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As a result of alcohol being much more affordable and it becoming more socially acceptable to drink often there has been a significant increase in the number of people drinking more alcohol that the recommended limits. Not surprisingly this has led to an increase in alcohol related health issues.
Government guidelines recommend that both men and women should drink no more than one to two units of alcohol each day. One unit is equal to a 25ml spirit measure, 125ml glass of wine or half a pint of average strength beer.
Alcohol becomes problematic when a person feels unable to cope without it or when it stops them from carrying out their normal daily activities (home, work and socially). It is common for people to use alcohol to mask underlying issues. When the uncontrollable desire for alcohol overrides a person’s ability to stop drinking they are referred to as being alcohol dependent. Physical symptoms which may be experienced with alcohol dependence includes nausea, sweating, anxiety and shaking.
Health problems associated with drinking alcohol excessively include liver cirrhosis, heart failure, depression, anxiety and damage to the brain and nervous system. It can cause problems in relationships, careers and may even contribute to financial hardship. It is common for the person suffering to experience feelings of guilt, shame and remorse but despite these feelings and efforts to control the habit many find it too difficult to deal with alone and need help.
Symptoms of drinking too much alcohol may include: persistent drinking, a strong desire to drink, loss of control, lack of concentration, memory blackouts, mood changes, a growing tolerance to drink and a lack of interest in other activities.
Hypnotherapy is often used in the treatment of addictions which includes alcohol. Some clients may wish to just reduce their alcohol consumption whereas others may want to abstain altogether – the choice is yours.
The techniques used during hypnotherapy can establish the cause of the problem and the hypnotherapist can work with you to establish healthier coping strategies and change your attitude towards alcohol. If you consider yourself to be alcohol dependent then it is advisable to also seek specialist help via your GP as you may wish to evaluate the options of taking medication to assist in your recovery.
The number of sessions required varies dependent upon the client but on average 6 sessions will be required.