AREAS OF EXPERTISE
How do I know if I have a drinking problem?
Counselling is an effective treatment for alcohol abuse and binge drinking.
Learn to understand the effects of alcohol in order to stop drinking or change your drinking habits.
Alcohol abuse can adversely affect your whole life
Do you feel out of control about your drinking at times or have had friends comment on how much you drink?
Do you suffer from the effects of alcohol because of binge drinking (having more than five standard drinks on one occasion)?
And, do you find yourself drinking more than is safe for your health (two standard drinks per day)? If so, you may need to think about cutting down on alcohol.
You may feel a compulsion to drink, have physical cravings for alcohol or need to drink increasing amounts to get the desired effect. In which case, you may need to quit entirely.
What are the benefits of alcohol treatment?
The benefits of cutting down on alcohol use can be life changing. There are numerous health benefits including improved liver function, decreased risk of cancer and diabetes.
Additionally, improvement in memory ad cognitive functioning, and an immediate positive impact on depression are common. Along with weight reduction and increased energy levels.
See my Six Easy Steps for Stopping Drinking in Dry July (still relevant for late starters to Dry July or for an abstinent August).
If you have alcohol dependence you need to see your GP for medical tests, a plan to safely reduce and quit alcohol. In come cases, a referral for specialist detoxification treatment or rehabilitation may apply.
Alcohol abuse would also benefit from GP assessment and advice, with a choice of psychological, counselling, support groups and self-help available.
How can counselling help with alcohol abuse?
Counselling can help you to understand why you drink and identify triggers that place you at risk of drinking. You will find new ways of dealing with stresses and anxieties and be supported in working through feelings of shame and guilt often associated with alcohol abuse. People become more aware of the negative impacts that alcohol has had on their lives, relationships and work.
- just wondering whether I need to change my drinking habits
- preparing to stop drinking or planning to cut down
- taking action to stop alcohol or to limit my drinking
- maintaining the changes I have made in my life and continue my plan not to drink/to drink less
- preventing relapse to alcohol abuse
- recovering from alcohol relapse.
Act quickly for early intervention with a drinking problem before it becomes worse.
If you are suffering physical symptoms because of your drinking you are advised to see your GP for assessment.
Alternately, if you want to access a government program inquire at your local community centre or government drug and alcohol service.