Today’s video is based around a question from YouTube: are there any places that tempt me to drink?
The thing is, no matter what habits you are trying to quit, most of the behaviour is controlled by subconscious mechanisms.
So, it’s your job in the early days to bring those parts of your behaviour to the surface where you can deal with them.
This is not as difficult as it sounds. Your mind is going to do most of the work for you. This comes in the form of cravings and temptations.
There will be so many reminders of alcohol around you because of the nature of your habit. But that’s all they are, reminders. Temptations and cravings are the labels that we give to these reminders that prompt us to do the behaviour.
Your conscious mind is fighting against it. Your subconscious mind is trying to get you to do it. It’s as simple as that.
The solution, the perfect solution, is that your habit is built on repetition… It’s also broken down through repetition. The more refuse to indulge in the habit, the less power it has of you, the less temptation craving you will feel.
I hope you enjoy the video 🙂
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I’m Kevin O’Hara for alcoholmastery.com
Today’s topic was a comment that I saw on YouTube.
The person was asking: are there any places that still tempt you to drink alcohol or tempt you by alcohol drinking.
This video is about that and what you can do about it.
The only answer to give to that is that there are always going to be places that tempt you.
Alcohol is literally everywhere.
No matter where you go, you’re going to be seeing signs of alcohol.
It’s going to be in abundance.
It’s sold in supermarkets, pubs, coffee shops.
In Spain where I live, you can go into a local coffee shop and they have bottles of brandy.
You can buy a beer.
In Ireland, it just wasn’t the case.
You had to buy your alcohol in the pub.
I don’t think there was any alcohol ever sold in a coffee shop.
In restaurants, yeah.
But not coffee shops.
And even in restaurants, there were certain restrictions on the types of alcohol they could sell.
I remember going into one restaurant, and they had a pub downstairs and a restaurant upstairs, and we couldn’t actually buy a pint of Guinness in the restaurant.
We had to go outside the restaurant.
It was owned by the same people, so they didn’t mind.
We had to go down into the pub and buy a pint, and then bring it up to the restaurant.
It was silly, but there you go.
So, temptation is everywhere.
Look, the further I get away from alcohol, the less tempted I am by any alcohol they drink.
Temptation is just part and parcel of quitting alcohol.
It’s a part of that mental mind-set, of the habit, of the behaviour.
It just takes a while to get out of it but you will get out.
It’s just like anything else in life.
The longer you do something, the more a part of you it becomes; the more a part of your thinking, behaviour, and actions it becomes.
The less you do something, the less it becomes a part of you.
Temptation is no different.
Don’t forget that alcohol is not something which is natural for us to do. It’s not like an urge to eat where you have to eat, or an urge to have sex which is a natural built in urge we have; an urge to breathe air.
Alcohol drinking is not a natural urge. It’s one that is acquired over a period of time, and it starts out when you’re younger.
I’m always talking about the fact that when we started out drinking, we’ve been conditioned to drink long before that.
It’s because we don’t know any different.
But when you get older, and you see that the consequences of drinking are bad, then you start to understand.
I think from an intelligence point of view, it’s very easy to overcome that and get away from it; to outsmart the temptation if you like.
Temptation is only a similar form to a craving, to that need for instant gratification.
It all ties into the same thing and it’s just a discomfort.
You have to really get over that.
Don’t give it too much credence.
If you do anything in life, if you get a new house, a new job, a new partner in your life, there’s a transition period between the old house and the new house, the old job and the new job, the old girlfriend and the new one, that kind of thing.
It’s the same with alcohol.
There’s a transition between you not drinking and you drinking; between you not drinking and you drinking in the first place.
Think about how long it takes you to get accustomed to the taste, the feeling and all the money you spend on it.
I’ll leave it there.
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Until next time, stay safe and keep the alcohol out of your mouth.
WITH EVERY TEMPTATION, THERE IS A WAY OF ESCAPE.
Until next time…
Onwards and Upwards!