Choosing to alter your relationship with alcohol and drink moderately can be achieved through mindfulness and deliberate behavior modifications. Mindfulness allows you to become aware of your ongoing moment-to-moment experience. It is the opposite of “checking out.” When you choose to tune in to the present moment and tap into your ability to increase self-awareness, changes in problematic drinking habits can occur.
Mindfulness acts as a well-lit mirror turned upon the self. It allows you to see yourself and reality exactly as they are. If the idea of casting the bright light of mindfulness onto your drinking habits makes you uncomfortable, it is worth asking yourself exactly what it is that you are afraid to see. Mindfulness does not create anything that isn’t already present. It is a tool that enables you to see things exactly as they are. When being mindful, you make no attempts to judge or change reality – you simply accept it. Once you see things clearly and accept them for what they are, you are in the position to assess what you would like to see change.
So for me the mindfulness only came out when I stopped drinking as I liked to get ‘mindlessly drunk’. As lovely as the idea of mindful drinking sounds it is also an oxymoron as alcohol reduces inhibitions so works to pull you in completely the opposite direction. Nice idea – never gonna work for me and quite frankly I’m mad enough as it is! 😉