Alcohol has for many become a scourge of modern day living. Freely available now in a multitude of locations, and at increasingly cheaper prices, its ease of availability has created problems within society. Its effects on the individual varies dependent upon a variety of factors, such as the size of the person as well as their relative tolerance of alcohol. However, its affects in the individual in terms of their work, health and emotional well being are all too similar.
The question “How much Alcohol is too much Alcohol ?” is one that is asked frequently and in reality a complex question. Perhaps the best way to look at it would be to ask yourself “What affect is my drinking having on me and those around me?” as it is often family and friends who notice a marked change in personality and outward appearance when someone they care about has drunk too much. In addition the affects on their physical health are often not apparent which can make matters worse.
A recent case highlights this point. (Names have been changed)
Nigel is an IT consultant, who is self employed. As with many who are self employed, the onus on income falls on them and as such the stress and anxiety associated with it. Nigel’s drinking started as many do, with the occasional social drink out with friends, which then started to become more and more frequent. Longer hours working and the arrival of a new baby, all compounded his stress, and his alcohol intake started to increase as he felt it was a means of escape and relaxation. Before he knew it, he was drinking every night and going to bed drunk. His relationship with his wife deteriorated as the months passed by, as she felt he was becoming more and more distant. This all culminated in a standoff with his wife, who demanded a change otherwise she would leave him. At this point Nigel made an appointment to gain help for his drinking using Hypnotherapy.
What makes this particular case interesting is that it demonstrates almost every typical element of where alcohol has become a problem.
In this type of scenario, it is painfully obvious that too much alcohol is the symptom, and what we need to do is find why Nigel feels the need to drink to excess.
So to answer the question, “How do I know when too much alcohol is too much alcohol?” the answer lies in you. Ask yourself:
- Why do you drink?
- Is my drinking having an affect on others?
- Have I changed since drinking?
- Am I in control of my drinking?
The chances are that if your asking yourself these questions, you probably drinking too much and need help, which is where hypnotherapy comes in.
Hypnotherapy is one of the most effective treatments for those with an alcohol problem. This is because drinking to excess is usually only a symptom, and we need to find out why you are drinking in the first place. Often the answer lies deep within your psyche, and with hypnotherapy we can uncover this root cause, and interrupt old drinking patterns permanently.
If your having a problem with alcohol and its effects, why not give me a call so we can discuss working together to get your life back on track.
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