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Could Giving Up Alcohol Make You “SuperHuman?” w/ Ruari Fairbairns

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“This is quote possibly the biggest hidden gem for anyone out there… Going alcohol free for an extended period…. can totally change your life.”
— Ruari Fairbairns

Greetings, SuperFriends, and welcome to this week's episode of the SuperHuman Academy Podcast!

This week is a special episode for a couple different reasons. For one, we are continuing my format of coming a little bit less prepared to the interviews and just seeing where it takes me, and I think you guys will agree that the interviews tend to come out a little bit more interesting, a little bit more engaging, when I just roll with the punches and explore my curiosity.

The second reason that this episode is special is because we're covering a topic that's actually pretty close to my heart and politically close to my journey of becoming superhuman, and that is the quest to stop drinking alcohol.

I, like many people who choose not to drink alcohol, never really had a problem… I wouldn't say I had a alcohol addiction or anything like that, but along about two years ago, I decided to stop drinking alcohol. There are a lot of reasons for that, be it health, be it better sleep, be it just a lifestyle choice, a social choice, a challenge really…

To facilitate this discussion, I wanted to invite on someone who has helped tens of thousands of people go through the same journey, and someone who has an incredible story, so that he and I could really both share what we had to say and try and encourage you to explore this and see if this is something that could add value in your own lives as it has in both of ours.

We are joined today by Ruari Fairbairns. He's an entrepreneur, he's a speaker, he's an oil broker of all things, and he's a father of two girls. He and his partner founded One Year No Beer, which is basically a challenge to help people get alcohol free and focus on fitness in a more communal and a little bit more modern approach than some of the other ways that people quit alcohol. They have tens of thousands of members all over the world who are transforming their lives following simple and science backed shifts in mindset.

In this episode, we talk about all kinds of different benefits for giving up alcohol. We're going to talk about ways that you can give up alcohol and ways to really assess if this is something that is right for you. As I said, this is something that's provided a lot of value in my own life, from improved health to forcing me to develop my own social skills, and you'll hear a lot about that in the episode as well.

I hope you guys really do enjoy it, and do let me know on the Twitter machine or in the comments below if you do!


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In this episode, we discuss:

  • Who is Ruari Fairbairns, and how did he get to where he is today?
  • How did alcohol become a problem for Ruari? How did it manifest in his personal & professional life?
  • What changed for Ruari when he gave up alcohol?
  • What things has Ruari accomplished since giving up alcohol?
  • Why black or white? Why not drink moderately? Do you have to give it up completely?
  • What are the social challenges of giving up alcohol? How can you overcome them?
  • Jonathan's reasons for NOT drinking, and the social benefits & growth he's experienced as a result
  • What's the process of giving up alcohol using Ruari's system? How's it special?
  • The relationship between social bonds and alcohol, and what research has shown
  • What products or services could Ruari Fairbairns not live without?
  • What other books does Ruari recommend?
  • Where to get a hold of Ruari Fairbairns
  • What's the #1 takeaway from this episode?

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Favorite Quotes from Ruari Fairbairns:

“I started having this friction in my life around alcohol… If I thought about who I was, I was a guy who drank pints.”
“I went from 25% body fat down to 10% body fat.”
“I'd always felt in the back of my mind that I was being dumbed down… I WAS being dumbed down. I was being dumbed down by myself.”
“We went very very quickly to being more in love than we'd ever been. Within 3-6 months.”
“I've done deep exploration into myself my entire life, and I still didn't see what that I was doing to myself.”
“Like many of you out there listening, you'll think that alcohol is not the problem… but I'll tell you this: you can't get to the problem while you are still drinking.”
“I had stuff to do on this planet, and I definitely couldn't do it while I was drinking.”
“The reaction that people give you is a fear of you leaving their tribe.”
“Being superhuman is absolutely within you. Stop numbing yourself, and stop forcing yourself to NOT be superhuman. Because your natural state is.”
“Not drinking in a totally alcohol-drenched society is a BIG challenge. It requires learning.”



  1. Luiz
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    Thanks, I learned a lot of interesting things in past episodes.

  2. Shivaditya Purohit
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    loved th heart and the depth of the conversation. The way that Dr. Metivier shared from his enormous experience and insights was just amazing. Thank you Jonathan for doing this podcast!! 🙂

  3. Rob
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    Great interview with Dr. Greg Wells! He mentioned a doctor from Colorado around the 42:30 point of the podcast, discussing turmeric and black pepper. I couldn’t make out the doctor’s name. Can you provide me with his full name and maybe his website or contact info. Interested in his products.



  4. Muhammed Sani Ibrahim
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    I am new here, and learning really fast.
    Thank you.

  5. Leonia
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    Maybe oarts of the things he has to share are right, maybe not. If I look at him which impact his nurturing and living style has on himself I see a very old looking man! He is year 1973!! That is not old and he looks definitly much older!! If I would not know his birthyear I would guess that he is in his mid-60ies!! A bit concering for someone who claims his lifestyle is suitable for a long life, isn’t it?

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