By: Jon Stojan
For most men, alcohol is a part of life. But when it comes to health and wellness, the effects of recreational drinking are taking a toll on guys’ systems – and often, they don’t even realize it.
Meet Clifford Stephan, the guy behind Booze Vacation. Stephan is calling BS on the business-as-usual approach to alcohol consumption. The Booze Vacation movement isn’t about pointing fingers or offering trivial tips on mindful drinking; it’s about challenging the norms surrounding recreational alcohol use and taking ownership of your health and performance.
A Predictive Problem: Success and Alcohol Intertwined
As men hit their 30s and progress into their 40s and 50s, a common pattern emerges. They arrive at their family and career destinations as planned, but struggle to enjoy their success. Why? The demands of a hectic life are coupled with high stress, bad bloodwork, and alcohol at nearly every turn. This regular alcohol consumption, even at very moderate amounts, encourages the erosion of key diet and lifestyle habits. Combined with the existing wear and tear that comes from age and success, the forecast is not sunny.
Usually, this phenomenon is shrugged off as an unavoidable part of getting older. Men are often conditioned to associate alcohol as part of their reward system, whether in work or social settings. But the damage is real, and it’s triggering chronic diseases in men’s 40s and 50s.
“I have to make this clear – the problem is not recreational drinking alone,” says Stephan. “The problem comes when habitual alcohol use starts eroding men’s diets and healthier habits. Over time, this erosion leads to an inflection point when chronic disease risks ramp up.”
As Clifford Stephan says: “I’m a frequent traveler, and I see this universal problem everywhere I go.” Stephan recognized that the precipitating pre-disease signs, such as belly fat and high blood pressure, were becoming increasingly prevalent in his male peers.
Enter Booze Vacation: A Light in the Dark for the Unaware
Forget ineffective Dry Januaries and attempts at cutting back – Booze Vacation is unlike any solution out there. Booze Vacation targets men who aren’t actively seeking it. Stephan identified a critical need for a movement that addresses the issues surrounding recreational alcohol use, especially in successful men who may not recognize the negative impacts on their health and happiness. The timing is crucial, as the precipitating factors for chronic diseases start taking hold as early as a man’s 30s.
In Stephan’s words, Booze Vacation works by a sort of “reverse peer pressure.” It invites men to take an extended 3-12 month break or “vacation” from alcohol, not for sobriety’s sake, but for taking charge of their health and quality of life. The movement is designed to be fun, challenging, and gamified. Finally, there’s a place for men to find camaraderie, re-learn how to enjoy life without alcohol, and call BS on the expectations associated with alcohol that are no longer serving them.
At its core, Booze Vacation is simply a men’s health protocol. And the master key to restoring health and boosting performance levels starts with an extended vacation from alcohol.
Education Meets Confidence and Swagger: The Booze Vacation Difference
Clifford Stephan isn’t pushing sobriety or targeting alcoholics; he wants guys to understand why and how alcohol affects their health and performance – and, more importantly, how to get smarter with their drinking in ways that actually work. The company addresses the massive need for change in the 30-50 age group, where alcohol unravels diets and lifestyles and causes issues like bad bloodwork, low testosterone, erectile dysfunction, and more.
Results speak louder than words, and Booze Vacation boasts success stories of men losing 40 pounds in three months and gaining more time, money, and muscle for their passion projects – whether it’s dusting off the guitar and recording music, crushing their sales goals, or achieving new personal bests within their business or on the playing field. With alcohol out of the mix, the results come quickly and are easy to build on.
“The movement isn’t about accountability or pumping your inbox full of inspirational quotes,” says Stephan, “and men can choose their own adventure at Booze Vacation. We’re a community that encourages a healthier lifestyle, recognizing that to kick ass and crush it long-term, a guy needs a holistic approach to health. Start by giving the body and mind a chance to restore itself through better sleep, reduced stress, and improved mood and fitness levels – and the gains will follow.”
“The solution is surprisingly easy to pull off once you’re ready for the vacation lifestyle,” Stephan adds. “Sure, it can be awkward to step off the dock, but Booze Vacation will get you in the smooth sailing zone before you know it.”
In Stephan’s words: “This has worked so well for us and our friends. Now, we’re inviting all our bros to join the party.”
To start getting smarter with your drinking, or to jump in and start your own 3-12 month break, visit www.boozevacation.com.