problem drinking

Problem Drinking Hypnotherapy

Alcohol abuse Binge Drinking Heavy Drinker

Most problem drinkers don't have a problem with alcohol.

At Wellington Hypnosis we believe that binge drinkers have a problem with something else and they are trying to manage it by using alcohol. What they are suffering is actually the side effects of self medication. A psychological problem needs a psychological solution. Hypnosis provides that solution. Dealing with the underlying problem will automatically deal with the drinking.
Hypnosis has been used successfully with many problem drinkers. The approach depends on why they are drinking. Alcohol abuse is the same as any other substance abuse. There can be many underlying reasons for it. But it can usually be helped.

Hypnosis problem drinking

Problem Drinking types

Some drinkers have low self esteem and hate their weakness. They just want to shut down the little voice that tells them they are no good, they just want to feel normal, like everybody else, even just for half an hour, and the drink does that, for a while.

Some binge drink and don't know why. The drink makes them feel good until the next day, when they feel bad for bingeing: and then they save up the bad feelings until their next binge.

Some drinkers have never learned to cope with life's problems. They have come to believe that they cannot function without a drink to give them confidence, to face up to other people.

Some people believe that others are judging them, that they will not be accepted, and drinking shuts down those thoughts, that fear of social situations.

A habit of drinking can come about because of a belief that drinking equals relaxing, and the association is so strong they cannot imagine relaxing without a drink.

Others use drink to reward themselves. Then they they cannot stop drinking because the reward gets associated with finishing: the day, the job, everything.

Problem Drinking psychology

There is a strong psychological element to most problem drinking.
Hypnotherapy will help with the root causes, but the results will not be instant and it may take several sessions to
discover why they need to drink and how to correct it.


The normal procedure is to establish what the drinking pattern is, what triggers it, when it happens. This will guide the therapy.

Many people do not connect their drinking with feeling bad or uncertain about themselves and are quite surprised when that is found to be the cause.

Whatever the symptoms, the basic aim of the hypnosis is to find and correct the underlying emotions, what it is that the drink is being used to deal with.

This is normally done in one or more sessions in which the person becomes aware of how their mind is representing their problem, and then changes that representation. Hypnosis changes how the mind represents the problem and therefore destroys the thing that is causing the problem.


Most forms of alcohol abuse will respond well to hypnosis. The published results suggest that 75% or more of heavy drinkers are still sober twelve months after ending therapy. Drinkers who are not actually alcohol dependent but have other alcohol related problems such as binge drinking or anger problems usually have an even higher rate of recovery.

Tips to help control your drinking

Heavy drinking is bad for you in so many ways. It increases your risk of liver disease, anaemia, certain types of cancer, heart disease, and dementia. You can put on a huge amount of weight. Cutting back your consumption even by just a little, reduces these risks substantially.

To manage your drinking successfully, you need to make drinking a planned part of your life. Here are some ways that you can do that.

Decide how much you think is acceptabledrinking too much

if you going to drink, then you really need to plan when, and where, and how much. It is a bad idea to just do what you feel like. If you want to have a drink, that's fine, but you need to know in advance how much you are going to drink. If you don't decide on a limit, then you won't know when you've reached it.

Give yourself a target. Become familiar with the recommended guidelines. You need to know how much a unit of alcohol is, and how many you can safely consume per day, or per week. That is the basis of managing your drinking. If you limit your drinking, and take time to enjoy it, you will probably enjoy it more.

Set yourself a long-term goal

Once you know how much you are going to drink, you have to monitor it. Get yourself a little bit of cardboard, and keep it with you. You might want to slide it into your cigarette packet for example. You should also get another bit of card. On that you put down the reason why you want to control your drinking. Then every time you order a drink, or decide to pour one, take out both bits of card. On the first one you write down how many units that drink is, and why you are having it. At the same time look at what you wrote on the other card.

Have something to eat

If you drink on an empty stomach, you feel the effects of the alcohol much faster. That makes it much more likely that you will drink out of control. Before you have a drink, have something to eat. Eating before drinking will slow down the rate of absorption of alcohol. If you eat something first, it will take between one and six hours for your body to feel the full effects of the alcohol. Very often you will be home and safely in bed before that happens. You are still drunk, but at least you are not making a fool of yourself in public.

Space your drinks

If you want to get control of your drinking then you should vary what you drink. If you are drinking wine, then after each  glass of wine order a glass of orange juice. Or lemonade, sparkling water, or any other non-alcoholic drink. If you normally drink beer, then alternate with a light or zero beer. It looks the same, lets you fit in, but it greatly slows down your alcohol consumption.

Keep a diary

To really control your drinking it is a good idea to keep a drinking diary. Every day, right down what you drank the previous day. Write down what it was, the number of units, where you consumed it, and why you drank it. One day a week add up all the units and note how many units you have drunk that week. You can then compare week to week, and month-to-month, and see if your drinking is getting worse or better. Then every month, compare your actual drinking with your planned drinking, and adjust one of them.

Volunteer to stop drinking

If you are going out drinking with friends you can choose to be the designated driver. Even if you're not going to drive, you can volunteer to be the designated safekeeper. Your job is to make sure everyone else has a good time and gets home safely. Your mates will respect you for doing that and you get to join in and still stay sober.



Problem drinking tends to get worse if it is not dealt with. Do not allow alcohol to keep on affecting your life, business and relations. Book a session today.

Your session lasts about an hour, and costs $120.


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