Alcohol is integrated into our current culture to celebrate, socialize, relax, and cope. Especially during this pandemic, memes and jokes about increasing alcohol consumption, virtual happy hours, and quarantinis abound. Today’s guest, Heather Lowe, founder of Ditched the Drink, believes in the benefits of evaluating and understanding your relationship with alcohol.
Heather, like many of us, grew up in a community where liberal alcohol consumption was the norm. Her background in social work, HR, and sales, as well as her passion for helping others, live their fullest and most meaningful lives resulted in founding Ditched the Drink, offering both individual and business resources to evaluate their relationships with alcohol.
In this episode, Heather shares her history with alcohol, the reasons she decided to quit drinking, and the benefits she’s seen as a result. She discusses the factors that might cause some people to be more likely to develop unhealthy relationships with alcohol, and how corporate acceptance and focus on alcohol negatively impact workplaces.
Heather leaves listeners with a tangible tip they can use to start shifting the relationship with alcohol in their own organizations and gives us a closer look at the work she’s doing through Ditched the Drink.
Interview Highlights (with timestamps):
- [7:56] Heather’s background and her history with alcohol
- [13:56] Why Heather decided to change her relationship with alcohol
- [17:08] The fear surrounding the decision to quit drinking
- [18:22] The benefits of quitting
- [23:22] Why some people might be more likely to have unhealthy relationships with alcohol
- [26:00] Coping without alcohol in the time of COVID-19
- [30:48] The impact of alcohol in the workplace
- [37:13] Heather’s tangible tip
- [39:11] Ditched the Drink
Mentioned in this episode:
Heather Lowe is the President and Founder of Ditched the Drink, a wellness company whose mission is to help professionals evaluate their relationship with alcohol to align with their highest, healthiest self to do their greatest good. Heather has a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work, Professional Human Resources Certificate, Yale University Certificate of Wellbeing, and is a certified Life Coach.
Heather offers private, online, digital classes, personalized coaching support, and corporate wellness consulting. Heather is a content creator, writer, and speaker. She has been featured in Thrive Global, Corporate Wellness Magazine, The Fix, Recovery Today Magazine, and Recovery Happy Hour.