James Swanwick is an Australian-American investor and TV & podcast host based in Hollywood, California. Swanwick is the creator of the Swannies blue-light blocking glasses, 30 Day No Alcohol Challenge, and 47-Day Habit Hacker. Swanwick hosts the top-ranking podcast The James Swanwick Show, is a former "SportsCenter" anchor on ESPN and an award-winning journalist. He is the author of three books and has interviewed A-List celebrities including Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, George Clooney, Arnold Schwarzenegger and world leaders, including former U.S. Vice President Al Gore. Swanwick is co-founder of international media agency Crocmedia and has lived in numerous countries including Australia, the United States, United Kingdom, Argentina and Colombia.
James Swanwick has never considered himself an alcoholic. He grew up in Australia where the drinking culture is the norm and would drink regularly on the weekdays and binge on the weekends. One of his worst memories of binge drinking was in 1999 when he drank all day in the island sun while watching a cricket match. He was brought to the hospital shivering and hallucinating, but this didn’t convince him to stop drinking. He continued into his early thirties, eventually gaining 40 pounds and becoming unhealthy and unhappy. While at the SXSW festival in 2010, it finally hit him how overweight and hungover he felt. He sensed he wasn’t living up to his full potential–that he was just existing instead of living–and wondered what would happen if he stopped drinking. At that moment he made a wager with himself to quit alcohol for 30 days.
James noticed that quitting drinking improved his sleep, his physical appearance, his mental clarity, and his personal relationships. He then felt compelled to help his friends and acquaintances in any way he could, and this helped him to meet and attract the right connections that led him to success. James credits his alcohol-free lifestyle for landing him his job as an ESPN anchor. Now he’s a successful entrepreneur, podcaster, and media guru.
James admits to being uncomfortable with being labelled as “sober” or “in recovery,” but he makes it clear from the get-go is that it doesn’t matter what gets you to the point of quitting, as long as you get there.
Do you consider yourself a social drinker? Or do you label yourself as an alcoholic? Have you thought about your drinking habits and wondered what your life might be like if you quit? 12 steps, medical treatment, rehab, or the 30 Day No Alcohol Challenge–what worked for you?
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