One Compelling Reason isn't Enough to Change your Drinking

The Alcohol Minimalist Podcast

25-08-2021 • 22 mins


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Low risk drinking guidelines from the NIAAA:

Healthy men under 65:

No more than 4 drinks in one day and no more than 14 drinks per week.

Healthy women (all ages) and healthy men 65 and older:
No more than 3 drinks in one day and no more than 7 drinks per week.

One drink is defined as 12 ounces of beer, 5 ounces of wine, or 1.5 ounces of 80-proof liquor. So remember that a mixed drink or full glass of wine are probably more than one drink.

Abstinence from alcohol
Abstinence from alcohol is the best choice for people who take medication(s) that interact with alcohol, have health conditions that could be exacerbated by alcohol (e.g. liver disease), are pregnant or may become pregnant or have had a problem with alcohol or another substance in the past.

Benefits of “low-risk” drinking
Following these guidelines reduces the risk of health problems such as cancer, liver disease, reduced immunity, ulcers, sleep problems, complications of existing conditions, and more. It also reduces the risk of depression, social problems, and difficulties at school or work.

This week on the podcast I'm talking about compelling reasons and why even though self-help gurus talk about "finding your why" having just one "why" may not be enough to change your habits.

Instead have many reasons.

Start with easy reasons and work to find the deeper reasons. Write your reasons down and revisit them often. Keep them front and center in your life.  Have more reasons to change your relationship with alcohol than you do to keep your drinking habit.

This episode inspired by Primal Potential podcast episode #903.

Resource mentioned: The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy