Maz Compton Xchange Revolution Podcast

Maz Compton and Ludwina Dautovic – Relationship With Alcohol and her book The Social Rebellion

Maz Compton and I have a genuine, heart to heart about our relationship with alcohol and how we both decided to to have a break and then decided to break up!

Maz Compton is a gem! I connected with her just under two years ago when I decided to break up with alcohol. I found her book, devoured it and began my the next stage of my life living alcohol free. 

Maz Compton is the  author of The Social Rebellion. Maz and I talk about our relationship with alcohol and how sometimes you need a break and sometimes you need a break-up!

With Dry July  just around the corner, we couldn’t think of a more fitting time to release this episode of Xchange Revolution featuring Maz Compton, author of The Social Rebellion. In this episode Maz and I candidly talk about living an alcohol free lifestyle and the benefits to your overall mental and physical health and wellbeing when you have a healthy relationship with alcohol. Maz’s quote so aptly sums it up: “Sometimes you need a break from alcohol and sometimes you need a break-up.” If you’re thinking about going dry this July, have a listen. As Maz says in her book “Just take a cheeky one month off.”

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  • 5.51 – Maz landing her first dream job at MTV.
  • 7.00 – Landing her next dream jobs on National Drive Radio and Sydney Breakfast Show.
  • 10.00 – Alcohol became part of her job description.
  • 14.00 – Realisation that alcohol will not change your situation or circumstances.
  • 16.10 – You don’t need to hit rock bottom to have an unhealthy relationship with alcohol.
  • 18.00 – On one end of the scale you have sobriety on the other end you  have alcoholism. The majority of the population are somewhere in between. 
  • 19.33 – Alcoholic beverages are classified by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) as a Group 1 carcinogen.
  • 19.58 – Alcohol can increase the chance of breast cancer in woman by 40%.
  • 21.29 – ‘This Naked Mind’ by Annie Grace talks about the neurological approach to alcohol consumption.
  • 22.58 – Maz described her relationship with alcohol as if it were a person she was in a relationship with.
  • 24.45 – Sometimes you need a break and sometimes you need a break up.
  • 26.21 – Why do we give our power over to substances?  
  • 27.00 – Alcohol has become a right of passage. It needs to shift.
  • 28.12 – I love being the social rebel.
  • 29.05 – One of the reasons she drank is because she felt lonely.
  • 29.56 – Maz is the least bored she’s ever been and is incredibly productive.  
  • 30.00 – She’s more creative since she stopped drinking.


What started out as a passion for music and entertaining, gloriously landed her a dream job as a VJ with MTV. Maz was the original host of its flagship show Total Request Live (TRL). During her 5 years with MTV, Maz travelled the globe attending music festivals and interviewed pretty much every celebrity. Her girl crush Sandra Bullock, super producer & hip hop star Kanye West, from the biggest bands including Coldplay, Foo Fighters and Red Hot Chili Peppers to pop icons Lady Gaga & Katy Perry & Aussie stars Wolfmother, Guy Sebastian & Margot Robbie. Back in Australia she anchored the MTV Video Music Awards and ARIA Red Carpet Specials and was nominated for most popular female presenter in 2008.

Maz found herself on a late night radio show in 2010 and rose to the heights of radio fame in just a few. By 2014 she was crowned Cosmopolitan’s Women of the Year in Radio, then in 2015, Maz headed to the US for RedBull TV to host the their global live TV events and launched her own digital interview series as the entertainment specialist with rebranded digital platform Yahoo 7 Be. and A couple of years later she wrote a book about her time in the spotlight, UnEdited. 

After over a decade of fun making headlines and memories in media, Maz has redirected her attention to health and wellness. She is a qualified Wellness Coach, owns a fitness studio and is currently studying a degree in psychology. 

Her second book, The Social Rebellion, has been instrumental in the alcohol-free living movement. Written to empower people to redefine their relationship with alcohol, The Social Rebellion has had countless messages of praise.

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