Alcohol abuse and alcoholism are not small problems in Australia. Experts estimate the annual cost at somewhere in the vicinity of $36 billion.
Excessive drinking is tied to at least three thousand deaths in the nation every year, with thousands more hospitalised. Auto accidents, fatal and near fatal illnesses, and successful or attempted suicides top the list.
Then, of course, there are the untold thousands of husbands, wives, children, and other family members whose lives are damaged from having to deal with the fallout from living with problem drinkers; so add intense emotional pain to the physical and financial damage.
There is a growing recognition, among both laypersons and health professionals, that hypnosis and hypnotherapy are effective tools for working with alcohol abuse; and the fact that you are taking the time to read this blog probably means that you are at least wondering if you need help with unwise drinking.
Here are some questions to ask yourself:
Have you had an accident that, if you look at it honestly, you know would not have happened if you hadn’t been drinking?
Have you gotten into physical fights when drinking, but never when sober?
Have you been arrested for driving under the influence?
Even though you are a mellow person when you are sober, do your friends and family stay out of your way when you have had a few, because you are an angry drunk?
Have you lost a job, or been threatened with its loss, because even though you never miss a day of work, your hangovers interfere with your job performance?
Have you gotten up the morning after a big weekend and been unable to remember what you did?
Have your family or friends told you they are concerned about your drinking?
If you answered even a couple of those questions yes, then you need to face the probability that you are drinking unwisely, that you have a drinking problem. That means you have a living problem, and it didn’t start yesterday.
In the next blog we will take a deeper look at the problem, and how hypnosis and hypnotherapy can make a difference. And then, if you live in the Gold Coast area, you may want your next step to be giving a call to clinical hypnotist Greg Thompson.