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“You cannot find peace by avoiding life.” —Virginia Woolf”
Annie Grace, This Naked Mind
“Alcohol erases a bit of you every time you drink it. It can even erase entire nights when you are on a binge. Alcohol does not relieve stress; it erases your senses and your ability to think. Alcohol ultimately erases your self.”
Annie Grace, This Naked Mind
“Our society not only encourages drinking—it takes issue with people who don’t drink.”
Annie Grace, This Naked Mind: Control Alcohol, Find Freedom, Discover Happiness & Change Your Life
“if alcohol made you happy, every time you drank you should be full of happiness. Let me ask you, from a purely physiological perspective, how could alcohol possibly make you happy? The effect of alcohol is to deaden all of your senses, to numb you, to inebriate you. If you are numb, how can you feel anything, happiness included? Surely you are not happy every time you drink. None of us are proud of everything we have said or done while drinking. Yet in the moment we believe we are on top of the world, saying and doing anything we please, deluding ourselves into thinking it’s making us happy. Are you happy when the room starts to spin, or your dinner comes back up? Is the drunk on the street in Vegas who has lost his home and his family to booze truly happy? You might take issue with this and tell me that”
Annie Grace, This Naked Mind: Control Alcohol, Find Freedom, Discover Happiness & Change Your Life
“Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.” – Rumi”
Annie Grace, This Naked Mind: Control Alcohol: Find Freedom, Discover Happiness & Change Your Life
“First you take a drink, then the drink takes a drink, then the drink takes you.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald”
Annie Grace, This Naked Mind: Control Alcohol: Find Freedom, Discover Happiness & Change Your Life
“You drink to get the feeling of peace that someone who is not dependent on alcohol always feels.”
Annie Grace, This Naked Mind: Control Alcohol, Find Freedom, Discover Happiness & Change Your Life
“Scratching an itch is pleasurable, but you would never purposely sit in poison ivy just to scratch your ass.”
Annie Grace, This Naked Mind: Control Alcohol, Find Freedom, Discover Happiness & Change Your Life
“No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.” —Buddha”
Annie Grace, This Naked Mind: Control Alcohol, Find Freedom, Discover Happiness & Change Your Life
“It wasn’t that there was always a reason to drink. It was just that there was never a reason not to.”
Annie Grace, This Naked Mind
“The reality, when the sexy advertisements have been stripped away, is that the actual product is ethanol.122 It is a horrible-tasting, addictive poison. So we sweeten it with sugar and flavoring or process it to make it more palatable.”
Annie Grace, This Naked Mind
“You drink to end the distress. The drink itself does not provide enjoyment, but you sincerely enjoy ending the nuisance of wanting a drink. The relief is so strong you feel happy, even giddy. You drink to get the feeling of peace that someone who is not dependent on alcohol always feels.”
Annie Grace, This Naked Mind
“Vale goes on to say, “When you stop putting a poison like alcohol in your body, it literally breathes a sigh of relief.”171”
Annie Grace, This Naked Mind
“For simplicity, let’s define addiction this way: doing something on a regular basis that you do not want to be doing. Or doing something more often than you would like to be doing it, yet being unable to easily stop or cut back. Basically, it’s having two competing priorities, wanting to do more and less of something at the same time. The”
Annie Grace, This Naked Mind: Control Alcohol, Find Freedom, Discover Happiness & Change Your Life
“Adages about drinking found hanging in so many households illustrate”
Annie Grace, This Naked Mind: Control Alcohol: Find Freedom, Discover Happiness & Change Your Life
“After all, alcohol is the only drug on earth you have to justify not taking.”
Annie Grace, This Naked Mind
“Existentialist psychotherapist Irvin D. Yalom identified what he calls humans’ ultimate concerns: death, isolation (loneliness), freedom, and meaning.118 These concerns reflect our deep fundamental needs. We search to understand the meaning of life, but no question provokes more debate. We feel desperate to experience gratification, so much so that we often rob ourselves of it by overindulging”
Annie Grace, This Naked Mind: Control Alcohol, Find Freedom, Discover Happiness & Change Your Life
“Unconscious learning happens automatically and unintentionally through experiences, observations, conditioning, and practice.4 We’ve been conditioned to believe we enjoy drinking. We think it enhances our social life and relieves boredom and stress. We believe these things below our conscious awareness. This is why, even after we consciously acknowledge that alcohol takes more than it gives, we retain the desire to drink.”
Annie Grace, This Naked Mind: Control Alcohol, Find Freedom, Discover Happiness & Change Your Life
“Dr. Mark Schaller, a psychologist at the University of British Columbia, says, “Sometimes nonconscious effects can be bigger in sheer magnitude than conscious ones, because we can’t moderate stuff we don’t have conscious access to.”114”
Annie Grace, This Naked Mind
“First you take a drink, then the drink takes a drink, then the drink takes you.” —F. Scott Fitzgerald”
Annie Grace, This Naked Mind
“Addiction begins with the hope that something ‘out there’ can instantly fill up the emptiness inside.” —Jean Kilbourne”
Annie Grace, This Naked Mind
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” —Nelson Mandela”
Annie Grace, This Naked Mind
“Since the product is actually poison, advertisers need to overcome your instinctual aversion. That’s a big hill for alcohol advertisements to climb, which is why the absolute best marketing firms on the globe, firms with psychologists and human behavior specialists on staff, are hired to create the ads. These marketers know that the most effective sale is an emotional sale, one that plays on your deepest fears, your ultimate concerns.”
Annie Grace, This Naked Mind: Control Alcohol, Find Freedom, Discover Happiness & Change Your Life
“Alcohol is the only drug on earth you have to justify NOT taking (Page xix)”
Annie Grace, This Naked Mind: Alcohol Exposed Drink Less, Find Freedom, Discover Happiness And Change Your Life.
“As Charles Duhigg demonstrates in his book The Power of Habit, willpower is a muscle that fatigues and eventually runs out.156 Eventually, after a hard day, you get frustrated, your willpower muscle weakens, and you decide to have just one.”
Annie Grace, This Naked Mind
“When I thought about it, I realized I didn’t want a drink. Mental peace is having no distress. It is a feeling you can never achieve with a drug. If you are truly happy and relaxed, you have no”
Annie Grace, This Naked Mind: Control Alcohol, Find Freedom, Discover Happiness & Change Your Life
“In any given moment, the more you focus on one aspect of your experience, the less you notice everything else.”
Annie Grace, This Naked Mind: Control Alcohol, Find Freedom, Discover Happiness & Change Your Life
“Vale says, “The beautiful truth is that you won’t need to find different ways to relax as you will be far more relaxed as a non-drinker anyway.”
Annie Grace, This Naked Mind
“But when you completely change your mental (conscious and unconscious) perspective on alcohol, you begin to see the truth about drinking. When this happens, no willpower is required, and it becomes a joy not to drink. This is the mystery of spontaneous sobriety, which we will talk about after our next Liminal Point.”
Annie Grace, This Naked Mind
“Alcohol has the same cancer-causing effects as asbestos,123 and just three drinks per week can increase a woman’s chance of developing breast cancer by 15%,124 yet there are no labeling requirements whatsoever. Yet compared to other drugs (illegal, legal, and prescription), alcohol bears the highest harm rating.”
Annie Grace, This Naked Mind

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