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Alcohol Abuse Hypnotherapy

If you’re drinking alcohol to feel good (or so that you don’t feel bad), you could have a drinking problem. Alcohol abuse and alcoholism can sneak up on you before you know it. Recognise the warning signs and make an effort to reduce consumption if you think you’re developing a dependency.

Understanding alcohol abuse

Both alcohol abuse and alcoholism can occur as a result of factors including genetics, your upbringing, your emotional health and your social environment.

People who associate with heavy drinkers, or who have a family history of alcohol abuse, are more likely to have similar problems themselves. If you have a mental health problem, including depression, anxiety, or bipolar disorder, you’re more at risk if you drink to self-medicate.

Drinking alcohol is commonplace in many cultures, so it can be hard to realise when you’ve crossed the line between social and problem drinking.

Do you have a drinking problem?

If you feel drinking is causing problems in your day-to-day life, then it’s likely you have a problem.

Look out for the signs, including feeling ashamed or guilty, or lying about your drinking habits. Do your family and friends worry about your drinking? Do you need to drink in order to feel better or relax? If you regularly drink more than you should, or if you black out while drunk, you have a serious problem.

Recognise any of these symptoms? First consult your GP, before consulting JTR Hypnotherapy.

Alcohol abuse

Medical experts distinguish between alcohol abuse and alcoholism – also known as alcohol dependency. Alcohol abusers still have the ability to set some limits on their drinking. Alcoholics can no longer do so.

The common signs of alcohol abuse include neglecting your responsibilities. Performing inefficiently at work, neglecting your children, or shirking duties because of a hangover are all signs. It becomes serious if you’re drinking and driving, operating machinery while drunk, or taking prescription medication and mixing it with alcohol. You may have legal problems, such as being arrested for drink-driving.

Alcohol abuse can cause relationship problems. If your drinking upsets your partner or your family, but you continue regardless, you may need medical help.

Using alcohol as a crutch to relieve stress at the end of the day is the start of problem drinking.

Getting help

Once you recognise you have a problem, consult your GP first.

If you’ve admitted to yourself that you have a drinking problem, you’ve taken the first major step. The second step is reaching out for support.

Contact JTR Hypnotherapy

I will provide an initial consultation to determine which therapeutic intervention could be most beneficial for you.

If you have any queries, or you wish to arrange an initial consultation at my clinic, drop me an email or complete the online enquiry form.