From night club promoter to CEO in zero drinks.

Chris Raine often woke up with a shocking hangover when he was a night club promoter, studying at Uni and running amok. However, one Sunday morning enough was enough. It was New Year’s Day and Chris vowed to not take another sip of alcohol for a whole year (must have a been a really bad hangover). What manifested from that decision is an online community of thousands who are reassessing their relationship with alcohol, learning how to make better choices and saying Hello Sunday Morning. Chris was kind enough to chat with The Social Rebellion and share his thought-provoking insights.

 

Hello Sunday Morning, the title of Chris’s original BLOG post that explained his decision to put down the drinks, step away from the bar and a commit to sharing his journey through social media each week, has now become a beacon of light to so many people who know that they drink a bit too much or a bit too often but are unsure of what to do about it.

 

Chris explains what HSM is all about, ‘Our mission is to change the world’s relationship with alcohol. We want to make sure that every individual has access to the tailored support they need to change their relationship with alcohol, in the moment they need it.’  

 

As someone who has walked the walk and redefined his relationship with alcohol, Chris has some advice for anyone questioning if their drinking habits are perhaps playing a bigger role than they should, ‘take a step back and ask yourself, ‘what is my relationship with alcohol?’ and ‘why do I drink like I do?’ If you have a moment to just stop and ask yourself this simple question it will be evident if you need to take some time away from drinking to redefine the role alcohol plays in your life and your relationships.

 

People drink for many reason, Chris continues, ‘Is it because you drink to escape, or to numb a certain emotion? Is it because you like drinking but you just don’t know when you’ve had enough? Are there reasons behind why you’re drinking the way you do, that you can work on improving, like mental health? When we allow ourselves the space for honest conversation, adjustment is possible, steering us toward a healthier relationship with alcohol. ‘If you are finding that your drinking habits are starting to have an impact on areas of your life like relationships, health or activities, or you feel like you have started to lose your control when it comes to drinking, it might be a good time to consider making a change.’ Chris suggests, which is where things got up to for him personally before deciding to take a year off.

 

Although sometimes the statistics look grim, with a recent report stating the 35-59-year-old women are Australia’s heaviest drinkers, Chris is optimistic that the wellness movement we are experiencing will counter these trends, ‘wellness trends like mindfulness and health have positive impacts on people's lifestyles and overall physical, mental and social well-being. These cross over with drinking because when we have an unhealthy relationship with alcohol, we are unbalanced with these aspects of our life and when we come at drinking from a mindful place we can find that harmony again.

 

It is true that you will encounter some resistance if you decide to take some away from drinking, but this is more a reflection of what is going on within the person taking issue with your choice, Chris explains, ‘trying to make everyone happy is a recipe for failure, so finding people who are supportive is the main game.’ Which is why the HSM community is so prosperous, as each person is encouraged by people walking the same walk, inspired by those who have gone before them and those who are walking the path. It’s more than inspiring, it’s empowering to be connected to a community like that.

 

We are, after all, hard-wired for connection. The connection doesn’t have to be alcohol.

 

Some advice that Chris refers back to throughout his journey from night club promoter to CEO, ‘my mum always said to me when I was younger, ‘this too will pass’. Its proved correct so far. At the end of the day, everything does, including feelings.’

 

One thing I know that won’t pass though, is the number of people changing their relationship with alcohol. That is a wellness trend we hope will continue, and grow, escalate and become the new societal norm. One that Chris has played a huge role in recreating.

From the HSM team

If you find that you are not happy with your relationship with alcohol and you want to make a change, follow us on Facebook or Instagram to get your daily dose of inspiration and stories of people who have changed. You can also sign up to our weekly emails filled with helpful content and visit resources on our website at www.hellosundaymorning.org.

 

 If you need extra support, download our online behaviour change program, Daybreak. (Daybreak link www.hellosundaymorning.org/daybreak) The program offers peer support from a like-minded community, tailored experiments for you to replace old habits with healthier alternatives, and access to trained health coaches to build a personalised strategy.

 

follow us on Facebook or Instagram to get your daily dose of inspiration and stories of people who have changed. You can also sign up to our weekly emails filled with helpful content and visit resources on our website at www.hellosundaymorning.org.

 

 If you need extra support, download our online behaviour change program, Daybreak. (Daybreak link www.hellosundaymorning.org/daybreak) The program offers peer support from a like-minded community, tailored experiments for you to replace old habits with healthier alternatives, and access to trained health coaches to build a personalised strategy.