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The Alcohol Minimalist podcast is dedicated to helping habit drinkers and adult children of alcoholics to change their drinking habits and create a peaceful relationship with alcohol: past, present and future.
We are proof positive that you can break unbreakable habits and create a peaceful relationship with alcohol.
Becoming an alcohol minimalist means:
Choosing how to include alcohol in our lives following low-risk guidelines.
Freedom from anxiety around alcohol use.
Less alcohol without feeling deprived.
Using the power of our own brains to overcome our past patterns and choose peace.
The Alcohol Minimalist Podcast explores the science behind alcohol and analyzes physical and mental wellness to empower choice. You have the power to change your relationship with alcohol, you are not sick, broken and it's not your genes!

This show is intended for educational purposes and does not constitute medical advice. If you are physically dependent on alcohol, please seek medical help to reduce your drinking.

The Alcohol Minimalist Podcast Molly Watts

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    • 4.8 • 62 Ratings

The Alcohol Minimalist podcast is dedicated to helping habit drinkers and adult children of alcoholics to change their drinking habits and create a peaceful relationship with alcohol: past, present and future.
We are proof positive that you can break unbreakable habits and create a peaceful relationship with alcohol.
Becoming an alcohol minimalist means:
Choosing how to include alcohol in our lives following low-risk guidelines.
Freedom from anxiety around alcohol use.
Less alcohol without feeling deprived.
Using the power of our own brains to overcome our past patterns and choose peace.
The Alcohol Minimalist Podcast explores the science behind alcohol and analyzes physical and mental wellness to empower choice. You have the power to change your relationship with alcohol, you are not sick, broken and it's not your genes!

This show is intended for educational purposes and does not constitute medical advice. If you are physically dependent on alcohol, please seek medical help to reduce your drinking.

    When You LOVE Drinking Alcohol

    When You LOVE Drinking Alcohol

    This week on the podcast I'm talking about creating a peaceful relationship with alcohol and enjoying it. 
    Four things you need to do: 
    1) Quit telling yourself alcohol is different than other things you enjoy consuming
    2) Make Your Drinks Worth It
    3) Tell the Whole Story
    4) Savor the Experience
    Resources Mentioned: 
    Step One
    Drink: The New Science of Alcohol and Your Health
    Buy Breaking the Bottle Legacy: How to Change Your Drinking Habits and Create A Peaceful Relationship with Alcohol on Amazon or most online retailers. 
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    Join my private FB group Alcohol Minimalists here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/changeyouralcoholhabit
    Has this podcast helped you? Please leave a review wherever you listen to podcasts! 
    Follow me on Instagram: @AlcoholMinimalist 
    Have you grabbed your free e-book, "Alcohol Truths: How Much is Safe?" Get it here. 
    Low risk drinking guidelines from the NIAAA:
    Healthy men under 65:
    No more than 4 drinks in one day and no more than 14 drinks per week.
    Healthy women (all ages) and healthy men 65 and older:
    No more than 3 drinks in one day and no more than 7 drinks per week.
    One drink is defined as 12 ounces of beer, 5 ounces of wine, or 1.5 ounces of 80-proof liquor. So remember that a mixed drink or full glass of wine are probably more than one drink.
    Abstinence from alcohol
    Abstinence from alcohol is the best choice for people who take medication(s) that interact with alcohol, have health conditions that could be exacerbated by alcohol (e.g. liver disease), are pregnant or may become pregnant or have had a problem with alcohol or another substance in the past.
    Benefits of “low-risk” drinking
    Following these guidelines reduces the risk of health problems such as cancer, liver disease, reduced immunity, ulcers, sleep problems, complications of existing conditions, and more. It also reduces the risk of depression, social problems, and difficulties at school or work.
    If you' are unsure about whether or not you have alcohol use disorder, please visit the NIAAA for more information.
     

    • 27 min
    Stop Counting Steps: Creating a PStop Counting Steps: Creating a Peaceful Relationship with Alcohol for Lifeeaceful Relationship with Alcohol for Life

    Stop Counting Steps: Creating a PStop Counting Steps: Creating a Peaceful Relationship with Alcohol for Lifeeaceful Relationship with Alcohol for Life

    This week on the podcast I'm back!
    And talking all about "Steps" and why counting them isn't the answer to creating a peaceful relationship with alcohol.
    Resources Mentioned:
    Step One 
    Buy Breaking the Bottle Legacy: How to Change Your Drinking Habits and Create A Peaceful Relationship with Alcohol on Amazon or most online retailers. 
    US Kindle
    US Paperback
    UK Kindle
    UK Paperback
    Apple Books
    Barnes & Noble
    Kobo
    Join my private FB group Alcohol Minimalists here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/changeyouralcoholhabit
    Has this podcast helped you? Please leave a review wherever you listen to podcasts! 
    Follow me on Instagram: @AlcoholMinimalist 
    Have you grabbed your free e-book, "Alcohol Truths: How Much is Safe?" Get it here. 
    Low risk drinking guidelines from the NIAAA:
    Healthy men under 65:
    No more than 4 drinks in one day and no more than 14 drinks per week.
    Healthy women (all ages) and healthy men 65 and older:
    No more than 3 drinks in one day and no more than 7 drinks per week.
    One drink is defined as 12 ounces of beer, 5 ounces of wine, or 1.5 ounces of 80-proof liquor. So remember that a mixed drink or full glass of wine are probably more than one drink.
    Abstinence from alcohol
    Abstinence from alcohol is the best choice for people who take medication(s) that interact with alcohol, have health conditions that could be exacerbated by alcohol (e.g. liver disease), are pregnant or may become pregnant or have had a problem with alcohol or another substance in the past.
    Benefits of “low-risk” drinking
    Following these guidelines reduces the risk of health problems such as cancer, liver disease, reduced immunity, ulcers, sleep problems, complications of existing conditions, and more. It also reduces the risk of depression, social problems, and difficulties at school or work.
    If you' are unsure about whether or not you have alcohol use disorder, please visit the NIAAA for more information

    • 33 min
    5 Ways to Increase Your Joy from Loretta Breuning, PhD

    5 Ways to Increase Your Joy from Loretta Breuning, PhD

    This week on the podcast, I'm continuing with my Summer Content Series with some great content from Loretta Breuning, PhD of the Inner Mammal Institute. Loretta is an author, podcaster and professor who helps people understand their inner mammal brains with Inner Mammal Method.  From the website www.innermammalinstitute.org :
    "The chemicals that make us feel good are inherited from earlier mammals (dopamine, serotonin, oxytocin, and endorphin). We control them with brain structures we’ve inherited from animals. This limbic system (the amygdala, hippocampus, pituitary, etc.) cannot process language, so it cannot tell you in words why it’s releasing a chemical. You can find you power over your happy chemicals when you understand the job they do in animals.
    It’s hard because our brain is wired by early experience. We rely on old wiring because it’s so efficient. You can build new neural pathways to turn on your happy chemicals in new ways, and relieve your threat chemicals. It’s takes some effort, but anyone can do it with this step-by-step method."
    Check out the Inner Mammal Institute YouTube channel
    Buy "Habits of a Happy Brain" here .
    This week I'm launching Step One
    Check it out for an early offer that expires August 14th! 
    Buy Breaking the Bottle Legacy: How to Change Your Drinking Habits and Create A Peaceful Relationship with Alcohol on Amazon or most online retailers. 
    US Kindle
    US Paperback
    UK Kindle
    UK Paperback
    Apple Books
    Barnes & Noble
    Kobo
    Join my private FB group Alcohol Minimalists here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/changeyouralcoholhabit
    Has this podcast helped you? Please leave a review wherever you listen to podcasts! 
    Follow me on Instagram: @AlcoholMinimalist 
    Have you grabbed your free e-book, "Alcohol Truths: How Much is Safe?" Get it here. 
    Low risk drinking guidelines from the NIAAA:
    Healthy men under 65:
    No more than 4 drinks in one day and no more than 14 drinks per week.
    Healthy women (all ages) and healthy men 65 and older:
    No more than 3 drinks in one day and no more than 7 drinks per week.
    One drink is defined as 12 ounces of beer, 5 ounces of wine, or 1.5 ounces of 80-proof liquor. So remember that a mixed drink or full glass of wine are probably more than one drink.
    Abstinence from alcohol
    Abstinence from alcohol is the best choice for people who take medication(s) that interact with alcohol, have health conditions that could be exacerbated by alcohol (e.g. liver disease), are pregnant or may become pregnant or have had a problem with alcohol or another substance in the past.
    Benefits of “low-risk” drinking
    Following these guidelines reduces the risk of health problems such as cancer, liver disease, reduced immunity, ulcers, sleep problems, complications of existing conditions, and more. It also reduces the risk of depression, social problems, and difficulties at school or work.
    If you' are unsure about whether or not you have alcohol use disorder, please visit the NIAAA for more information.
     

    • 28 min
    Alcohol Recovery Without AA from Dr. Adi Jaffe

    Alcohol Recovery Without AA from Dr. Adi Jaffe

    This week on the podcast, another in the "Summer Content Series"--this week from Dr. Adi Jaffe. 
    Adi Jaffe, Ph.D. is a #1 best-selling author (The Abstinence Myth) and a nationally recognized expert on mental health, addiction, relationships and shame. He lectured in the UCLA Psychology department for the better part of a decade and was the Executive-Director and Co-Founder of one of the most progressive mental health treatment facilities in the country - until he started IGNTD.
    Dr. Jaffe, through IGNTD, is changing the way people think about, and deal with mental health issues. His passion in the role of shame destroying lives is the philosophy behind IGNTD Recovery and its aim to greatly reduce the stigma of addiction and mental health.
    Dr. Adi Jaffe Ted Talk
    Buy Breaking the Bottle Legacy: How to Change Your Drinking Habits and Create A Peaceful Relationship with Alcohol on Amazon or most online retailers. 
    US Kindle
    US Paperback
    UK Kindle
    UK Paperback
    Apple Books
    Barnes & Noble
    Kobo
    Join my private FB group Alcohol Minimalists here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/changeyouralcoholhabit
    Has this podcast helped you? Please leave a review wherever you listen to podcasts! 
    Follow me on Instagram: @AlcoholMinimalist 
    Have you grabbed your free e-book, "Alcohol Truths: How Much is Safe?" Get it here. 
    Low risk drinking guidelines from the NIAAA:
    Healthy men under 65:
    No more than 4 drinks in one day and no more than 14 drinks per week.
    Healthy women (all ages) and healthy men 65 and older:
    No more than 3 drinks in one day and no more than 7 drinks per week.
    One drink is defined as 12 ounces of beer, 5 ounces of wine, or 1.5 ounces of 80-proof liquor. So remember that a mixed drink or full glass of wine are probably more than one drink.
    Abstinence from alcohol
    Abstinence from alcohol is the best choice for people who take medication(s) that interact with alcohol, have health conditions that could be exacerbated by alcohol (e.g. liver disease), are pregnant or may become pregnant or have had a problem with alcohol or another substance in the past.
    Benefits of “low-risk” drinking
    Following these guidelines reduces the risk of health problems such as cancer, liver disease, reduced immunity, ulcers, sleep problems, complications of existing conditions, and more. It also reduces the risk of depression, social problems, and difficulties at school or work.
    If you' are unsure about whether or not you have alcohol use disorder, please visit the NIAAA for more information.
     

    • 20 min
    How to Drink Less or Stop Drinking: 3 Important Steps to Gain Control Over Alcohol with Katie Lain

    How to Drink Less or Stop Drinking: 3 Important Steps to Gain Control Over Alcohol with Katie Lain

    This is the second episode in my "Summer Content Series".
    The message this week is from Katie Lain from Thrive Alcohol Recovery. 
    Katie's message shares a perspective from The Sinclair Method and it's a resource that I want you to consider especially if you are struggling with gaining control of binge drinking. 
    In this message, Katie shares her take on three important steps you should take to stop overdrinking.
    1) Rethink Recovery
    2)Use the Right Tools
    3) Focus on Your Future Self
    To learn more about the Thrive Community please check them out here.
    Thrive Alcohol Recovery Freedom Program
    Buy Breaking the Bottle Legacy: How to Change Your Drinking Habits and Create A Peaceful Relationship with Alcohol on Amazon or most online retailers. 
    US Kindle
    US Paperback
    UK Kindle
    UK Paperback
    Apple Books
    Barnes & Noble
    Kobo
    Join my private FB group Alcohol Minimalists here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/changeyouralcoholhabit
    Has this podcast helped you? Please leave a review wherever you listen to podcasts! 
    Follow me on Instagram: @AlcoholMinimalist 
    Have you grabbed your free e-book, "Alcohol Truths: How Much is Safe?" Get it here. 
    Low risk drinking guidelines from the NIAAA:
    Healthy men under 65:
    No more than 4 drinks in one day and no more than 14 drinks per week.
    Healthy women (all ages) and healthy men 65 and older:
    No more than 3 drinks in one day and no more than 7 drinks per week.
    One drink is defined as 12 ounces of beer, 5 ounces of wine, or 1.5 ounces of 80-proof liquor. So remember that a mixed drink or full glass of wine are probably more than one drink.
    Abstinence from alcohol
    Abstinence from alcohol is the best choice for people who take medication(s) that interact with alcohol, have health conditions that could be exacerbated by alcohol (e.g. liver disease), are pregnant or may become pregnant or have had a problem with alcohol or another substance in the past.
    Benefits of “low-risk” drinking
    Following these guidelines reduces the risk of health problems such as cancer, liver disease, reduced immunity, ulcers, sleep problems, complications of existing conditions, and more. It also reduces the risk of depression, social problems, and difficulties at school or work.
    If you' are unsure about whether or not you have alcohol use disorder, please visit the NIAAA for more information.
     

    • 20 min
    What it Takes To Change

    What it Takes To Change

    This week on the podcast, I'm beginning my "Summer Content Series" with guest content from some of my favorite mentors, podcasters, and authors.   This episode of the Primal Potential podcast is shared with the permission of Elizabeth Benton.  


    Elizabeth, and her book Chasing Cupcakes were instrumental in my journey to change my relationship with alcohol. The Primal Potential podcast is one of my go-to podcasts as well and this particular episode is one that I re-listen to often. 
    What it really takes to change your life is a willingness to do the work when you want to do it the least. 
    Visit Elizabeth at www.primalpotential.com 
    Interested in Step One? 
    Buy Breaking the Bottle Legacy: How to Change Your Drinking Habits and Create A Peaceful Relationship with Alcohol on Amazon or most online retailers. 
    US Kindle
    US Paperback
    UK Kindle
    UK Paperback
    Apple Books
    Barnes & Noble
    Kobo
    Join my private FB group Alcohol Minimalists here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/changeyouralcoholhabit
    Has this podcast helped you? Please leave a review wherever you listen to podcasts! 
    Follow me on Instagram: @AlcoholMinimalist 
    Have you grabbed your free e-book, "Alcohol Truths: How Much is Safe?" Get it here. 
    Low risk drinking guidelines from the NIAAA:
    Healthy men under 65:
    No more than 4 drinks in one day and no more than 14 drinks per week.
    Healthy women (all ages) and healthy men 65 and older:
    No more than 3 drinks in one day and no more than 7 drinks per week.
    One drink is defined as 12 ounces of beer, 5 ounces of wine, or 1.5 ounces of 80-proof liquor. So remember that a mixed drink or full glass of wine are probably more than one drink.
    Abstinence from alcohol
    Abstinence from alcohol is the best choice for people who take medication(s) that interact with alcohol, have health conditions that could be exacerbated by alcohol (e.g. liver disease), are pregnant or may become pregnant or have had a problem with alcohol or another substance in the past.
    Benefits of “low-risk” drinking
    Following these guidelines reduces the risk of health problems such as cancer, liver disease, reduced immunity, ulcers, sleep problems, complications of existing conditions, and more. It also reduces the risk of depression, social problems, and difficulties at school or work.
    If you' are unsure about whether or not you have alcohol use disorder, please visit the NIAAA for more information.
     

    • 22 min

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62 Ratings

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I listen to a lot of podcasts… mostly sober/sober curious. What I love about Molly Watts is she doesn’t preach that quitting is the only way to go. Other podcasts I listen to mainly focus on quitting forever, even if they don’t come right out and say that at first. Molly has lots of valuable info on responsible drinking and lives the life she talks about on the show. There is no shame or guilt, just honest facts and we can do what we want with them. I look forward to each new episode and haven’t been disappointed yet!

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