With new hashtaggable terms like “mindful drinking” and “sober curious”, you no longer have to feel uncool for not drinking alcoholic beverages; nor do you have to anonymously address the topic of sobriety shamefully or be an alcoholic to realize that alcohol is hurting your life. Confidence Coach Laure Redmond joined us to share why the world is turning Sober Curious and what this means.:
- Become a Curious Seeker Are you tired of feeling like you have to drink? Maybe you haven’t hit rock bottom and you are not sure you would ever want to stop drinking forever, but you know you want to change your relationship with alcohol. This is what Sober Curious means.
- Free Yourself Alcohol is the only drug that people question you for NOT using. Don’t stay trapped because the stigma of drinking seems worse than the cost of drinking too much. Binge drinking has become a serious health issue.
- Is it More Dangerous for Older People? Yes! For the metabolism of a person 65 years or older, drinking two or three beers has the same effect as seven or eight beers for someone who is 21 years old.
- Know The Difference There are shades of grey when it comes to alcohol dependence. Getting sober and "drinking less" are two different things that require different approaches. For an individual who is addicted to alcohol, treatment is essential in order to have the best chance of a successful and safe recovery.
- Marketing Feeds Addiction Alcohol is highly addictive, it is also a social norm that has been cleverly marketed (think "wine moms"). It is wise to evaluate that: achievement, human connection, creativity, personal pleasure, or time in nature do not require a vodka chaser, wine or gin. In fact, happiness and awareness are often dulled, if not deleted by the true effects of alcohol on your brain.
- Mental Anguish & Anxiety Where does your brain go when you drink? Many admit that the first sip leads to wondering how much more is available. The mental focus on quantity and frequency overpowers the experience.
- Hangover Truth Any amount of alcohol affects your mind and your body, not just when you drink, but especially the day after. A hangover can be crippling, but it can also be a much more subtle thing. You may just feel a bit tired, slightly hazy, not on your “A game.” If you have a drink every night, then a large slice of your week was undertaken mindlessly.
Laure will be giving at talk on The Gifts of Failure on Friday, September 13 at 6:00pm at the Lake Oswego Adult Community Center. For more information on that, click here. You can listen to Laure on "Feel Good Naked Radio." For more helpful information, visit Laure's website. She's also available for private coaching for individuals or groups.