Breaking an "Unbreakable" Drinking Habit


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This week on the podcast Molly is talking about how the habit of drinking works in the brain and why this habit seemed "unbreakable" in her own life.

She shares the science of alcohol and how it impacts neurotransmitters including dopamine, the "feel good" cheminal in our brains and is responsible for motivating us to keep doing whatever we're doing that released it. The paradox with alcohol is that it also acts as a depressant, so it simlutaneously makes us feel good and feel bad at the same time.

To change our drinking habit we rely on another aspect of neuroscience and that is neuroplasticity. Your brain can create new neural pathways and to do that you need to think better thoughts.

Molly also shares why urges and cravings do not mean that anything has gone wrong, and why learning to allow and urge or craving is actually what willpower is all about. You don't have to grit your teeth and resist the urge to drink for the rest of your life.

Resources mentioned:

Atomic Habits

The Power of Habit

Live HAPPIER Longer Podcast: The Science of Habits

Live HAPPIER Longer Podcast: How to Build a New Habit

Live HAPPIER Longer Podcast: How to Break Habits that Don't Serve You

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