It is widely known that excessive drinking can have an impact on your health and wellbeing, but what is perhaps not as clear is what exactly counts as ‘excessive’.
Most people would admit that it would be better if they drank a little less, but wouldn’t believe their daily alcohol consumption or weekend drinking habit would be considered damaging or unhealthy.
However, more and more research is showing that the amount people are currently drinking, either as a casual drinker or weekend binge drinker, needs to be addressed, even if that person does not have a dependency on alcohol.
The NHS advises that, to reduce the risk of harming your health, men and women should drink no more than 14 units of alcohol per week, the equivalent of six pints of average strength beer, or 10 small glasses of wine. Furthermore, these 14 units should ideally be consumed over three days or more.
However, many adults in the UK are regularly consuming over 14 units a week, often having over half their weekly alcohol units in a single night. Having ‘just’ a bottle of wine in one night puts you over the recommended limit according to government standards, and if you drink a couple of large glasses within a short space of time it can even be classed as binge drinking. A survey of 2,000 people by YouGov showed that 83% of respondents believed that regularly drinking over the daily limit would not affect their long term health.
The short term effects of alcohol consumption include disturbed sleep, stress and anxiety, memory loss, sweating, shaking, and stomach issues. However, drinking above the recommended limit regularly has been shown to have long term health effects that increase the risk of alcohol-related illnesses and health complications. These can include heart disease, weight gain, diabetes, increased blood pressure, liver disease, cancer, stomach ulcers, brain damage, and nutritional deficiencies.
More than 9 million people in the UK drink more alcohol than ‘low risk’ levels, with 15,000 deaths a year in England being related to alcohol. Even if you believe your drinking is ‘not that serious’, you may find, once you add up all the units you have during the week, that your habit could be negatively impacting your health without you even realising.
So, even if you do not drink alcohol every day, or if you only drink during meals, or at the weekend, the number of units you are consuming a week could very likely be too high to maintain long term health.
There are many reasons people drink regularly, whether the habit is connected with relaxing with friends, de-stressing after a long day at work, or in joy for the arrival of the weekend.
What many people do not realise is that their drinking often has an ‘emotional’ component. Whether you are drowning your sorrows or drinking in celebration, you slowly build up habitual drinking behaviours based on how you are feeling or how your day has gone. Regular drinking therefore can be reduced by addressing the ‘emotional’ aspect of alcohol consumption.
Hypnotherapy for Alcohol Reduction
If you are interested in reducing the amount of alcohol you drink regularly then hypnotherapy can help you. Hypnosis works with your subconscious mind to address those ‘emotional’ reasons behind your drinking. Whether you drink when you are mad, sad or glad, hypnosis targets the subconscious associations you have developed over time, so that the next time you have a bad day at work or you feel like celebrating, your first thought is not to crack open a bottle of wine or go for happy hour cocktails.
As you reduce your alcohol intake to within the recommended guidelines your long term well-being will improve, ensuring yourself a happy and healthy future.