Having an unhelpful relationship with alcohol can arise for many reasons – we can turn to it to manage difficult emotions or to cope with stress, anxiety and/or depression.
We can habitually turn to alcohol to celebrate our successes or drown our sorrows; all of which is acceptable in moderation, but not feeling in control of your relationship with alcohol can cause more stress and anxiety, lead to dependency, and also make us more vulnerable to health issues such as liver problems, heart disease, stroke and a number of cancers.
It can also lead to social and emotional problems, and affect our quality of life and relationships.
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Alcohol dependency or addiction can creep up on us – if the Friday night glass of wine now happens most evenings of the week, if you’re having a drink to alleviate the effects of your last session, or if being under the influence or hungover is getting in the way of your daily routines and responsibilities, it might be time to address the issue.
Other indications of an unhelpful relationship with alcohol include drinking to help ourselves whenever we feel under stress or pressure – ‘Dutch courage’, experiencing cognitive impairment or blackouts/amnesia as a result of drinking, shaking when withdrawing from alcohol, and experiencing problems as a result of choices we make while under the influence.
The AfSFH recommends that you talk to your GP about any health issues you are experiencing as a result of alcohol addiction.
Solution Focused Hypnotherapy can help with alcohol addiction by helping you understand the reasons behind it. You can gain perspective on your behaviour and explore your best hopes for a future free of an unhelpful relationship with alcohol.
Hypnotherapy can help you manage stress and anxiety, so you are less reliant on external factors to help you cope. It can also increase confidence, enabling you to make healthier life choices, and increase levels of natural ‘feelgood’ hormones, helping you cope better with
To find an appropriately qualified and insured hypnotherapist to help with Alcohol Misuse, please visit our online directory.
Our directory can help you find a Solution Focused Hypnotherapist in your local area for face to face or sessions online.
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