Curious About Going Alcohol-Free? Here Are the Surprising Results

Jenna Kutcher 

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April 10, 2023


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Alcohol has been a part of our society for centuries, but in recent years, more and more people are beginning to recognize that it may not be serving them. This is the topic that Karolina Rzadkowolska, an expert in the alcohol-free movement, discussed with me on Goal Digger.

In our conversation, Karolina explains that historically, alcohol has been seen as either a problem or something that doesn’t have a problem. However, now people are starting to realize that there is no safe amount of alcohol to drink and that it can be problematic for everyone. She advocates for people to use their own intuition to decide what role they want alcohol to play in their life.

Karolina also shared her own personal experience with alcohol. She started drinking in high school and college as a rite of passage, but soon realized that she was drinking too much. She then began to push all her drinking into the weekends, living a healthy lifestyle during the week. But every Monday morning, she would wake up feeling groggy, exhausted, and emotionally low.

Karolina’s story highlights the importance of recognizing that alcohol may not always be serving us. It’s important to take a step back and ask ourselves: Is alcohol really serving my health goals, business goals, soul, and mind?

It takes courage to look at something that everyone does and question if it’s really benefiting us. 

Ultimately, it is up to each individual to decide how alcohol fits into their life. But it’s important to remember that alcohol may not always be serving us and to be mindful of how much we are drinking.

Explore Life without Alcohol

Taking a break from alcohol can be a great way to explore life without it and to see how it affects us. This was the case for Karolina when she decided to take part in Dry January in 2018. Like many of us, Karolina had been drinking since the age of 18 and wanted to minimize alcohol in her life, but I found it difficult to do so. Every time she looked at my social calendar, there was an event that prevented her from taking a break… Can you relate? However, Dry January gave Karolina the opportunity to take a break from alcohol without having to explain why or put a label on herself.. 

In just a few short weeks, Karolina noticed many positive changes without alcohol. Her sleep improved, her energy levels increased, and her mood was elevated. She felt more gratitude and appreciation for nature and felt like she was finally able to experience her natural adult body without alcohol. 

However, when February came around, Karolina found herself drinking again. Even two drinks would ruin her sleep and she quickly noticed how her mood would dip after the initial buzz. This was her awakening that alcohol was not the fun, magical elixir she thought it was since she was a teenager.

That’s when Karolina decided to take another break from alcohol and have been doing so ever since. Her health has improved, and she has been able to explore her life in a way that brings her fulfillment and meaning. 

I think it is important to remember that it is ok to take a break from alcohol and that it does not mean there is something wrong with us. It is possible to explore life without alcohol and experience the many benefits it can bring.

Choose Sobriety for Yourself

In a society where alcohol is so commonly accepted, it can be difficult to choose sobriety for oneself. We often hear objections from friends and family such as “what will I say?” or “how will I enjoy myself?”. We also hear that drinking is something that is shared with partners and that if one partner wants to change, it could lead to a rift in the relationship. These are all valid concerns, but it is important to remember that it is ok to choose sobriety for ourselves. 

It is also important to recognize the power of social conditioning when it comes to alcohol. We are often told that drinking makes us feel sophisticated, glamorous, or part of a tribe. However, alcohol is essentially a toxic fermented beverage and that we have added so much meaning and associations to it in our society. 

When we choose sobriety for ourselves, it can also make those around us feel guilty. But remember: we are choosing this for ourselves. We should not let the objections of others stand in our way, and we should not feel guilty for making this decision for ourselves, our businesses, and our families!

Alcohol Impedes Clarity

Alcohol is a substance that can be enjoyable in moderation, but it can also impede clarity. When we drink, it can affect our decision-making ability, our ability to think clearly, and our ability to focus on our goals. It can also have an impact on our relationships with others, as it can lead to tension and arguments. Finally, it can also lead to feelings of guilt and insecurity. 

When we choose to take a break from alcohol, we can experience a newfound clarity that can help us to achieve our goals and be our best selves. We can be more productive and creative, and we can be more focused and motivated. We can also become more aware of our feelings, as well as be more in touch with our intuition, which helps us to make decisions that are right for us. 

Reduce Alcohol for Better Health

From a physical standpoint, reducing alcohol consumption can lead to improved sleep, more energy, and improved overall health. Alcohol releases cortisol in our bodies, which is a stress hormone, and it can also lead to the release of dynorphin, which is a neurotransmitter that can make us feel low and sad. When we reduce our alcohol intake, our stress hormone levels go down, and our receptivity to dopamine and serotonin levels go up. Alcohol can also have long-term effects on our bodies, such as the low mood and anxiety we experience the day after drinking.

On a mental level, reducing alcohol consumption can lead to improved clarity and focus, as well as more mental energy to put towards creative endeavors. When we drink alcohol, it can take up a lot of our mental energy, which can prevent us from using our mental energy to create amazing things in the world. Reducing alcohol can also help us to reconnect with our intuition and inner wisdom, which can lead to more confidence and courage to pursue our goals.

Listen to Your Inner Wisdom

Listening to our inner wisdom is key to making decisions that will help us reach our personal and business goals. When we take a break from alcohol, we can start to recognize our own inner voice and listen to what it is telling us. This can be a difficult process, as we may have been used to numbing our feelings with alcohol and may have been used to making decisions that were not necessarily in our best interests. However, once we start to make conscious decisions that are in line with our own inner wisdom, we can start to make progress and move towards our goals.

Making the decision to reduce alcohol consumption can lead to a newfound sense of identity. We may start to see ourselves in a different light and may start to recognize our own strength and courage. It is important to remember that we are capable of achieving our dreams and that we can do anything we set our minds to. This newfound sense of identity can lead to a newfound sense of confidence and can help us to take the necessary steps to reach our goals. 

It is important to remember that we all have dreams and that we are capable of achieving them. Making the decision to reduce alcohol consumption can open the door to new opportunities and possibilities!

Explore an Alcohol-Free Lifestyle

Are you ready to explore an alcohol-free lifestyle? It may sound daunting to stop altogether, so one way to start is to simply take a break from drinking. This can be a great way to experience the benefits of sobriety, reset our habits and to start to build a healthier relationship with alcohol. 

Another way to explore an alcohol-free lifestyle is to start asking questions. I hope this episode encourages you to ask yourself what your beliefs are about alcohol, to consider why we drink, and to see how alcohol fits into your overall mission for your life.

If you make the decision to step away from drinking, you’ll see your sleep and energy levels improve, your self-esteem and self-love will be restored, and your relationships will change for the better. Your days will be more productive, your moods will improve, and you will become more mindful and conscious of our decisions!

It is important to remember that we all have the power to choose our own path. We can decide what works best for us and make decisions that are in line with our values and our dreams. Taking a break from drinking can be a great way to explore what life looks like without alcohol and to start to make changes that are meaningful and lasting.

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