If you're struggling to quit drinking now and you need help, if you’ve struggled in the past, or if want to help someone who is struggling now, this course punctures the bubble of confusing and dangerous misinformation that surrounds the alcohol and the quit alcohol industries, giving you an insight into why you drink alcohol and exactly what you need to do to stop.
Featuring over 12 hours of quality HD videos, this course provides a refreshing way of thinking about stopping drinking.
You will learn about the propaganda that keeps you hooked into the lies, even when you know drinking is not good for you.
You will learn how your language can distort the how you see reality.
We’ll examine your use of words like alcoholic, moderation, recovery, and the demon drink. I’ll show you that by using those words you are making life much more difficult for yourself when it comes to quitting.
We will also take a close look at what you should expect once you do quit. We’ll look at the reality of the symptoms and side effects of quitting drinking. I will show you some simple tricks that will alter your thinking and your entire alcohol quitting experience.
You will also learn that your fears can hurt you before you even start on your journey and how making some small changes will allow you to step into your new life full of confidence about the great journey that’s ahead of you.
"I've just watched my first video from the course: Video 09 - "Your
Commitment to Stopping Putting The Alcohol into Your Mouth" And I just
had to email you to say how bloody inspirational it is! It's cheered me
right up, and just nudged me back on the right tracks again. Thanks man,
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have helped me over the past couple of years." Paul (Yorkshire, UK)
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How you’ve been programmed to accept alcohol into your life, as a normal part of your life, through your parents, your family and friends, and in the wider world.
Your decision to quit, your addiction to alcohol, calling yourself an alcoholic, and some of the other important lessons you’ll learn throughout this course.
My early drinking and the impact it had on the way I drank for over thirty years.
How I used alcohol as a tool and a way of modifying my behaviour.
What is the reality of alcohol in our society? Why do we not treat alcohol as a drug? Why do we look at the use of this drug as normal?
Why do you drink alcohol? What is your motivation? What do you get out of it?
Are there any health benefits to drinking alcohol? If so, how do they apply to you? How does your brain fool you into believing these claims?
Who conducts alcohol health benefit studies? How are they funded? How does this affect you?
How does alcohol affect you? What is it? What is it really doing to your body? What does it mean to get drunk? What does it mean to have a hangover?
What is moderation? Can you moderate your alcohol use? What is alcohol tolerance? How does that affect your drinking? How does tolerance impact your body?
I take a look at some of my moderation attempts, how they usually unfolded, and what was the normal end result.
How are we brainwashed into believing that taking this drug is normal? When does the brainwashing start?
How does the language that you use, your choice of words and phrases, and how you interpret them, reshape your perceptions - for good or bad?
What do the words alcoholic, sober, recovery mean? How can your choice of words blind you to what's really going on with your habit?
What does the word alcoholic mean? What does alcoholism mean? Does using these words help people when they need help? Should you use these words to describe yourself?
When should you call yourself an alcoholic and when should you avoid using the term?
How most alcohol users are dependent on the drug. How mostt alcohol users repeatedly use alcohol excessively.
How most alcohol users suffer from withdrawal.
What are the first steps in changing your alcohol problem?
How is your decision to quit going to affect those around you? How will they react?
What is it to be known as an alcoholic? How can you deal with that?
How long does it take for you to build your alcohol habit? How long does it take to break the habit? Do you need help in quitting? Alcohol versus the alcohol lifestyle.
What is recovery? How long does recovery take? Will you be in recovery for the rest of your life? What is the process of recovery?
What are the likely symptoms and side-effects of quitting alcohol? Is it a medical issue? Should you see a doctor? Is it a disease or disorder? Can your doctor help you?
Where should you look for information about quitting? What type of information is out there?
There's such a thing as too much information. Do you need to know everything about quitting before you start?
Why using terms such as the demon drink can be detrimental to your new journey.
How can your thoughts lead to your actions which ultimately determine your behavior?
What is your concept of "rock bottom"? Do you have to get to rock bottom before you change? What do you need to do to avoid spirally downwards, out of control?
Fear is just a thought and thoughts can be changed.
Don't leave it until tomorrow. Tomorrow never comes. Why do we tend to procrastinate so much?
How can you get a grip on your fears?
Should you quit on your own or seek medical attention?
What kind of damage are you causing to yourself through alcohol? Here's a brief history of my alcohol damage.
What is alcohol tolerance? How does it help you? How does it harm you?
How do you handle yourself in social situations while you've been drinking? Are you sometimes embarrassed or ashamed of how you acted while drunk? Do you remember all the times you are drunk? Do you have blackouts? How long do your hangovers last? Do you feel they are worsening? How long do you think you can continue down this destructive path?
Where are you right now in your life because of your alcohol use? How bad are your hangovers? How do they compare with your hangovers from the past? What is the current state of your health? How do you see your health in the future? How are your finances and relationships?
What are the symptoms and side effects of your drinking? How are you feeling about yourself now?How well do you really sleep?
How do you feel physically?
How do you feel mentally?
How does this compare with past hangovers?
How things changed for me once I stopped boozing.
What were my expectations of quitting drinking, how my life would pan out once I didn't drink, and what life without alcohol would be really like?
What your alcohol use must be like for the other people in your life?
How do you think the people close to you are going to cope with you if you continue down the alcohol use path?
Will they stay?
Would you want them to stay, forcing on them the burden of your choices?
Your imagination is your greatest ally in your fight against any bad habits in your life.
Use your imagination to conjure up scenarios about your own future.
Put yourself through a Christmas Carol scenario, taking yourself on a journey into your past, a look at your present, and a peek into your future. It’s powerful stuff.
We have been raised to believe alcohol is only a drink.
We don't see it as a drug, us as drug users, or the sellers as drug dealers.
Because we don't see it as a drug, we can ignore the dangers.
Even when we understand the dangers, as they hit home to us, we want to continue to use because alcohol use is so embedded in our society. People from every walk of life are using alcohol.
Is alcoholism a disease or a genetic abnormality?
What will this type of belief do to your ability and efforts at stopping using alcohol?
How can you change if you are being directed at a genetic level?
What is recovery?
What is the best way of thinking about your recovery?
Cyclical recovery is the process your body goes through every time you drink. Use alcohol, recover, use alcohol, recover.
Alcohol also causes your body to go through other negative spirals such as the one we experience with alcohol tolerance.
During your drinking, your body is going through constant damage limitation.
When you finally stop using alcohol, your body is finally free to do it’s job.
How you respond dictates the road you will travel.
Good nutrition is the second fuel in helping you to quit drinking.
Your defenses against alcohol.
How do you change some of your basic mindsets about habits?
How do habits form and play out in the real world?
What is it that forms a habit, maintains it, and let's it programing work almost without your awareness?
A brief look at how your mind deals with the infinite amounts of data assaulting you every single day.
A look at how your brain filters information and keeps your habitual behaviour ticking over beneath the surface.
A look at three ways you can break your triggers.
How you can begin to change your automatic, habitual thinking.
The way you think leads to the way you behave. What can you do about it?
The fixed mindset and the growth mindset.
Change causes discomfort. How do you deal with that discomfort?
How long are you going to feel this discomfort and what can you do to accelerate it's passing?
The discomfort controls are in your hands. How do you use them?
How does discomfort that you'll go through once you feel stack up against the discomfort you're already going through or the discomfort you will go through if you don't quit?
How long do you think about alcohol after you've stopped drinking?
How to hit the restart button.
How to get the life you really want.
I used to be your typical Irish drinker. As an alcohol user for over 30 years, I always believed that alcohol was a part of my identity, my culture, and my life. Like so many others, I regarded my own lack of control to be at the root of my alcohol problems. After several unsuccessful attempts at moderation, I came to the conclusion that the trouble lay within myself, not the alcohol, and that I was an alcoholic. Life was not looking too good. My health was suffering, the hangovers were increasing in duration and intensity, I was unfit, overweight, and wasting away in general.
But the most of my pain came from realizing that my drinking was making me a terrible role model for my teenage son. Everything else I could handle, leading my son down the same destructive path that I had taken was very difficult to live with. With that devastating realization, my decision to stop was immediate and permanent.
My message, and that of my website - alcoholmastery.com, is straightforward: quitting alcohol is simple, you just don't put any more alcohol into your mouth. For most people, the difficulty in quitting is not in the withdrawal, the recovery, or the addiction. The difficulty is in how to live an alcohol free life. How do you fill the behavioral vacuum that drinking alcohol used to fill? How do you celebrate without raising the toast or getting drunk? How do you find enjoyment without using alcohol? How do you refrain from drinking while everyone else is devouring the stuff? How can you ever be happy as a non-alcohol-user?
It's not as difficult as you might imagine. You weren't born with the alcohol thirst, you’ve learned it. The secret to successfully quitting alcohol is as simple as learning a few new skills, learning more desirable ways of thinking and dealing with your life. Step by step, and day by day, you re-engineer the changes for a happy, healthy, and fulfilled life.
My style of teaching is to break down complex ideas into a no-nonsense, straight talking, and down to earth approach. My up-front coaching style is developed around breaking down your alcohol perceptions, rethinking your relationship with alcohol and its use within our society. I can’t promise you an easy ride, but I will deliver genuine step by step strategies that you can implement in your life right now.
You can find my weekly self-help videos, shot while hiking through the hills of Alicante, Spain, at the website Alcohol Mastery. I also host the weekly Alcohol Mastery Podcast.