Ep. 15: How to Drink Less

How to Drink Less

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Ever find yourself wishing you could just stop over-drinking? You don’t identify as an alcoholic, per se – your drinking habits may be affecting your body or brain power a bit negatively, but they’re not affecting the lives of others or those you love – and maybe you don’t want to quit cold turkey, you just want to…reign it in a little?
I hear you. I’ve been there too. And it ain’t easy.

When I quit drinking, so many of my friends changed.

When I stopped over-drinking, it made me less easygoing – in a good way.

Because when we drink, we don’t care as much about things. We’re not thinking about them as much. We’re overeating, we’re thinking and worrying about our bodies instead of thinking and worrying about our lives.

So first thing’s first: why decide to drink less, or stop altogether?

There’s no moral judgment about alcohol here – I want to know what it is inside you that is urging you to cut back?

What is that still, small voice in your head saying you’re missing out on something when you over-drink?

It may seem like freedom is the ability to drink however much you want, whenever you feel like it.

It may feel like you are constraining your freedom when you stop at one or two drinks, or when you don’t drink at all.

But friends, what’s going on when you change your relationship to alcohol is this: you get your freedom back.

When you NEED a drink to feel better?

When you NEED a drink to deal with boredom or the lack of self care?

When you NEED a drink to loosen up or to have fun at a party?

That is NOT freedom.

The truth? Having something like this to work on – whether it’s over-drinking or over-eating or over-binge watching…etc – will help you in the long run. 

Because when you learn to manage your urges, when you learn to address attachment and desire, you learn skills you can apply to any area of your life.

Luckily, there are tools out there, like this podcast, to help give you a boost in that direction;)

In my life coaching programs, I use a lot of tools to help people do things like finally free themselves of anxiety, create the confidence they need to leave the job or the mediocre relationship, or lose the weight they’ve struggled with for years. 

And all those cutting edge tools are based on mind management from Buddhist psychology, applied positive psychology, and brain science.

Turns out – those exact tools work on drinking too!

So I invite you. Take charge and honor that little tug inside you that draws you to this topic. 

:: Find out what resonates with you.

:: Envision what you want out of life and start building the skills necessary to change your habits.

:: Don’t wait to try the tools offered in this episode. Your rebel self can’t afford for you to not GO for it.

If there’s one thing I’d like everyone who wants to drink less and feel free to know, it’s that it is possible to release this unwanted desire to over drink. It is possible to get to where you want to be, to reach those new heights of Jedi magic.

I did it, and I’m here to share how.

In This Episode You’ll Learn:

  • Why, for some, drinking less can be a lot harder than stopping altogether
  • How having this challenge can help you live a more full life.
  • How to stop your ‘drinking thinking’ – and free up more time and energy to put towards living your life to the fullest
  • Some of the brain science behind all this + how to combine it with Buddhist mind management tools to help you honor the ways you want to grow (and act on them)
  • How I used to overdrink as a way to tolerate things in my life that were waaay out of alignment – and how I turned this on its head
  • A bunch of steps you can take RIGHT NOW to drink less and feel free – to be more present for all that this one wild and precious life has to offer


// Read this piece I wrote in Elephant Journal about How to Drink like a Buddhist, and learn the 4 steps that helped me cut back on the booze.

// Learning how to drink less goes hand in hand with learning how to quit buffering. If you missed it, check out Episode 13 on exactly that.

// Alcohol is one of the most common forms of buffering, and can be one of the hardest to recognize or know how to change. Check out my Drink Less, Feel Free training and sign up for FREE to learn the 3 most crucial steps to changing your relationship with alcohol.

// If you want more of this Jedi juice, head over to our Rebel Buddhist Facebook page and join the free private group where important conversations are happening in a safe place. There’s a weekly FB live called Wake the F*ck Up Wednesday, and it’s a place where you can ask questions that come up as you do this work – in all parts of your life.

// Enrollment is currently closed for Freedom School, my one-of-a-kind membership program that helps you free your mind and free your life. If you want to be the first to know when enrollment opens, go here to get on the waitlist.