EP 420: Reader Question – Why do I drink even though I don’t want to?

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Annie breaks down a complex reader question with an easy-to-digest story. Find out why bison hunting and gathering raspberries can explain why your brain makes you think you want a drink even when you actually don’t want one. Start combating this instinct with new knowledge today!

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Highlights of Why Do I Drink Even Though I Don’t Want To?

The brain is a survival machine and will always be one for good reason, but in order to re-wire a deeply learned habit of survival we must gain new knowledge. Find out what we mean in the highlights:

  • Bison hunting and gathering raspberries is a story that explains survival well
  • Your brain has learned that drinking alcohol = feeling good/survival
  • Dopamine in the brain leaves you wanting/craving it
  • The feedback loop in the brain leaves you doing it again and again
  • Dopamine increases your WANT for alcohol, but your LIKE decreases over time
  • New knowledge works with the brain to change emotion
  • If you change the emotion that drinking = feeling good you can change desire/LIKE

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