From Jacksonville: the story of Heath Mooney, a firefighter who (via a groovy-sounding program offered by the International Association of Fire Fighters, kudos to them) has found his job itself a way to combat alcoholism and PTSD:

It’s an interesting thought — when you do a quick scan of why people drink, “stress from work” is a big one. Is it the biggest one? Is it number one with a bullet? I think it might be; “I drink to take the edge off after a hard day at work” definitely seems to be the cultural thread linking a lot of drinking together. 

So the idea of work (or at least the purpose you get from work) as an anti-drinking tool is an interesting one. If you think what you do has value, and you can do it better when you’re operating without hangovers, lost days, blurry mornings, etc., that’s a compelling reason to not drink. 

I’m fortunate to be doing something in the neighbourhood — marketing at a university isn’t something that I feel always offers direct value, but it works to promote something of value in the broader sense. My wife, at a hospital, can track what she does directly to patient care and people getting better, even though she’s there in a support role. 

Something to think about; if your job is something you value, and if you’re getting a sense of mission and purpose from what you do, it might just be possible to flip “job stress is a reason to drink” into “my purpose through work is a reason not to drink.” Mental judo. 

Not everyone has a job that they find gives them a defining purpose or life’s mission, though. And it’s not always easy for people who do to see or feel that 24/7. There’s other things, though: family, hobbies, friends, volunteer work. Finding your purpose thing (I’m sure somebody has a clever word for that) and digging into that as your anti-drink is a tactic worth unpacking. 

I will not drink today! 

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