Do you fear you are misusing alcohol, or are you living with someone who drinks excessively?
There is a lot of stigma, shame and judgement around drinking in our society.
It is very normal and acceptable to drink in a certain way (in fact it is almost expected) and drink is everywhere around us. We drink to celebrate weddings and births and birthdays and Christmas. We drink at funerals. We drink to relax. But for some people, drink becomes a necessity, and they drink more often and in larger amounts than they know other people find acceptable. They can find themselves drinking at inappropriate times, and even when they did not intend to. It is very hard to talk about this even to people we know well, because there is so much judgement.
It may be that you are going through a difficult time - for example, after a bereavement or a difficult life event like retirement, redundancy, a broken relationship or parent’s divorce. Or you may be one of those people who will always find it difficult to control or stop drinking once you have started. This can happen to anyone, at any age or stage of life.
It is not a moral issue. You are not a bad person, or even a weak willed person. There are solutions, and I can help you find the one that is right for you. Many more people have problems with alcohol than you may think, but it is rarely discussed openly and there is a great deal of ignorance and misunderstanding about alcohol problems among those who do not suffer them. Having a drink problem is not your fault – but you can choose to take responsibility for dealing with it by asking for help. Please contact me today for a no obligation chat.