Stop Drinking Alcohol 56 – Thinking About Drinking (The Written Part)
How’s it going? My name is Kevin O’Hara for Alcohol Mastery. This is Stop Drinking Alcohol 56.
One of those Days
I feel great today. Yesterday I didn’t feel too hot. I felt tired – really tired. I just can’t explain it, I don’t know what happened and to be honest with you, I can’t be arsed even thinking about it – it’s just one of those things, one of those days.
I got myself a nice, thick jumper, my dressing gown, track suit bottoms, slippers, cranked the heater up to full blast and just basically sat on the sofa all day, reading and feeling a little bit sorry for myself.
Back to today now – I feel grand, as normal. I’m up for a walk and doing a video!
Tip: Trying Not to Think about Drinking
Okay. Last year, I did a video – it was, I think, the third week into it. Number 3 I think the tally was. Basically, the tip was to not try to not think about drinking. I just thought to expand a little bit more on that today and have a take into the look of it.
Before I talk, have a look at this clip from the old video. Speak to you in a minute.
“My tip of the week this week is not to not think about drinking, if you get what I mean. It’s when you’re trying not to think about something, your brain is actually thinking about it because it has to remember exactly what it is that you’re not supposed to be thinking about. Think about a dieter that has a bar of chocolate in the fride, and he keeps saying to himself, ‘I’m not gonna eat that bar of chocolate in the fridge, I’m not gonna eat that bar of chocolate in the fridge’. The brain does not hear that ‘not going to’ part – it only hears ‘eat the bar of chocolate in the fridge’. Think about if I said to you, ‘Don’t think about a pink elephant standing on its back legs wearing a tutu.’ How hard is that not to think about? You have to think about it in order to try and not to think about it.”
So, apart from the fact that you can’t not think about something, you just can’t get away from alcohol. I mean, it’s everywhere we live in an alcohol society. No matter where you go there’s gonna be references to alcohol, there’s gonna be people that are drinking, you see alcohol everywhere, and depending on your frame of mind, if you get it into your head that you want to drink….
Our Alcoholic Society
To know when situation if you want to drink, that’s what’s gonna happen. One of the things that you have to get your mind around is that from the moment you’re born until the moment you die, you live in an alcoholic society. These people stand up and announce to the world, ‘My name is Kevin, I’m an alcoholic,’ as if they are the person with the problem – they are the only person with the problem. It’s society that has got the problem.
Imagine it from another angle, if you went to a bed tonight, woke up in the morning and instead of alcohol on the shelves it was heroine or another drug, if there was different brands of heroine, there was different strengths, there was different makes, different types, there was white heroine and blue heroine, and brown and red, Highland heroine, heroine from the Blue Valley – of course they wouldn’t call it heroine, it would be some other fancy name, but basically the same thing.
How bizarre is that? That is exactly what is happening. It’s just we are conditioned to think about it in a different way. It makes the government a lot of money, makes the right people a lot of money. It creates a lot of happiness, alcohol does. A lot of happiness, a lot of wealth.
Just for the wrong people – or the right people, depending on who you are – for very few people…for the rest of us, it’s death and basically a miserable fucking life leading up to the death if you carry on with it.
We kid ourselves that we’re not drug users being peddled to by drug pushers, but switch out the drug let that and call it another drug – call it heroine – it’s the same thing, just packaged up different.
Anyway, I’m getting off the point.
Change is Everywhere and it is Inevitable
The point was that change is everywhere. We change all the time regardless of where we are in our lives, we move homes, we change jobs, we change relationships sometimes, and we always think back to a lot of the stuff we’ve done before, and a lot of the time it’s nostalgic.
We look back at the old places we used to live with a bit of nostalgia. The closer we are to the move, obviously the more you think about it and you have to adapt to all the different changes in your life.
It’s exactly the same thing when you quit drinking. It’s not all of a sudden you’re gonna stop thinking about it. You are going to think about it but don’t take that as a sign that you’re never gonna get rid of alcohol out of your life, it’s just changing the perspective. It’s looking at alcohol in a completely different way.
If you look at alcohol and you look at it from the perspective of you missing something, you’ve got these cravings in your body and whether you can live your life without it and you see alcohol as – like I used to see the pint of Guinness , or a beautiful bottle of red wine from the Noir Valley or Porto or Champagne or whatever it is that you look at…That’s what you see in your old life.
Getting Off the Poisonous Route
When you’re quitting alcohol, you need to look at it as the poison as it is. You need to draw back the curtains. You need to see alcohol as the poison that it is. You need to see it as the thing that is stopping you from moving forward in your life, that is robbing your life of your health, robbing your life of your passion, robbing your life of your dignity and self-respect, and all for the sake of putting money across the counter and giving it to a guy who is living a high life on your misery.
Achieving Your Life Without Poison
Ask yourself if you can live a healthy life if you’re drinking. If you’ve been doing the things that you wanna do in your life while you’re still drinking – if you can go to the places and see things, if you want to achieve the dreams that you want to achieve in your life while you’re drinking…and the answer is no. If you think you can, you’re deluding yourself, because the drink will take you further and further down the road of poison.
How Alcohol is Designed
It’s not designed to make you feel good. It’s not designed to give you a good life. It’s designed to get you hooked and to make you part with all your money. So really get your head around the fact that alcohol is a lethal, mass-manufactured poison that is killing you slowly. Nothing else. Once you get your head around that, then you can think about it as much as you want because you’ll never put another drop in your lips. I will never put another drop of alcohol across these lips.
Once you start with that one then it’s easy to start thinking about other things that are also poison in your life. I’m gonna be doing some more videos about alcoholic societies so alcohol (?) – watch out!
Alcohol Mastery Shorts
If you want to leave a comment go over to the website or leave a comment down below – it’s normal. I also start the Alcohol Mastery Shorts, so if you want to see some of them, there’s a new channel – I’ve put the link down below in the information box. You can see them anyway if you go over to the website, so they’d all be there. I’ll send the links out in the newsletter once a week. If you missed them you’ll get them in the newsletter.
The Shorts – the reason why I set up another channel was because I just think it’s a little bit of a light-hearted approach to more inspirational stuff and only short videos. I thought to keep it away, keep two things separate.
Until Next Time – Stay Tuned!
When you look back at once you’ve quit alcohol and you’re looking back in a years’ time or two years’ time and you really know that alcohol is in your past, then you’ll see it as one of the best decisions you’ve ever made, and you’ll look at it with joy in your heart. It’s a great occasion when you stop drinking, when you stop actually poisoning yourself and you see past that bullshit. I think that it’s not all doom and gloom, so hopefully I can add a bit of spirit into these little videos, a bit of light-heartedness, that’s the whole point of it.
I don’t really know what I’m doing with them, so you’ll have to bear with me as with a lot of stuff on the site. I’m sort of learning as we go along. But I hope you liked it.
I’m Kevin O’Hara for Alcohol Mastery.
Onwards and upwards.
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Until next time…
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