Jeff Dunbar BBA CH

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Drinking Problem or Alcohol Addiction?

Firstly, when we talk about drinking problems (or alcohol abuse) we are NOT talking about Alcohol Addiction which is something different.

If you take a drink to avoid feeling bad, or alternatively to make yourself feel good, then it’s possible that your drinking could be a problem. Alcohol abuse can “sneak up” on without notice and what can seem like the same old “social drinking” can take on a new dimension.

Understanding alcohol abuse is the first step in doing something about it.

So what actually is Alcohol Abuse?

As with all psychological conditions, there are a large number of factors that can influence your likelihood of becoming an “alcohol abuser” or not. There are just as many factors which might lead you take up drinking as a way of coping with life’s stresses and anxieties.

If the environment in which you grew up was associated with heavy drinking then you are more likely to develop an alcohol related problem.

People suffering excessive worry or sadness are also more susceptible as the temptation to “avoid” the factors causing the problem by “drinking them away” can be tempting.

Our society tends to regard drinking as a perfectly acceptable social activity and this makes it difficult to determine the point at which social drinking becomes alcohol abuse.

The most reliable measure of whether or not you have an alcohol abuse problem is the degree to which it is affecting your life, in your relationships and in your home and work environments.

Do I have an Alcohol Abuse problem?

It is possible that you do have a problem if you experience any of the following:

If you believe that you have an alcohol abuse problem then we advise, in the first instance, that you discuss the matter with your Doctor prior to consulting us for help.

What are the symptoms of alcohol abuse?

Alcohol Abuse sufferers differ from Alcoholics in that they have some ability to influence their actions by conscious intervention. This does NOT mean that Alcohol Abuse is OK or is not a problem. For many Addicts, Alcohol Abuse is the stepping stone to full blown addiction. (Again this may depend on many factors mentioned above)

Some of the more common Symptoms or Behavioural patterns associated with Alcohol Abuse are:

As with many problems and issues, the choice of therapeutic tool often depends on your personal history and background. In many cases three or four sessions of Clinical Hypnosis can often make a sufficient difference to eliminate the problem, but just as often, a course of Analytical Hypnosis proves to be more suitable.

If you believe that you have an alcohol or addiction problem, then please get in touch with me in the first instance: