Have we been drinking more lately?
Just before lockdown in Britain, alcohol sales rose by 67% as people prepared to drink at home.
The question is – were people stocking up because they feared shortages or were they drinking more because of fear, anxiety, grief or boredom?
During lockdown itself research suggests that around 8.6 million UK adults have drunk alcohol more frequently. Worryingly, nearly one in five (18%) who drink on a daily basis have further increased the amount of alcohol they have consumed since lockdown. The effects of this increase in drinking more alcohol before, during and after the COVID-19 lockdown could be felt for a generation, some experts have warned.
Why does it matter?
Because habits can form quickly and easily but can be hard to break.
Alcohol intake - and its management - is particularly important for well-being and mental health not only during this pandemic but in general. In addition to that there, drinking too much affects not only the individual but the relationships around them.
For example, one in fourteen (7%) survey respondents felt that alcohol had worsened their household tensions since lockdown began.
Unfortunately, whilst alcohol can help us relax and give us a brief feeling of euphoria, the effects are short-lived and the long-term negative consequences of over-using alcohol can be harmful. You may already be aware that if you rely on alcohol to manage your mental health issues, that reliance can itself become a problem.
You may well find that the drinking gets in the way of other activities and puts a strain on your relationships and your work. You may realise that drinking affects you negatively more than you at first imagined.
You may drink so much you black out and worry about what you did or said the night before. You may injure yourself while inebriated. You may wake up feeling hungover and unable to enjoy the day after drinking. The quality of your sleep may suffer.
Hypnosis for alcohol
While some will find that cutting down without support is possible, others will need assistance.
What Can You Do About It?
My Reduce Alcohol hypnosis program will help.
If your drinking has become a habit, it’s important to remember that habits can be changed. Drinking, like other habits, is a mental “program”. In a way you have “programmed” yourself to drink alcohol in just the same way that you have programmed yourself to ride a bicycle. The good news is that mental programs can be re-set and re-written.
Not only hypnosis is an effective way of dealing with the problems that excess alcohol can lead to -such as issues with relationships, weight and health, it can also help with the habit of drinking too much. With the help of hypnosis we can identify the areas and aspects of your life that may require tweaks and modification.
In particular, it will enable you to adapt, change and to look at alcohol intake in a completely new way.
Hypnosis will help you realise that alcohol is not essential to relaxation, and is not necessary as a crutch or coping mechanism. Like any other habit or addiction we need to first look at the function alcohol serves in your life. When that is clear we can find better coping mechanism that empower you and leave you feeling in charge.
My Reduce Alcohol program will enable you to take back control, and will lead the way to a fitter, healthier you!
And now it can all be done from the comfort of your own home, wherever you are in the world. Online sessions are available, so book your session now! Let the changes begin!
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