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I’ve Been Duped By Alcohol: Paul Churchill (Transcript)

Here is the full transcript of Paul Churchill’s talk titled “I’ve Been Duped By Alcohol” at TEDxBozeman conference.

Paul Churchill’s TEDx talk, “I’ve Been Duped By Alcohol,” is a poignant and personal exploration of his journey through alcohol addiction and recovery. He begins by expressing how societal messages and educational programs failed to warn him about the dangers of alcohol, leading him to develop a severe addiction that overshadowed his life.

Churchill shares the turning point in his life, which came after he moved to Spain to run a bar, only to find his drinking habits spiraling out of control. His story takes a turn as he discusses his struggle to quit drinking, highlighting the powerful grip of addiction. He underscores the misleading portrayal of alcohol in society and the lack of awareness about its dangers compared to illegal drugs.

Churchill’s eventual triumph over addiction led him to create the Recovery Elevator podcast, aiming to provide support and create a community for others facing similar battles. The talk is a compelling call to action against the stigma surrounding alcoholism and an inspiring story of resilience and recovery.

Listen to the audio version here:


The Allure of Alcohol

I feel like I’ve been duped. I recall in high school, the motivational speakers would come to my school and say, “Don’t do drugs, don’t do crack, don’t do heroin, don’t do cocaine, and don’t do meth.” I’d say to myself, “Okay, I heard you loud and clear, I won’t do drugs.” But absent from those talks was any reference to alcohol.

From what I saw on TV and the movies, as far as I was 21, everything was going to be just fine. I started drinking in college, and I loved it. I had a great time. I started to drink more and more and became enchanted with it. After majoring in business in Spanish, I had the brilliant idea to move to Granada, Spain, and buy a bar.

Looking back, it was clear I had a drinking problem at the time. And what ensued over the following three years can be summarized with three words: total shit show. Now, my drinking became so bad in Spain, I was blacking out five to seven nights per week. 20 to 25 drinks a night, that was the norm.

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