Drink Less Alcohol

It’s easy to justify those drinks at the end of a long day

A day that may have been productive, rewarding, busy or even just plain awful!
So when does having a drink become a problem for us?

To answer that question, we have to start by being honest with ourselves.

Recognising that alcohol is featuring on a daily basis, and we are finding reasons to justify it to ourselves is the first step.

Whether as a reward, to commiserate or just to relax it is easy to find a reason we need that drink. These are just a few examples but I’m sure you can think of your own.

Associations around alcohol are set up by patterns and so it begins.

It may be that as you are reading this you are thinking “that’s not me, I don’t drink during the week but I like to indulge at the weekend”

Self deception doesn’t work.

Too much is too much, no matter how it is spread out – binge drinking is still a harmful way to have alcohol.

Alcohol and Mental Health

There is a lot of information in the media on the physical effects of alcohol on our bodies; from weight gain to liver and heart issues, which is true.

However, alcohol also has such a negative effect on your mental health. It is recognised that if you consume too much it can change your brain’s ability to function in a balanced way.

Alcohol can be the cause of poor sleep patterns which will contribute to making you feel low. So the very thing that you reach for to help you feel better can actually make you feel worse!

So how can hypnotherapy combined with Psychotherapy help?

Using a combination of therapies including hypnotherapy can help remove the patterns that have been created.

Is it the alcohol itself you are really wanting or the rituals that have been set up around having the alcohol? For example, is it the glass of wine the helps you switch off after the kids have gone to bed, or is the wine a symbol you have created in your mind to represent switching off?

We will identify what your ‘triggers’ are i.e. what makes you want that drink.

By identifying the trigger we will find ways to eliminate alcohol as the coping method.

There are so many other ways of coping without using something that really is only making things worse!

Please Note: For this course I offer a free 20 minute consultation which is designed to discuss your needs and requirements. For the majority of people this will serve to identify a tailor-made therapy route. However recognising you are starting to drink too much and it has, or is becoming, a bit of a habit is very different to being completely alcohol dependant. Where I feel alcohol dependency is an issue I can provide details of organisations and charities that offer specialist advice.