The next time you pick up a drink think about this: The reason you are poor is that you drink. If you keep drinking you will stay poor and continue to flirt with your overdraft limit. There is no life situation a good drinking session can make better, and no problem drink cannot make worse.
If you are feeling lost and hopeless, drinking will exacerbate those feelings when you awake the following day. Because you feel worse from getting drunk, you'll want to drink to feel better. It's a never-ending circle of depression and anxiety leading down a spiral staircase into the deep dark depths of misery and despair.
Stopping this madness is the beginning of the road back to sanity. No one denies that it is hard, and you'll probably need help doing it but if you want to get out of the rut of ordinariness and create a life that you like living then giving up the alcohol is where all of your energy should be focused.
Alcohol impacts on so many areas of your life without you realising it. Most importantly the time you lose to spend with family, friends and build relationships instead of breaking them down in drunken outbursts. It affects your finances and your work. If you are beginning to wonder why your work is always so average, then you need to look no further than drink as the problem behind it.
To accomplish great work you need to be sober. Yes, I'll give you that some incredible music is created by artists stoned out of their brains, but it never gave lasting longevity. If all you want is to whirl brightly like a catherine wheel for a few brief, fleeting moments before the light is extinguished forever, then drugs may be your answer. But for everyone else who wants to live longer than Hendrix or Winehouse they are not.
The list of musical artists that have forsaken alcohol in return for a better quality of life is growing daily. Paul Weller, Elvis Costello, Tom Waits, Steven Tyler (Aerosmith), Eminem, Moby, Keith Urban and Eric Clapton are just a few famous musicians recovering from their drink and drug addictions.
Tom Waits is one of my favourite artists, and I was amazed when I read that he was sober because he bases a lot of his songs on tawdry barrooms and seedy piano bars. I listened to a lot of Tom Waits when I was drinking.
“I mean, one is never completely certain when you drink and do drugs whether the spirits that are moving through you are the spirits from the bottle or your own. And, at a certain point, you become afraid of the answer.”
“That’s one of the biggest things that keeps people from getting sober; they’re afraid to find out that it was the liquor talking all along.”
If you think you are going to have a hard time giving up the drink then spare a thought for some of those who don't have an overdraft to worry about or if they are going to be left with enough money to call a cab home.
Paul Weller got sober in 2010 after a litany of drunken escapades splashed across the tabloids:
Weller once remarked that getting sober was “hard for two years” but that subsequently, it was the best thing he ever did for himself. His back catalogue has taken on a new creative depth and meaning since he got sober.
Perhaps the most significant element of getting sober is the consistency with which newly sober people start to produce their work. In a drug-induced haze the creative spark is fired up only fleetingly but in sober people, the work ethic is much stronger, and the creative muse is free to do her best work.
Sobriety enables you to bring a new level of consistency to your work instead of creating a flash in the pan wonder. If you ever wondered why you were poor, it's because you drink and drinking kills creativity.