‘Wine hath drowned more men than the sea.’ – Thomas Fuller
Problems with alcohol often creep up over time. Sometimes problems with alcohol may happen quickly particularly when used to ‘manage’ painful life events.
As alcohol is widely acceptable within our society as a part of everyday life, it often only becomes a problem to the drinker (and less acceptable to society) when the drinker loses their control over alcohol. Often people don’t realise (or don’t admit to themselves) that there is a problem with alcohol until it’s such a big problem that it may seem too difficult to change. Problems with alcohol take various forms. It may be binge drinking – not knowing when to stop. It may be constant, habitual drinking – not stopping. It may be regular drinking – perhaps only drinking at home, or only at weekends/evenings. Whatever the drinking pattern, if the drinker has first admitted to themselves that they have a problem AND that they WANT to change, they will get, by far, the best benefits from any therapy.
Often there are underlying reasons why somebody has a problem with alcohol, such as trauma, grief or other negative emotions. The techniques used are tailored to suit each individual to help them to take back the control from alcohol and make some of the most important changes that they will ever make. As part of the ‘Control your Drinking’ and ‘Stop Drinking’ packages, we provide guidance and support to each individual to help them make lasting change.