Have you ever asked yourself why you drink?
Why do you drink?
Actually, I don’t need to know. It doesn’t matter.
How To Discover The Decisions That Make You Drink
The stuff that matters are the ‘little’ thoughts that lead up to every decision to drink.
To find them, all you need to do is pay attention to what you’re thinking when you open up your first, second, or sixth beer of the evening.
Then look for the thoughts behind the thought.
Maybe you notice the thought “I need to unwind”.
Ask yourself; “Unwind from what? What does it mean to unwind? Why do I need to unwind?”
Perhaps you’ll find the thought “I deserve a beer”.
Ask yourself; “What do I really deserve? What does beer do for me? What else do I deserve?”
When you really want to get down with this, just delay your decision to drink for 15 minutes and pay attention to what goes on in your brain and body when you make it wait.
Don’t resist it, just pay attention to it. What are you thinking? What do you feel in your body? What do you think about those body feelings?
These thoughts are what define your relationship with alcohol. If you want to change the relationship, you have to change the thoughts. Not all of them, and not all at once.
You have to find them first.
Don’t make it complicated. It’s not brain surgery. Actually, it is!
But it’s still not complicated. There are no wrong answers.