How I overcame alcoholism | Claudia Christian | TEDxLondonBusinessSchool

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Reviewer: Queenie Lee

I've been in the entertainment industry for over 30 years.

I was a very light drinker in my 20s.

In my 30s, I was a social drinker,

and somewhere in my early 40s, I developed alcohol use disorder,

which is abbreviated AUD.

We don't really use the term alcoholism that much anymore,

because it's too narrow of a term.

AUD covers everything

from the occasional binge drinker to the chronic daily drinker.

I started to realize that something was very wrong with me

when I was always the last person standing at the bar or at dinner parties

when everybody else had switched to coffee, I was still quaffing wine.


I realized then that I definitely had a problem,

so I decided that I would just go cold turkey, sober, and I did.

But what I didn't realize is

that could cause what's called the alcohol deprivation effect,

where once the honeymoon period of sobriety wears off,

you're left with constant physical cravings for alcohol.

Think about it.