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Do you ever say, "I'm never drinking again!", but then you drink again? There are many reasons why this happens, and none of them are that we're weak-willed losers. Gill was a daily drinker who had it all together. She had a good marriage and a job as a biochemist. On the outside her drinking appeared to not be that bad, but on the inside she suffered with massive anxiety and suicidal thoughts. Pushed to her breaking point, she accepted she is not someone who can ever drink. With a BS in Chemistry and a MS in Biology she set out on a quest to understand why she developed a drinking problem and other people don't. In the Sober Powered Podcast, you'll learn why it's so hard to stop drinking and why alcohol causes your personal brand of misery.

Sober Powered Gillian Tietz

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    • 4.9 • 204 Ratings

Do you ever say, "I'm never drinking again!", but then you drink again? There are many reasons why this happens, and none of them are that we're weak-willed losers. Gill was a daily drinker who had it all together. She had a good marriage and a job as a biochemist. On the outside her drinking appeared to not be that bad, but on the inside she suffered with massive anxiety and suicidal thoughts. Pushed to her breaking point, she accepted she is not someone who can ever drink. With a BS in Chemistry and a MS in Biology she set out on a quest to understand why she developed a drinking problem and other people don't. In the Sober Powered Podcast, you'll learn why it's so hard to stop drinking and why alcohol causes your personal brand of misery.

    E70: How the Brain Balances Reward and Consequences

    E70: How the Brain Balances Reward and Consequences

    Gill discusses the balance between how we believe alcohol is benefitting us and the consequences it's bringing to our lives. This balance is what helps moderate drinkers know when to stop, but sometimes this balance can be disrupted and the negative consequences just don’t seem to be that bad. In this episode you’ll learn about how the brain balances reward and consequences, and some ways this balance can be disrupted to increase the risk of developing a problem with alcohol.

    What to listen to next:
    E54: Neuroplasticity and Using Alcohol to Escape or Numb Out
    E68: How Alcohol Abuse Changes the Way We Make Decisions
    E55: How to Power Through When You Want to Give Up
    E30: Gray Area Drinkers (and positive alcohol expectancies)

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    • 14 min
    E69: Alcohol Shrinks the Brain... But What Does That Mean?

    E69: Alcohol Shrinks the Brain... But What Does That Mean?

    Gill discusses how alcohol shrinks the brain and what that actually means. She explains how alcohol shrinks the brain, how this impacts our cognitive function, and how the brain recovers with sobriety. You’ll learn about some genetic factors that make us more vulnerable to abusing alcohol and what happens when alcohol causes permanent brain damage.

    What to listen to next:

    E26: Does the Brain Recover?
    E17: Alcohol and the Heart
    E11: Endorphins and Opioid Receptors

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    Sources are posted here.
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    Disclaimer: all of the information described in this podcast is my interpretation of the research combined with my opinion.
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    • 15 min
    E68: How Alcohol Abuse Changes the Way We Make Decisions

    E68: How Alcohol Abuse Changes the Way We Make Decisions

    Gill discusses decision making. She explains how the damage alcohol abuse causes to the brain relates to damage caused by a type of traumatic brain injury. You’ll learn how the brain makes decisions, how alcohol abuse changes our decision making, and what you can do to make better decisions and protect your sobriety.

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    Check out my new YouTube channel, new videos every other Tuesday.  Please subscribe!
     
    Sources are posted here.
    Follow Sober Powered on Instagram for more education and inspiration
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    And if you're enjoying this podcast, please use this link to leave a review on iTunes.  This podcast takes so much effort and work to create, and each review increases the possibility that this podcast can be seen by people who may need it.  
    Disclaimer: all of the information described in this podcast is my interpretation of the research combined with my opinion.
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    • 16 min
    E67: How Alcohol Impacts Cortisol and Causes Cravings

    E67: How Alcohol Impacts Cortisol and Causes Cravings

    Gill discusses stress, cortisol and cravings. She explain how our stress response system works, and how alcohol changes this response and our hormones. You’ll learn how alcohol impacts our cortisol levels, how this impacts our cravings for alcohol, and what this means for people trying to stay sober. At the end of this episode you'll see how this topic connects to a lot of other things we’ve discussed on this podcast. This is an episode you don't want to miss!

    Episodes to listen to next
    E40: Why Are We So Angry?
    E51: Why We Crave Alcohol and What to Do About It

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    Disclaimer: all of the information described in this podcast is my interpretation of the research combined with my opinion.
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    • 18 min
    E66: What Increases Our Risk of Relapse

    E66: What Increases Our Risk of Relapse

    Gill discusses what increases our risk of relapsing. She explains how alcohol changes the brain to make it harder to not drink, so we’ll talk about changes to the reward center, how the brain communicates with itself, and how we are able to handle stress. You’ll learn how hope and the way you deal with things helps you stay sober too.

    What to listen to next:
    E26: Does the brain recover?E42: Is relapse a part of recovery?E46: Neuroplasticity helps us recover
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    Exact Nature is giving you 20% off all of your future orders with the code SP20.  Click here to learn more or visit www.exactnature.comGruvi is giving you 10% off your first order with the code POWER10. Click here to learn more https://www.getgruvi.com/?utm_source=social&utm_medium=podcast&utm_campaign=gilltietz 
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    Key takeaways and sources are posted here.
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    And if you're enjoying this podcast, please use this link to leave a review on iTunes.  This podcast takes so much effort and work to create, and each review increases the possibility that this podcast can be seen by people who may need it.  
    Disclaimer: all of the information described in this podcast is my interpretation of the research combined with my opinion.
    Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/soberpowered)

    • 15 min
    E65: What Happens to the Body When You Binge Drink

    E65: What Happens to the Body When You Binge Drink

    Gill discusses what happens when you binge drink. She explains the effects binge drinking has on different parts of the body, and you’ll learn more about alcohol overdose poisoning. At the end of the episode she shares a story of a family friend who experienced alcohol overdose poisoning.

    As a listener of Sober Powered you get special discounts from my sponsors!
    Exact Nature is giving you 20% off all of your future orders with the code SP20.  Click here to learn more or visit www.exactnature.comGruvi is giving you 10% off your first order with the code POWER10. Click here to learn more https://www.getgruvi.com/?utm_source=social&utm_medium=podcast&utm_campaign=gilltietz 
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    Key takeaways and sources are posted here.
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    And if you're enjoying this podcast, please use this link to leave a review on iTunes.  This podcast takes so much effort and work to create, and each review increases the possibility that this podcast can be seen by people who may need it.  
    Disclaimer: all of the information described in this podcast is my interpretation of the research combined with my opinion.
    Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/soberpowered)

    • 16 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
204 Ratings

204 Ratings

Kitkate387 ,

So good

Love listening to Gill and her insights! She’s smart, relatable, and breaks things down in a way that makes them so easy to understand. Thanks, Gill!!

Abs_35 ,

Knowledge is Power

I love Gil and her podcast because it helps me personally so much to be able to understand things. Knowing what alcohol is doing to my body & brain help empower me to staying sober! Thank you for all you provide Gil! 💜

xxoo Amber
👩🏼‍🌾The Sober Nutrition Coach

SuziMali ,

Excellent

So informative! Even if you aren’t trying to get sober it’s a great listen to hear the effects of what alcohol does to the body

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