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E16 - Can you have a healthy relationship with Alcohol? With Ruari Fairbairns
Episode 1616th April 2024 • The Privileged Man Podcast • The Privileged Man
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Join Pete Hunt on "The Privileged Man Podcast" for a compelling episode with Ruari Fairbairns, the innovator of the "One Year No Beer" challenge. 

In this enlightening session, Ruari recounts his own journey from an alcohol-laden lifestyle to spearheading a movement that challenges our national relationship with the bottle.

With frankness and insight, Ruari addresses the significant toll alcohol takes on both personal health and societal well-being. He sheds light on the habitual cycle of alcohol use, where brief solace quickly gives way to increased stress and complicates life’s challenges. The dialogue explores the underlying traumas that fuel compulsive behaviours and the crucial need to address these deep-rooted issues.

Discussing the damage caused by suppressed emotions and the catharsis of emotional release, Ruari champions the vital role of equipping children with the skills to process their emotions constructively. 

His thoughts on self-regulation and achieving balance are punctuated by a personal anecdote of his inspiring encounter with Richard Branson, highlighting the transformative potential of a balanced life.

This episode goes beyond mere abstinence from alcohol; it's a clarion call to revolutionise our engagements with it. Emphasising community, connection, and regaining control, this conversation is a must-listen for anyone questioning their drinking habits or seeking camaraderie on a sober journey. 

Tune in for a trove of personal revelations and societal insights with Ruari Fairbairns on "The Privileged Man Podcast."


  • Alcohol is a toxic substance that has significant negative effects on health and society.
  • There is a growing shift in attitudes towards alcohol, with an increasing demand for alcohol-free alternatives.
  • Alcohol use often starts as a way to have fun and socialise, but it can quickly become a compulsion and negatively impact various areas of life.
  • Trauma plays a significant role in driving compulsive behaviour and should be addressed in alcohol recovery. Unfelt emotions from childhood can become toxic if not addressed, leading to compulsive behaviour and various health issues.
  • Releasing past emotions and understanding patterns can be transformative in changing our relationship with alcohol.
  • Helping children feel their emotions is crucial for creating a healthier society.
  • Control is a complex journey, and it is important to find a balance that works for each individual.

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