Author Annie Grace talks about her own relationship with booze and offers tips on how to cut down your drinking at Christmas and beyond.
So, how are you going to control your drinking over the festive season?
Former high-flying marketing executive Annie Grace was one such drinker. By her mid-20s she was downing two bottles of wine a day while holding down a top job and functioning at home. Grace, who lives in Colorado, carried on in this manner until her mid-30s, by which time she had a husband, Brian, and two sons, who are now aged 11 and eight. Her third son, now three, wasn’t yet born during her drinking days.
“I spent a lot of Christmases in a stupor,” she admits. “I remember thinking, ‘I’m not going to drink until at least 5 pm’. Then it would be two or three in the afternoon. Some Christmases it would be starting off the day with Mimosas (champagne and orange juice). We’d end up drinking the entire day.”
Cut Down Your Drinking
She tried to cut back on drinking but found herself drinking more. Setting strict rules and limits for herself didn’t work. As her mindset shifted, she realized she wanted to drink less. It took three years for her to stop completely in December 2014.
During this time, she set out to understand why she was in control in every other area of her life. Through research, she learned about alcohol, the brain, and the body, which resulted in her book This Naked Mind.
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This Naked Mind
It examines how the unconscious mind has been conditioned about the benefits of alcohol, how alcohol is the only drug you have to justify not taking, and how not drinking is seen as being boring.