Taking a Risk Quitting Drinking Where's the Real Risk

Taking a Risk Quitting Drinking – Where’s the Real Risk

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Taking a Risk Quitting Drinking – Where’s the Real Risk
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Today I wanted to talk about taking a risk. You know a lot of people say, well, they don’t quit alcohol, because they don’t want to take a risk in their lives. They don’t want to change this way, because changing is a risk. You know, where’s the real risk. That’s what you have to ask yourself.

You know people, people say that they don’t want to quit alcohol or they’re afraid of quitting alcohol because they want to have the same life, you know. I mean, do you really want to have the same life. If you think about your life on alcohol, on this drug, right, where is it, why are you even thinking about quitting alcohol, if you don’t want to change your life.

You know, the alcohol is just a substance but it’s the whole reason, why we, our lives are to a point where we really are desperate to change, it’s not because just of the alcohol.

I mean the alcohol has got its downfall and it’s got its fear and it’s got, you know, a lot of shit that’s happening in our lives because of it, in our bodies because of it. But it’s the actual stuff that’s happening in our lives, which is, for the most part the most damaging.

It’s the spread of alcohol out and how much of your life, alcohol the alcohol behaviour is actually taking over. And, you know, as I said before, it could be anything, it could be any drug, it could be any addiction, right?

Once you get to the level where your life is constricted to that one behaviour, that one behaviour becomes, I don’t like the word addiction, but it becomes overwhelming to you. You know, this is sort of what you want to do, this is what your focused on all the time and your focus is on this thing to a very unhealthy levels throughout your life.

And it’s not life that you need to change. I mean, if you look at your life and break your life down and you see how much that behaviour is sort of taking over your life, you will see that your life is worth changing.

That the real answer to all of these problems isn’t changing the life style, the life behind the alcohol, the behaviour behind the alcohol, not just getting rid of the alcohol, but you know changing all that.

You know, another thing is, that we, we’re a social animal and we fear to be ostracized from our peers, our friends our family and you know, them taking the piss out of us basically and saying that what we’re doing is wrong and looking at us, like we’re weirdos and not wanting to hang with us any more. Big fear, you know.

And, but at the end of the day, you know you’ve got your family and you’ve got your friends. Your family are there, regardless of what happens. Most of us, you know, your family are your blood, and they’re going to be your family no matter what. You can’t really change your family. But your friends? If it’s your friends that are ostracizing you, who needs them, you know? What does it say about them?

It says more about them than it does about you. That you’re there trying it improve yourself, you’re trying to make life a lot easier on yourself, you’re trying to extend your life, improve your life, improve yourself as a person and there’s these people that are sort of pushing you back to, to into the background until you change, until you conform with the way they see.

Fuck that and fuck them! You know, that’s what I say. Anyone who’s not on board with what I want to do, with my life. Who know can go whistle. Go adios. Down the stream and I don’t want to see you again, you know.

This is my life. You know, this is your life. Anyone gets in the way of your life like that, you know, when it comes to your health, whether that’s your physical health or your psychological health, needs to be shown the door and you know, give them a kick up the arse as well, while you’re at it, because they don’t deserve you in their life, no way.

Always come back to the same question, you know. Where is the biggest risk in quitting alcohol or in not quitting alcohol? In continuing down the journey that you’re already on of drinking alcohol and everything that, that entails, or in changing the path, changing the track of your life and moving in a different direction, getting the alcohol out of your life and what does that mean for you. Where is the biggest risk?

For me it’s a no brainer, you know. But I’m four years down the road. Everything that I do in Alcohol Mastery, on the website, here on YouTube, whether you’re watching this on YouTube or on the website or if you’re watching it on Facebook, with the Facebook Group.

Everything that I do, throughout Alcohol Mastery and what that stands for, is aiming people towards looking forward, right, towards the new and forgetting about the old, right, and building something of value in your lives.

I’m not saying that people haven’t got anything of value in their lives, you know, that’s not what I’m saying, but alcohol is a destructive force and no matter where you’re coming from in life, no matter where you are, no matter how much money you’ve got or no matter what you have already in your life, it could be better, a lot, lot better right, if you didn’t have the alcohol.

Because the alcohol, is you know, from my own personal experience and from the thousands of emails that I’ve read from different people, it’s just you know, it’s common sense you know, that you take one step forward with alcohol and you’re eventually going to take two steps backwards. It’s not something that’s going to lead you anywhere good anyway.

So, I’m just saying that, you know, that there is no real risk for you in quitting alcohol, the real risk is in staying drinking the alcohol. It’s always going to be there, no matter what way you thinking about this.

The risk is always going to be in alcohol, you know, your addiction is only going to get worse, your tolerance for alcohol is going to get worse, your normalising in your head, is going to worse. You know and your body just as you age, the older you get, the less tolerance your body has for the alcohol, so the more intolerant you’re going to get physically.

You’re not going to be able to handle this anymore. You know, you’re not going to be handle the volume of alcohol that your taking, so, once the damage is done, you know, seriously, you know, in a lot of cases the damage is done and there is no turning back.

Once you go over a certain type, sort of level of physical damage, like, that you know you’ve got this wonderful organ – your liver – inside your body right, and it’s one of the few things that renews itself.

Everything, I think renews itself to a certain degree, but this thing can regenerate from, you can cut a liver in half and you can give half the liver to somebody that needs a liver transplant and that thing will grow in them, into a full liver again, you know. Amazing, but it shows you the power of, the toxic power of alcohol. That this is one of the few things that will actually fucking totally destroy your liver beyond repair.

I mean cirrhosis of the liver is a scarring of the liver. It’s like you’ve got a knife and you’ve just, you know when you see a scar on somebody’s face and they’ve just slashed up by something or they’ve got a scar, whatever, you know and that’s scar there’s for ever, there’s a lot of plastic surgery now that can do something about it, but, you know when you get, your liver is like that, once it’s scarred because of alcohol consumption, because of too much alcohol,there’s no going back you know?

The liver is beyond repair and most of the time it’s beyond functioning and the only thing that you can do then is get a liver transplant. Most people won’t get a liver transplant, you know, because they’ve done it to themselves. You know there’s kids that are born with defective livers and they deserve a liver transplant beyond anyone who’s abused their body to the extent that they need this, you know.

Anyway, I’m getting off topic here, I’m just saying the real risk of this is definitely in continuing to drink and every day that you continue to drink, you heighten the risk, you make the risk more apparent in your life. Every day you don’t drink you drag further away from that, you know, you really lower the risk of any of those conditions that, you know, for all those years that you’ve been drinking.

So, stop drinking now. Best thing that you can do.


Until next time...
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Keep the Alcohol out of your Mouth
Take Care of Yourself
Good Luck
Onwards and Upwards!

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2 Comments

  • Peter

    Reply Reply December 9, 2016

    Hi Kevin,

    Just one comment about this presentation. It seems as though you may have experienced a significant amount of pressure from your drinking buddies when you decided to give up alcohol? To the contrary, I found that without exception everyone within my “drinking crowd” was supportive of my decision and actually mostly curious as to why I felt the need to eliminate the ingestion of alcohol entirely. Most of them hold the belief that their regular drinking routines are under control and they could quit any time if they really wanted to. They claim to simply enjoy the feeling of being inebriated to some level and for many it has become as routine as brushing their teeth before bedtime. Yet none of them have ever pressured me to return to drinking alcohol with them as part of our social interaction. I do believe that at least some of them feel as though I have given up something of value. I hear comments like; “Oh, I am so proud of you for giving up drinking,” as if I was making some huge sacrifice to do so. What they don’t understand is that I have simply decided to experience life from a more natural perspective and that does not include constantly altering my perception of life with alcohol. I want to experience my life (including my social interactions) through a clear lens and not the tinted glasses I wore when I was drunk much of the time. When I explain that to my old drinking chums they seem to understand.

  • Mandy

    Reply Reply February 27, 2017

    Hi Kevin, my experience has been very similar to that of Peter. My friends have been supportive of my decision to stop drinking and I have not felt any pressure from them at all. My decision to stop drinking was not because I was getting into difficulties with drinking, although I was drinking above safe levels, so the risk of which you speak was waiting in the wings. i began to question why I had never smoked (obviously because nicotine is carcinogen) and yet I ingested another potent carcinogen in the form of ethanol. I decided it made no sense. So, I stopped drinking and feel great.

    Thank you for all you do on his site. I must say the difference in your appearance from your Day 1, 4 years ago, and now is astonishing. You look so much younger!

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