As I draw closer to the end of the theme on recovery, author Annie Grace joins me on the show! Annie is the author of “This Naked Mind: Control Alcohol, Find Freedom, Discover Happiness & Change Your Life” and “The Alcohol Experiment: A 30-day, Alcohol-Free Challenge to Interrupt Your Habits and Help You Take Control.” Her work has made a significant impact on the way many approaches living an alcohol-free life.
In this episode, we cover a range of topics, including why willpower isn't effective when trying to stop drinking, the backstory behind her work, “This Naked Mind,” and how Annie's approach to changing the role of alcohol in her life differs from traditional recovery programs. We also delve into the ways alcohol increases anxiety and the societal trend of “mommy wine drinking.”
This is a must-listen episode for anyone interested in rethinking their relationship with alcohol or supporting loved ones who are navigating their own recovery journey.
- Why willpower does not work if you want to stop drinking (11:51)
- The origin story of “This Naked Mind” (12:51)
- How does changing the role of alcohol in Annie’s life differ from other recovery programs (15:32)
- Some of the ways that alcohol increases anxiety (24:55)
- The culture of mommy wine-drinking (35:43)
- Misconceptions and stigma about non-drinkers (42:48)
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Annie Grace is the author of This Naked Mind: Control Alcohol, Find Freedom, Discover Happiness & Change Your Life and The Alcohol Experiment: A 30-day, Alcohol-Free Challenge to Interrupt Your Habits and Help You Take Control. She grew up outside Aspen, Colorado, in a one-room log cabin without running water or electricity. Having discovered a passion for marketing, Annie Grace earned a Masters of Science (Marketing) and dove into corporate life. As the youngest vice president in a multinational company at the age of 26, her drinking career began in earnest. At 35, in a global C-level marketing role, she was responsible for marketing in 28 countries; she was drinking almost two bottles of wine a night. Knowing she needed a change but unwilling to submit to a life of deprivation and stigma, Annie Grace embarked on a journey to painlessly gain control of alcohol — for her that process resulted in no longer wanting to drink. Never happier, she left her executive role to write and share This Naked Mind with the world. In her free time, she loves to ski, travel (26 countries and counting), and enjoy her beautiful family. Annie Grace lives with her husband and three children in the Colorado mountains.
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