Hangovers bring many things – dehydration, headaches and nausea but also feelings of anxiety and guilt.  This ‘hangxiety’ isn’t simply caused by what we can or can’t remember doing – it’s the way alcohol physically changes our brain.

Drinking – a case study

Charles* was angry when he came to see me. He was angry to have been asked to come, angry to be there, and angry to have to be expected to talk to me. He didn’t have to be angry though – as I reminded him, he didn’t even have to be there.

“I feel dreadful – why did I drink so much?”

You’re very quiet – are you okay?  Have you got a bug or something? A hangover actually.  That’s the problem with this time of year – I always seem to drink more than I meant to.

Alcohol free days

New Department of Health guidelines on drinking are expected to include having at least two alcohol free days in every week. But what are the benefits of making what seems such a small change?

Christmas – drinking

Christmas and New Year see most of us drinking more than usual, and for most of us it doesn’t cause us any problems at all. But how can we make sure that our drinking over the holiday period doesn’t end up crossing the line?

GoSober – the competitive Dryathlon

I’d not heard of “GoSober” before Keith* came to see me.  GoSober (also called the Dryathlon) is a sponsored non-drinking pledge for the whole of October, with the money raised going to MacMillan Cancer Support.  Keith had signed up at work, but was finding not drinking much harder going than he had thought for.

What is CBT ?

CBT, or Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, is a talking therapy. Whilst CBT cannot remove your problems it can help you to manage them in a much more positive way.

Putting the lid back on a drinking problem

The first thing Brian* told me about himself was that he wasn’t an alcoholic.  I hadn’t asked him, and I wouldn’t have seen him if he was as he’d have needed a supervised drying out programme.  What I had asked him though was if he thought he had a drinking problem, and his answer told me more than Brian realised.

Thinking of a dry January?

For many people the idea of a dry January has become much more common, and for some almost a ritual. The charity Alcohol Concern recently published figures showing that young people tend to drink more heavily, older people more frequently, and overall 9.6 million people in England drink in excess of the recommended daily limits. But how much good does can one month’s abstinence actually do?

Dealing with stress through drink – hypnotherapy for drinking

Sam* had rearranged her appointment with me a couple of times because of feeling ill, and when she did come to see me she still looked unwell. “I don’t sleep very well and I’m tired all the time” she told me “and I can’t afford to look unwell as I sell health and beauty products, and my tiredness is affecting my work”.