Drinkaware Drink Free Days

Updated: Oct 4, 2018

Public Health England and Drinkaware have teamed up to work on reducing the harmful effects of drinking alcohol. They have identified middle-aged people as more likely to have developed habits of drinking that put them at risk of serious, and potentially life-limiting conditions such as heart disease, liver disease, cancer, strokes, and brain damage.

Their advice is simple: the more you drink the higher the risk of serious health problems – particularly if you drink regularly. They suggest that you set yourself a target of having more drink-free days every week giving your body a chance to do its job to help you recover from the toxic effects of the alcohol.

These days, a lot of people take part in ‘dry January’ to have a recovery period after the excesses of the Christmas and New Year celebrations. Even if they are only drinking one or two glasses of wine each day, people who take a month’s break from drinking alcohol report having unexpected health benefits.

- Having a good quality night’s sleep

- Visibly clearer, improved skin

- More energy

- Weight loss

- Feeling happier

The first step to reducing and controlling your alcohol consumption is to notice how much you are drinking and how often, and be honest with yourself.

How do you feel about your alcohol consumption?

Is drinking just an occasional pleasure? Or has it become more of a regular habit without you even realising?

Do you sometimes feel that you need to have a drink?

Is your drinking habit causing you problems? Maybe other people have said something about your drinking that doesn’t make you feel good about yourself?

Every day in our everyday lives we are surrounded by positive images of alcohol. Drinking alcohol is a normalised part of adult life. But it’s when drinking alcohol becomes more of a habit and less of a pleasure that you may decide that you are ready to make a change towards a heathier future.

If you are ready to cut back your alcohol consumption or perhaps stop altogether, I can change your subconscious mind so that drinking too much, too often just doesn’t feel right to you anymore, and you will only want to drink in moderation if you want to drink at all.

Warning: Get medical advice before you stop drinking, it can be dangerous to stop suddenly without the support of a medical professional. Always seek the advice of your GP if you experience physical withdrawal symptoms like shaking, sweating, feeling anxious, feeling nauseous, retching, vomiting, hallucinations, fits or seizures. Your GP can prescribe medication to help you through severe physical withdrawal symptoms. Just remember that physical withdrawal symptoms are positive signs that your body is adjusting and removing toxins, it is doing its job and preparing you for recovery. www.nhs.uk

Quitting any addiction, or a no longer wanted habit, is so much easier with hypnotherapy.

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