Weigh yourself at the beginning and each day see how much weight you have lost or didn’t put on.
  • Take a photo of yourself the day you stop and another after a week to see how your skin has improved.
  • Set up a savings account the day you stop and set up an automatic transfer for every day at the amount you would have spent on alcohol, watch it tot up! Do not enter the amount yourself every day otherwise this will remind you of drink – just check the balance in your savings when you want encouragement or cheering up.
  • Make an inspiration board. Print out photos of great holidays, places you want to go see, you when you were looking “hot”, your children (preferably smiling) and anything else that inspires you or makes you smile (art, cute animals, plants, architecture, cars, anything). You can this on your phone or computer if you prefer to keep it private.
  • Keep a diary of the changes you have noticed, just bullet points, like, “Dinner was delicious, so much better than a salty take-out”, “Didn’t feel tired today”, “Didn’t feel tearful”, “I felt more confident”, “Totally crushed it at the gym”, “Felt pleased with myself”, “Watched a movie and remembered the ending”, “Started reading again, loving it!”.

These “rewards” will help you keep up the momentum.

You must also feel proud of yourself when you have “survived” a craving. When you can look back and think: “Normally I would have had a drink then.” You need to say well done to yourself. Be proud. It is a good feeling. Remember to stack up those pros and positivity against the cons and negativity.

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Drink is not your crutch, it is your ball and chain.

You may have felt liberated, or more confident when you drank but then you needed more and more to get that feeling. After a while that feeling of lightheaded bliss was no longer achievable and you just kept drinking out of habit hoping it would all go away and something or someone will miraculously come and save you. Well, I’ve  got news for you: you’re the one that has come to miraculously save yourself!

Why can’t it be you that achieves the impossible? Why can’t you play the superhero or knight in shining armour? It’s your life. Be the star in it.

An inspirational self help guide for women in their 30s and 40s: How to Give up Drinking and be Part of the World Again

You can purchase this effective guide either in paperback or download the FREE AUDIO.

Click below. What are you waking for. Release your inner power. Throw off the heavy cloak of alcohol-induced stupor. Be part of the world again!

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