Trying to quit drinking?
Good luck with it… Seriously. Even if you are a disciplined person, you need all the help you can get.
Go to a party and chances are >95% there will be alcohol available and most people will be drinking.
We’re bombarded by advertising that it’s acceptable and cool to drink. Alcohol’s acceptance is reinforced by links to it being relaxing, for celebrating, for having fun, related to success, something after winning, associated with living the good life, etc.
You’ve probably been conditioned your entire life to think that alcohol is cool and no big deal.
The fact is that it’s the opposite.
Overall, alcohol has caused way more damage than any good it’s ever done… The term “functional alcoholism” is an oxymoron.
The following quote is from a NYTimes article reporting on a long term study conducted among Harvard graduates that gauged happiness throughout life:
It found that alcohol was the primary cause of divorce among men in the study, and that alcohol abuse often preceded depression (rather than the other way around).
But don’t hold your breath to see the findings of the Harvard study in a beer or whiskey commercial…!
And talking about alcohol problems is tough too… Who can you talk to when discussing concerns about your alcohol use is about as much fun as talking about your money problems.
Indeed, as a result, people who struggle with alcohol often wonder if they’re the only ones who feel the way they do.
You wonder… Can I be the only one who feels like shit after just a few beers? Why do I feel so depressed? Where is my life going? Why can’t I get anything done?
You’re not alone, though…
And personally, I’m with you big time.
Both my grandfathers were drunks… My beautiful mother died from causes related to a life of battling substance abuse. I know for a fact that she was uncomfortable talking about it.
She was ashamed.
Probably everyone feels this way to varying degrees… They just don’t ever talk about it.
So if you want to quit or cut down, you need all the help and support you can get.
Three Podcasts on Alcohol Worth Listening To
Here are three podcasts and/or episodes worth listening to if you’re trying to quit or cut back:
1) That Sober Guy:
A great, honest podcast about addiction. The host, Shane Ramer, speaks truthfully from personal experience about the problems that led him to quit drinking.
He interviews many everyday people as well as celebrities about addiction and sobriety.
A good first listen is this episode titled “9 Signs of a Drinking Problem“.
2) Tim Ferriss Show Podcast Interviews with Richard Branson:
Tim Ferriss interviews the iconic entrepreneur and business leader, Richard Branson.
At different points, Branson brings up alcohol and drugs and his challenges with them… If this guy can admit having issues with alcohol, anyone can.
Bonus Tim Ferriss Podcast Episode “The Random Show” with Kevin Rose – They talk about cutting back on alcohol and how it can become a real problem as you get older.
3) Jocko Podcast:
Jocko Willink is a former Navy SEAL and a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt. He served in Iraq leading his team during the battle of Ramadi. Now that he’s home he writes books and has a great podcast on discipline and war. He also runs a consulting business with his colleague and fellow Navy SEAL, Leif Babbin.
Jocko doesn’t drink alcohol, but did drink while he was in the SEAL teams.
He doesn’t drink now, apparently because he basically thinks it’s pointless. It doesn’t make him better, faster, stronger, etc.
Anyone with a drinking or substance abuse problem, I believe, by definition, has a discipline problem of some sort.
A good episode is this one.
They also discuss the pressures of trying to achieve your dreams, and why being disappointed in yourself can lead to a cyclical downward spiral that feeds on itself… Causing you to waste your life.
5) BONUS (Not a Podcast): Stephen King’s Book “On Writing”:
This is not a podcast, but a great book on quitting drinking…
Stephen King’s On Writing. Read this if you’re an author trying to get your shit together, write regularly with discipline and stop drinking.
It might be helpful to know that Stephen King was a raging alcoholic and drug abuser for much of his life and had to stop to keep his marriage and life intact.
The book is excellent not only for learning to write better, but also for his personal story about alcoholism.