I had been unhappy for a long time in my life. I never 'accepted' the things I could not change and moved on. I had trouble focusing on the positive elements in life, being grateful for what I had.
My stress management tool kit, it was small. Mostly a medication I took often, but in modest doses all along my life journey for decades. It is called alcohol. When life was good, and stress was not so bad, it fit well, I functioned well. When things got bad in my head, every day, every month, every year... the need for more medication arose.
So in traveling down the life highway, I suddenly find myself sideswiped by the (metaphorical) alcohol truck. Major losses, almost dead, stunned ... asking 'what the hell just happened"?
Spirituality and inner peace were missing in my life. Human beings strive towards some greater being, it's in our nature. When that is missing, we thrive on self ego and material items. We feed our cravings and dopamine addictions in so many bad ways. In doing this, we lose site of helping others, and feeling the warm rush of natural Oxytocin - that feeling of warmth when you hug someone you love. A great video on this here.
So into action, with this new knowledge, I sprang out Bills Blend Coffee, which will keep me distributing recovery books that promote this healing spirituality, dealing with the past and removing resentments and coping with today. Great for me personally, my shot of Oyytocin in every book. It will hopefully helps many others in a small way, the one percent of the population already affected.
But what about the other 99% of the world, "not affected"?
Well - they ARE in fact affected. Alcohol abuse costs every American on average about $700 a year. A $224 Billion dollar annual problem in the US alone. Over 80,000 people die every year from alcohol, personally affecting countless millions of people.
On a more local level, we see the pervasiveness. On any given Sunday afternoon, in my home town, there are more than two dozen places to get your alcohol fix. Liquor stores in my life are now open more that twice as long in a given week. We are addicted to alcohol, the state government is addicted to money. It's a perfect symbiosis.
Time to turn down the volume a bit?
I created Sober World.org to help educate. To consistently push that message about turning down the volume of consumption; leveraging the music community who is deeply affected by this disease.
I have a vision - beyond all the individual reports and groups and raising my hand and saying more overall... "Hey, can we turn down the volume" a bit on consumption?
No new legislation, no new laws, o new labeling. Just an awareness so that when we choose to consume the legal liquid narcotic called alcohol, with the intentions of getting that buzz so many of us enjoy, we do so respectfully. We do so intentionally, carefully and with our own measured doses, the same as any other drug we take. Watch your own volume levels. Be aware of them.
You can help - be aware of your personal volume. Get educated. Like us on FACEBOOK.
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