18. How We Go from Liking to Wanting to Needing Alcohol

September 19, 2020

Tribe Sober – Inspiring an Alcohol-free Life!

After running Tribe Sober for 5 years and helping hundreds of people to ditch the drink and embrace alcohol-free living, I’ve learned a thing or two.  My biggest insight has been that sharing our stories around alcohol is the most powerful way we can help others – that’s why the heart of this podcast is recovery stories.

We’ve heard some heartwarming stories so far – stories about people becoming dependent on alcohol and then finding their way out of it again.

This week I’m doing a solo episode on the science behind alcohol dependency which underlines the importance of taking a break.

If you’ve missed Sober Spring then drop us a line at janet@nulltribesober.com

We’ll let you know when the next challenge will take place.

In this Episode

  • In our 20’s and 30’s, we tend to be social drinkers – then some of us start using alcohol to cope with stress or loneliness
  • As we get into our 40’s or 50’s, we discover just how bad alcohol is for us – so we try to cut down or stop
  • We discover that this is not so easy to do
  • The harsh truth is that after 20 years of drinking, we are almost certain to develop a dependency on alcohol
  • When we drink, we create an endorphin spike (the buzz) but our brain produces dynorphin to calm it down
  • So we drink more to prolong the buzz, but over time this means that we have to drink more and more to get the same result
  • Three things are happening when we drink – we get an endorphin spike and a dopamine hit
  • Apart from making you feel good, dopamine is the “learning” molecule and will create triggers
  • Eventually your brain will “pre-empt” the trigger and produce dynorphin
  • This will make you feel low and you will need the drink, just to feel normal
  • Eventually our bodies get so reliant on alcohol that we don’t produce dopamine naturally any more
  • The result is that we will lose interest in everyday pleasures – the only thing we enjoy is the artificial boost we get from alcohol
  • That’s the definition of an alcoholic – let us help you get off the slippery slope.  

More info

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Episode Sponsor

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The 11 Year Fact

Did you know that the average dependent drinker will struggle alone for 11 years before reaching out for help?

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