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I’m doing Dryuary again this year, and of course went to a Christmas party last night and came home with 4 bottles of alcohol as gifts. Ah hahahah!
My quest for new and better coping mechanisms to replace my drinking has led me to taking up regular exercise. It’s known to be mood-altering, so much so, that it’s one of the few proven treatments for anxiety and depression. I can’t help but see some similarity in my workouts and my moderation.
I’m a procrastinator. It’s actually a miracle I’m writing this article, but I owe my success with writing to the fact that I learned to get started with drinking less. Dealing with my drinking has helped me learn to figure out where to start with other things.
Louis CK has a skit on gaining weight where he talks about stepping on the scale and reaches a point where he finally has a reaction. After noticing his pants getting tight, and being vaguely aware of eating until he hates himself, he calls it the ‘hell no’ weight. Right up until you reach that…
Addiction theory talks about the ‘anywhere, anytime, at any cost’ aspect of the problem behaviour. In fact, doing something despite the harmful consequences is one of the cornerstones of addiction diagnosis. However, one of the best tools to fight over-drinking habits is simply making it inconvenient.
I’m adding this article looking at how addiction happens in a learning environment, and that the process of getting addicted is pretty similar to a learning disorder where we use a single tool to cope with the challenges we face at the expense of learning alternative methods of coping. The reverse is true of moderation…