How to cut down on alcohol
“I knew my drinking was becoming a problem. My work and home life were suffering, and I just didn’t know how to get my drinking back under control”
A common problem, which affects millions of people, is how to cut down on alcohol. Drinking problems usually starts innocuously enough with the odd social drink, but as time progresses, alcohol may be used as a coping mechanism or an avoidance strategy.
Periods of stress such as long work hours, financial difficulties and even a newborn baby, can all become a catalyst for alcohol related problems. Inherently as stressful events continue, and the alcohol intake increases, a persons drink dependency gets to the point where it needs to be addressed or serious repercussions can happen.
So how do you cut down on your alcohol intake?
One step at a time is probably the best advice to give. In addition there a few tips which if followed should make life easier.
- Try to have some alcohol free days.
- If you’re drinking every day, then drink alcohol only on alternative days.
- Avoid situations that usually mean drinking.
- Try to break the of drinking habit by finding other interests or even better go to the gym, for a workout.
- Use relaxation techniques to reduce stress
As habitual drinking is often used as stress reduction , participating in other forms of relaxation will reduce your desire for alcohol.
For some people the circumstances in their lives become out of their control and anxiety can become overwhelming . In these situations drinking to excess becomes the only way they can relax and forget about their problems.
If you are having difficulty finding ways of switching off and unable to manage your drinking consider a course of hypnotherapy. A trained hypnotherapist will provide appropriate treatment to help you control your alcohol intake and support you in dealing with the root cause of your desire to drink too excess.