Danny Lakey launches Less Drinking, More Thinking sobriety podcast

Danny Lakey from 90.9 Sea FM’s Bianca, Ben and Lakey is celebrating eight years of sobriety, and to mark the occasion, he has released a new podcast called Less Drinking, More Thinking.

The podcast targets the 400,000+ Australians that want to try sobriety with encouraging stories from guests, as well as Danny’s journey cutting out the drink.

So far, guests include DJ Tom Lowndes (Hot Dub Time Machine), Sam NewmanAmanda Goff (aka Samantha X), comedian Cam Knight, TV personality Mike Goldman and Alcohol Mindset Coach Kathryn Elliott.

Lakey said the podcast was a way to keep himself in line and reassess his commitment.

“I started to feel my commitment to sobriety was waning slightly, so I wanted to look back and remember why I made this change in the first place; experience all those feelings and vulnerability again,” Lakey said. 

“I realised how much loneliness and a fragile male ego was tied to my drinking. I used it as a social lubricant to be able to talk to women and get female gratification. I always believed a ‘few’ drinks made me a funnier, better Danny. It just got to a stage where I would drink until I had no self-consciousness at all!”

Lakey said at the height of his drinking he was arrested for being naked in Cavill Avenue, but it wasn’t until he was in court that he had any idea what he’d done to deserve to be charged. 

“There are so many moments like this that should have been the wake-up call to stop but I went another 5 years before I quit.” 

Lakey said he hoped the podcast would help people realise their negative relationship with drinking sooner.

“Every time I am out people confide in me that they would like to be sober, so I thought making a podcast might help people and prevent me having to cop all the bad beer breath,” Lakey said.

“You don’t have to wait until you hit rock bottom. You know in your heart of hearts if you have a problem. I consciously tried three times to get sober before it stuck, but I just knew I had more potential than the life I was living.”

Lakey’s top two tips for staying sober:

  1. 24-Hour Test: “If you’re tempted to drink, give yourself 24 hours first before you do anything and see if the desire is still there. In my experience, it always passes.” 
  2. One Moment at a Time: “You will think of so many issues and problems, but you can only actually deal with one thing at a time.”

Less Drinking, More Thinkng can be found on the LiSTNR app, or wherever you find your podcasts.

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Renee Carmichael
11 Jun 2023 - 9:44 pm

Could swear he was far from sober a few weeks ago on The Yot for the SeaFM gig


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