Anna David Addiction & Recovery | Entrepreneurship Anna David is the New York Times and #1 Amazon bestselling author of two novels and six non-fiction books about addiction, recovery and relationships. She’s been published in The New York Times, Time, The LA Times, Vanity Fair, Playboy, Vice, Cosmo, People, Marie Claire, Redbook, Esquire, Self, Women’s Health, The Huffington Post, Buzzfeed and Salon among many others, and has appeared repeatedly on The Today Show, Hannity, Attack of the Show, Dr. Drew, Red Eye, The Talk, The CBS Morning Show, The Insider and numerous other programs on Fox News, NBC, CBS, MTV, VH1 and E.
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Why it's more important than ever to think before you drink
45 minutes + Q&A
Alcohol sales have increased 54% since shelter-in-place started—the highest spike in 15 years. To Anna David, that’s not surprising. David—sober almost 20 years after becoming addicted to drugs and alcohol—knows that one of the greatest contributors to alcoholism is isolation. After all, she spent the two years before she found sobriety by herself in her apartment doing cocaine and considering suicide. And that’s not the only role alcohol plays in isolation. A 2015 NIH study showed that early social isolation—in short, depriving rats from social play—increased the risk for addictive behavior. The study concluded that isolation, during a developmental period when social play is crucial, “enhances the propensity to consume alcohol in adulthood.”
Make no mistake: college students, no matter how mature, are still developing since the brain isn’t fully formed until the mid-20s. Given what the studies prove and science shows, it’s therefore not only possible but likely that the isolation we’re experiencing now will produce more alcoholics than ever before. And yet quarantine provides just as many opportunities for healthy behavior as unhealthy. Exercise classes are streaming around the clock. Experts are encouraging us to get outdoors. And home cooking, now that we can’t go to restaurants, has increased exponentially. In this encouraging and truthful talk, David examines why thinking before you drink is more relevant than ever and how it’s possible, with a few simple tips, to come out of this period of isolation stronger and healthier.