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153: The Hidden Impact of Alcohol on Your Physical and Mental Health with Maureen Benkovich
Erin Kinney, naturopathic doctor, naturopathy, functional medicine, food allergies, adrenal stress, genetic testing, hormone testing, nutritional counseling
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153: The Hidden Impact of Alcohol on Your Physical and Mental Health with Maureen Benkovich

Understanding alcohol and how it affects your body can be confusing. I get a lot of questions about it from my patients, so I’m thrilled to be chatting with Maureen Benkovich, the Sober Fit Chick. 

Maureen is here to discuss the truth about alcohol consumption that many people don’t know.  She shares how it impacts all aspects of your physical and mental health and the steps you can take if you are interested in a sober lifestyle. 

Maureen Benkovich’s journey in the health and fitness realm is as extensive as it is inspiring. She embarked on her professional path as a pharmaceutical sales representative, specializing in antidepressants, where she gained a unique perspective on mental health treatment. This experience was not only professional but personal, as she navigated her own challenges with depression.

Transitioning from pharmaceuticals to fitness, Maureen channeled her passion for wellness into becoming a personal trainer and Pilates instructor, eventually owning a studio. Her commitment to health shone through as she competed in figure competitions, showcasing the results of her dedication.

Despite her accomplishments in promoting health and wellness, Maureen confronted a personal struggle with alcohol. It subtly shifted from a means of celebration to a driver of the detox-retox cycle that she realized many high-functioning, health-minded women experience. Alcohol, initially a silent partner in her life’s successes, became an obstacle to true well-being.

Now, as a certified life coach, Maureen has turned these insights into action, guiding others to understand the intricate ways alcohol can hinder mental clarity, disrupt hormonal balance, and undermine gut health. She empowers individuals to break free from the deceptive comfort of habitual drinking by fostering a deeper comprehension of how such patterns keep them from achieving their health and fitness goals.

With a unique blend of professional and personal expertise, Maureen is poised to offer valuable insights into overcoming the challenges that busy, driven women face in breaking the detox-retox cycle and embracing an alcohol-free lifestyle.


In Today’s Episode We Discuss: 


  • Maureen’s journey with alcohol and when she realized it was a problem
  • Why alcohol can be like pouring gasoline on your anxiety and depression
  • How you can change your mindset around alcohol
  • The stigma and pressure around the choice not to drink
  • How alcohol impacts every system in your body
  • What chronic alcohol consumption is
  • How your body handles the toxins in alcohol
  • The difference between physical and psychological addiction to alcohol


Doing this type of work is never easy. But if you have compassion and you have support from a professional, that can be a really magical combination to help you give up alcohol for good. 

If you are ready to let go of alcohol, or even just curious, make sure to visit Maureen’s website to learn how to work with her. You can also follow her on Instagram and join her free Alcohol-Free Weekend Mini-Course! 


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