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#128 Name Your Poison: Writers, Alcohol & The Creative Muse, with Cassandra Gaisford

Are you a grey area drinker? If your writing routine is anything like mine you go about the business of writing all day and knock off in time to do a little editing whilst watching the sunset and enjoying a glass of wine or two…or three.

Imagine my chagrin reading psychologist and author, Cassandra Gaisford’s latest book, Mind Your Drink: The Surprising Joy of Sobriety; Control Alcohol, discovering freedom, find happiness and change your life. Alcohol is a neurotoxin, a flammable liquid and a poison.

So much for romance. In this episode we chat about the following (among other things):

  • alcohol and our writing productivity
  • happiness without alcohol
  • experiencing joy and physical wellbeing
  • our changing relationship with alcohol
  • drinking habits (and how they impact on our writing habits)
  • why giving up alcohol is hard
  • creative expression and joy
  • rethinking drinking
  • a good night’s sleep
  • stressing less/loving more

There’s also a sobriety journal and a Mind Your Drink workbook. You can find out more about Cassandra and her books, courses, and other writing here.

Disclaimer: as I write this I’m sitting on my verandah, watching the sunset and my drink of choice is lime and soda in  a chilled glass with ice and a swizzle stick 🙂






About the author, Melinda

I'm an authorpreneur, English teacher and podcaster who dreams of a life on the road full of adventures and handsome heroes, whilst making squizillions of dollars in book sales to pay for my chocolate fix. In the real world, I write novels and non-fiction, and offer my expert advice via online courses (as soon as I make them) and writing retreats (as soon as I organise them).

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