Could Your Social Drinking Habit Be Holding You Back In Your Career?

Amanda Kuda | Alcohol-free lifestyle expert

Hi, I’m Amanda. I’m a former social drinker/party girl. I’m not an alcoholic, but I’ve made a conscious choice to live an alcohol-free lifestyle. Why? Because I realized that — without question — alcohol was the one thing that was holding me back from achieving the success I wanted in my professional and personal life.

Let me take you back to where I was about five years ago when I started to get the itch to change my relationship with alcohol. I had just turned 30, accepted a great job, and moved to Austin, Texas. For all external appearances sake, I was kicking ass and taking names.

I was making more money than I’d ever made. I was thriving professionally and socially. It truly looked like I was living the life. But on the inside? That’s a different story. I felt incredibly off course and stuck in a story that someone else had written for me.

I felt disconnected from my work and couldn’t shake the feeling that I was supposed to be doing something else.

I tried to convince myself to be satisfied with where I was. After all, I had it pretty good. Yet, there was a subtle voice inside of me that I couldn’t ignore. For me, alcohol was keeping me small and deterring me from stepping into the career I knew I was meant for.

Maybe this sounds familiar? Or maybe you’re super lit up by your current career and wondering if alcohol is keeping you from rising to your highest heights. Spoiler: It is.

Take for example, my client Katie. Katie is an intelligent (like ) woman who was absolutely killing it in her corporate career when she came to work with me. Like me, Katie is a high-achiever who was already impressing everyone with her skills, intelligence and drive. However, Katie knew she had more to give and sensed deeply that her frequent wine habit was keeping her stuck.

It doesn’t matter if you’re like me (you sense you have something more to do than a traditional 9–5) or like Katie (you love your corporate job, but are ready for more), it’s quite likely that alcohol is holding you back.

Now, before I go any further, it’s important to note that what I’m sharing here applies specifically to “social drinkers” or individuals drinking in the zone that would be considered “normal” or “non-problematic”.

Okay, so let’s get back to why alcohol might be holding you back. Alcohol is an energetic tool. Meaning, it disrupts the energetic frequency at which you operate (go with me here, even if words like “energetic frequency” sound a little woo-woo).

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Let me break it down: In alchemy, alcohol is used to extract the soul essence of an entity. The word “alcohol” comes from the Arabic word “al-kuhl” which is said to mean “body eating spirit.” Yet, despite its ancient reputation, alcohol is undoubtedly the most socially acceptable cureall available.

In essence, we use alcohol — although unwittingly — to dilute our spirit. Meaning, each time we drink we dilute our ability to tap into our personal potential. The unfortunate thing for high-achievers is that they already operate at such a high level that it might be difficult to conceive they could do any better.

But, if you’ve felt like you’re not *quite* where you’d like to be professionally, let me promise you that going alcohol-free will give you a competitive edge that cannot be matched.

Think of it like this: You’re currently running at what you is full-speed ahead in your professional career. What you don’t notice is the giant rubber band wrapped around your ankles (if you’ve ever used mini-bands during a workout, you know what I’m talking about), the additional tension makes it impossible to go at full speed.

But, imagine what you’d be capable of if the tension were removed and you were allowed to actually run out of the gates at the rate you’re truly capable of. You’d be unstoppable.

So, when you think of it like this, why isn’t everyone giving up alcohol to get the competitive edge? Well, to be frank, most people are sheep following the herd. They’re too afraid to break from the norm for fear that they might be judged or rejected.

The problem is, . I know that’s not what you want, or you wouldn’t be reading this article.

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If we dive a step deeper, I find that women, particularly, are guilty of using alcohol to keep themselves small. What do I mean by this? Well, we live in a society where it’s just becoming acceptable for women to break professional molds. That means we’ve lived in a society that’s subconsciously programmed us to stay small. To not ruffle feathers. To not make noise. To not shine at our brightest.

Yet, because you’re reading this, I know a few things about you:

But sometimes it’s difficult to step into our greatness. We wonder who might judge us or reject us or feel intimidated by us. For this reason, we find ways to unwittingly self-sabotage and keep ourselves small. There is no more of a socially acceptable way to do so than by drinking alcohol.

If this makes you at all uncomfortable, good. This means I’m doing my job. The things that make us most uncomfortable are typically the things we most need to hear.

So, let me tell you what is possible for you should you choose to explore a life free from alcohol.

Personally, I’ve manifested huge raises and called in unbelievable financial and professional opportunities just through changing my relationship with alcohol.

As I became more comfortable in my alcohol-free lifestyle and continued to work on myself, my self-worth grew astronomically. Finally, I was willing to accept the fact that I was playing small and safe in my corporate career. With my new found worth, I was able to confidently step away from my 9–5 and into a self-created business that lights me up (in case you’re wondering, I run a coaching business where I help ambitious women unbottle their potential through an alcohol-free lifestyle…and I love what I do).

I can promise you that, although I may have gotten here while still drinking, it would have been an uphill struggle. Since going alcohol-free, it seems professional opportunities come to me with ease (particularly as I continue to re-write tired limiting beliefs that have held me back).

I’ve also helped hundreds of ambitious, amazing women do the same. I’ve watched as they climb the corporate ladder to new heights or happily leave their traditional career to follow their passions. No matter which path they choose, I have no shortage of stories about miraculous professional windfalls that occur for them once they make the decision to stop drinking.

I want this for you, too. I want you to play big, to shine bright. I want you to fully unbottle your potential and step into your greatness. If you have even the slightest sense that alcohol is holding you back from what you desire professionally, I urge you to lean into that inner-knowing. In my experience, this curiosity does not present itself at random. Rather, it shows up to encourage you to pursue your passion and purpose at the highest level possible.


If this is sounding interesting to you, I invite you to attend the free Masterclass I’m holding on Thursday, April 1st, 2021 at 2 PM CST. It’s called “Stop Drinking, Start Manifesting™” and you can register here (replay available for those reading this after 04/01/21). In this live training, I’ll teach you all about the energetics of alcohol and how it actually holds us back from living a life beyond our wildest dreams. I’d also love to connect with you via Instagram. You can find me @authenticallyamanda .

Seeker. Writer. Elective Sobriety. A 30-something sharing my journey of personal development, spiritual growth, & authenticity. IG: @authenticallyamanda.

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