No one is interested in getting less inspiration, and for those who are set on improving their life by detoxifying, alcohol is one of the top targets for reduction as an impediment to health and self-knowledge. Alcohol consumption has been shown to reduce the quality of consciousness and to increase the likelihood of distraction. This, alongside alcohol’s physically harming properties, means that it is prudent to cut down on one’s intake in order to become a more productive and mentally healthy person.
A study by Michael A. Sayette, Erik D. Reichle, and Jonathan W. Schooler found that alcohol noticeably reduces the ability of subjects to concentrate on a certain task. For their experiment, the researchers split a group of males into two, having one drink an alcoholic beverage and the other a placebo, they then had the subjects perform a test which measured the length of attention span and the individual’s awareness of their own attention. The researchers found that the men experienced an increased tendency for their mind to wander off task if they had consumed alcohol; in addition, those who consumed alcohol were less aware that their minds were wandering. As such, alcohol intake represents a blurring of the potential clarity of the human mind and therefore decreased cognitive ability at work and in other areas of life. Meaning, therefore, that reducing alcohol is an assured way to be more inspired.
There are a number of effective methods through which individuals cut down their intake. Social drinking is a form of pressure which can often encourage people who would not otherwise do so to consume alcohol. However, this problem presents a counter-action in that by cutting down together as groups or as couples, communal good practice can reinforce itself. Group habits can often lead to unintentional drinking, so by planning ahead – such as by arranging to go for a peaceful walk after dinner rather than to stay on for drinks – it’s possible to create good habits which can avoid poor health and nurture inspiration. Socializing after work with colleagues can be an important part of forming a team and working effectively, though this often involves drinking. One may find, however, that co-workers are happy to go somewhere other than a bar and to drink non-alcoholic beverages – it’s all about making the suggestion.
If an individual’s alcohol-use becomes serious, they may require formal treatment in order to resolve their habit and regain their health. This process will normally take place in a detox or treatment center, where patients will be able to quit drinking in a safe and supervised environment, where they can access the care they need in order to undergo the often strenuous process of giving up alcohol. Kentucky alcoholism prevention and recovery is an example of innovation within this field, where more personable and social schemes like the Women in Recovery from Addiction Program operate. This system provides a treatment environment which is far more creative than usual, with an 83% success-rate in helping individuals to quit alcohol and move onto a more peaceful and healthy life. Homelessness, which is closely related to alcoholism, is a reality for 39% of those who enter the program, but drops to 8% six months after their discharge.
Meditation, also, has been observed as an effective way to assist people who wish to cut down on their alcohol use. Researchers found that ‘mindfulness’ meditation (where participants work to become aware of their own thoughts) can be a powerful tool when confronting people’s cravings and habits surrounding drinking. For example, participants used a ‘surfing’ technique within their meditation to observe their need for alcohol, understanding and acknowledging its presence, imagining that they are surfing the wave of alcohol-craving rather than being swamped by it. The trial found that participants were able to quit alcohol for 95% of the trial period, while 47% of the participants were able to stop drinking totally.
The strong desire to be a successful and productive person can sometimes lead to stress, which, in turn, can cause people to turn to alcohol – an especially prevalent problem in tough economic times. This means that the need for people to understand themselves and to attain clear thinking through health and mindfulness is paramount currently. By controlling one’s habits, especially concerning alcohol, it should be possible for individuals to become more efficient and more inspired in their creative lives.
Submitted by Lisa Bonet