The Year of Less

Cait Flanders

Cait Flanders (@caitflanders) isĀ former binge consumer turned mindful consumer.

Between 2011-2016 she was the writer the behind the popular personal finance blog “Blonde on a Budget”, where she documented her journey out ofĀ $28,000 worth of personal debt.

She is currently the author of where she has expanded her interests into issues as diverse as minimalism, travel, health, social media.

Her latest project, “The Year of Less: How I Stopped Shopping, Gave Away My Belongings, and Discovered Life Is Worth More Than Anything You Can Buy in a Store“,Ā  is a self-help memoir that documents her life for the first twelve months of a two-year shopping ban and decluttering experiment, and also forms the basis of today’s conversation.

In today’s episode we discuss the links between consumerism and things like addiction and self-esteem, the challenges and benefits of decluttering your life, and also offers some tips and ideas on how to spend both your money, and your time, more wisely.

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Alcohol Addiction: Brain Disease or Behaviour Problem?

Prof. Matt Field

Matt Field (@field_matt) isĀ Professor of Psychology at the University of Liverpool, where he heads up the Addiction Research Group,Ā investigating the cognitive, biological and social processes involved in addiction, with a focus on alcohol addictionĀ and cigarette smoking.

He is co-author of Essential Abnormal and Clinical Psychology, and a regular contributor to the Mental Elf and other online resources on the topic of addiction. In 2009 he was the recipient of the British Psychological Society Spearman Medal,Ā and since 2014 he has been an advisor for Alcohol Concern’s Dry January campaign.

In today’s episode we discuss the topic of alcohol abuseĀ and addiction, and it’s relationship to mental health.

So, whatĀ exactly is the difference between alcohol abuse and addiction? Does alcohol addiction run in families, and who is most susceptible? We discuss the alcohol paradox; that is, why people in deprived communities have higher levels of alcohol-related ill health than people in non-deprived communities, despite drinking the same amounts of alcohol.

We discover why stopping drinking is only half the battle in overcoming alcohol addiction. What you can do, as a friend or relative, to help somebody with a drinking problem. What the government could – but seemingly won’t – do to help reduce the amount of alcohol related harm. We also tackle the most controversialĀ question of all: whether or not is alcohol addiction a brain diseaseĀ or a disorder of choice?

Want to see whether or not YOU are drinking too much? Check out thisĀ 7-day unit calculator from DrinkAware which will calculate how much alcohol you consume over an average week and indicate whether or not your intake could be affecting your health.


Matt’s Recommended Links

Down Your DrinkĀ – Helping you make decisions about your drinking

Alcohol Concern – Promoting health; improving lives

NHS Alcohol Portal

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