Challenging Alcoholism: What Science Says and What Real People are Doing to Slay Alcohol Abuse with Dr. Lori Ducharme & Ruari Fairbarns

Original Air Date Wednesday, November 7, 2018 


Alcohol has been the most socially acceptable drug in human history.

The media makes it fashionable, we can get it just about anywhere, and our entire tribe uses it to celebrate special moments. But, how many of us truly understand the effects alcohol has on our happiness and well-being? In this episode, Lisa welcomes Dr. Lori Ducharme to discuss the multiple, modern treatment options available to those who have alcohol abuse syndrome and Ruari Fairbairns who shares the 30-90, and 365-day alcohol-free challenges that are transforming lives.

In this episode you will learn about:

  • Modern alcoholism treatments
  • Moving past shame and stigma onto help
  • Medically assisted treatment options
  • Mind-shifting into an alcohol-free challenge


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Ruari Fairbairns — Challenging Alcoholism a Few Days at a Time:

  • What inspired Ruari to create One Year No Beer (OYNB)? [25:46]
  • Does alcohol help a person to escape or does it exacerbate their problems? [29:32]
  • The One Year No Beer Challenge. [32:11]
  • Ruari describes the tribal aspects of drinking and not drinking alcohol. [37:40]
  • The impacts of positive psychology, white-knuckle symptoms, and a true mind-shift. [41:01]

Ruari Fairbairns is an Entrepreneur, Senior Oil Broker and Co-Founder of the OYNB Movement. He has helped over 16,000 members in 100 countries transform their lives by taking their science-backed 30, 90 & 365-day alcohol-free challenges to change their mindset around alcohol.  Book: The 28-Day Alcohol-Free Challenge: Sleep Better, Lose Weight, Boost Energy, Beat Anxiety by Andy Ramage and Ruari Fairbairns

One Year No Beer Website
@oynbuk on Twitter
One Year No Beer on Facebook

Lori Ducharme, Ph.D. — When Slaying Alcoholism, Slow and Steady Wins the Race:

  • What are the signs of risky drinking? [3:26]
  • Modern treatments for alcoholism include free online peer support groups and structured treatments of behavioral counseling. [7:47]
  • How to overcome the shame and stigma of asking for help with an alcohol addiction. [10:47]
  • Managing expectations for recovery, medically assisted treatments options, and integrating the family unit into treatment. [16:07]

Lori Ducharme, Ph.D., is program director for health services research at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, a component of the National Institutes of Health. NIAAA is the world’s largest funder of scientific research on the impact of alcohol use on human health and well-being. Dr. Ducharme manages a portfolio of research grants that aim to improve the quality and effectiveness of alcohol treatment. She was also lead developer of a new online resource called the Alcohol Treatment Navigator, which offers a strategy to help people find alcohol treatment options for themselves or those they care about.

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism Website
@NIAAANews on Twitter
NIAAA on Facebook

This episode is generously sponsored by Are We Happy Yet? — A guidebook for learning how to harvest happiness through self-mastery. Happiness waits for no one and sometimes we all need support. What is getting in the way of your happiness right now?



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