As a kid around drinking adults, Arlan was always worried about who would be able to help if there was an emergency. In her twenties, she spent a lot of time in the lesbian party scenes in San Diego and Los Angeles, never drinking unless someone else was buying. No matter how much she drank, Arlan was always the responsible one at the end of the night, putting people in cabs and not letting friends go home with the wrong person. But, drinking stopped being fun and Arlan started referring to alcohol as her “medicine.” She chose it over food when there wasn’t enough money for both. Getting ready to check into rehab, she looked for a book that might “logic her into” a life without alcohol and found This Naked Mind, which she credits with saving her life. Today, Arlan manages the venture capital fund she built from the ground up. Through the fund, she is dedicated to minimizing funding disparities in tech by investing in high-potential founders who are people of color, women, and/or LGBT.
This Naked Life
Hey, it’s Annie Grace. I want to tell you about the most important book that I never wrote. I mean that. This is This Naked Life. It is 48 true stories of people finding freedom from alcohol. And, it’s so inspiring. It’s our stories, as you know from this podcast, that truly change us, that revolutionize what we believe is possible for ourselves. So, it’s This Naked Life. You can find it on Amazon, or check it out online at nakedlifestories.com. And every single copy, all the proceeds, are 100% committed to keeping The Alcohol Experiment forever free for anybody who needs it. Check it out. It’s such an inspirational book.
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Highlights of Arlan Hamilton – Alcohol as Medicine
When we start seeing alcohol as medicine is when we start thinking it is time to change our drinking. That is exactly what triggered Arlan Hamilton. Here are the highlights of our podcast together.
- Not drinking until age 21
- Keeping firm rules around drinking
- Sucked into the party scene lifestyle
- Not realizing how much she was drinking
- Always the responsible one- even while drinking
- “Are you consuming it, or is it consuming you?”
- The attempts to control alcohol and stop drinking
- Seeing alcohol as medicine
- Rehab or a lifeline
- This Naked Mind
- Why would I drink if I now understand the logic of it?
- I would not have had this level of success if I was still fighting the demon, the monster of alcohol every single day.
Tune in to hear more from Arlan Hamilton
It sounds cliché but almost every moment of this podcast with Arlan Hamilton is a highlight! Make sure you tune in and listen!