Brian William Smith
Quantum Consciousness Facilitator |Mod Psychology | NLP MPrac | MH | PMAHA
Master Mindfulness Practitioner | Thought Field Therapy | Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Past AHA Qld Workshop Co-ordinator | Treasurer.
In these challenging times, cutting back alcohol, or cutting it out altogether, can play a major role in helping you look after your mental health. For some people, alcohol can intensify feelings of depression, hopelessness and loneliness. You may find yourself having a few drinks to try and escape your problems but end up dwelling on them more. In Australian culture, alcohol often accompanies socialising and celebration and many Australians enjoy drinking alcohol in moderation from time to time. However, Australia has one of the highest rates of binge drinking among young people worldwide. 45% of risky and or high risk alcohol consumption takes place amongst 18-25 year old drinkers. “High-risk” drinking behaviours such as this can result in negative physical, mental and social consequences.
Alcohol occupies a significant place in Australian culture and is consumed in a wide range of social circumstances. In general, alcohol is consumed in Australia at levels of low immediate risk. However, some people may drink at levels that increase their risk of developing health problems over the course of their life, as well as increasing their risk of alcohol related injury. In 2017-18, 78.8% of Australians aged 18 years and over had consumed alcohol in the past year. A further 8.5% had consumed alcohol 12 or more months ago, and 11.6% had never consumed alcohol. More men had consumed alcohol in the past year (84.5%) than women (73.3%). For many excess drinking becomes a way of life and many consume far more than the recommended 2 standard units / day or a maximum of 4 units on any single occasion,
How to know if you’re drinking too much
Drinking alcohol is so normalised in Australia that it can be difficult to know when you’re overdoing it. Some people find it hard to go a day without drinking, or to limit the number of drinks they have at any one time. Low-level dependence like this can gradually increase over time until alcohol becomes a real problem.
Signs that you may have a problem with your drinking:
Tips for cutting down
A more common form of alcohol misuse in Australia is the daily consumption of alcohol. Many clients who undertake my Gaining Control drinking program do so because they drink on a daily basis and are concerned of the effect that continued alcohol consumption may have on their health as well as their social and professional lives. In effect, they sense a lack of control over their drinking and this may be due to emotional issues, stress or simply habitual behaviour.
If you binge drink or feel that you are consuming more alcohol than you’d like or that your drinking is causing you concern, be assured that my “stop or gain control” drinking program will get you back on track. If you are experiencing harmful or negative consequences from your drinking, or would like further information on how Clinical Therapeutic Hypnotherapy may be beneficial in many aspects of your life, then please do not hesitate in contacting me.
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Have an amazing day,
Brian William Smith.