EP 358: Reader Question – Why do I reward being alcohol free with a drink?

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A reader asks, After about five days of being alcohol-free, my spirits are lifted and I feel more alive and more happy. I want to have a fun night celebrating with my new state of mind. That is I don’t feel controlled by alcohol. Afterwards, I return to daily drinking. Usually for two weeks or so, until I’m back to feeling lifeless, purposeless, sad, and tired. It’s a common pattern. Is this common for anyone else?

Listen as Annie Grace explains how repetitive thought patterns impact the physical structure of the brain. She shares the two main reasons people give for drinking. Finally, she offers three different tactics for breaking this behavior cycle.

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Highlights of How To Reward Yourself Without Drinking

  • It is common to reward yourself with alcohol
  • “Well, if I could’ve given it up, and I’m feeling so great, then it must not have been so bad.”
  • Thought patterns actually replicate themselves inside the brain as patterns in brain matter.
  • If we replicate that we drink as a reward we need to do the most amount of work on changing and grasping at new beliefs about how to reward yourself without drinking
  • The irony is that the feeling of not being controlled by alcohol and drinking is actually being completely controlled by alcohol.
  • The two main reasons people give for drinking is to de-stress and to have fun
  • Those reasons they feel true in the moment, usually the first 20 minutes after a drink, but then the opposite becomes true.
  • Patterns in the brain are really tied to survival.
  • Before you drink as a reward examine – how does that belief make you feel and how does it make you behave?


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