WITH the recent warm weather across the UK, many of you reading this will have been spending time with family and friends and generally enjoying the social side of life that was a necessary casualty of the pandemic.
Most of you will, perhaps, have enjoyed more unhealthy food than usual and most likely drunk more alcohol. These are often temporary increases and once the British summer weather has returned to normal, eating and drinking will return to healthier levels for most people too.
But what if that doesn’t happen? What if you are finding it increasingly difficult to reduce and maintain drinking at a healthier level, or if alcohol has been causing you difficulties for some time now?
Below are some indications that perhaps alcohol plays too important a part in your life:
- Your drinking has become secretive
- You are drinking more, or more often, than your friends or family
- You drink more than you intend on an increasingly regular basis
- Hangovers, or other physical issues such as heartburn, are becoming more troublesome
- The opportunity to drink holds more appeal than other things that you enjoy doing
- You have tried to cut down or moderate your drinking only to find yourself rebounding within weeks or months
- You are experiencing short-term memory loss (blackouts)
- Loved ones and friends have expressed concern about your drinking
- You find yourself reaching for alcohol to take the edge off feelings or to cheer yourself up
This list is certainly not exhaustive, but generally, if you feel that things are getting a little out of hand, then they probably are.
This doesn’t mean that you are an ‘alcoholic’, however, and it certainly doesn’t mean that you have to stop drinking.
Problematic drinking is a spectrum, ranging from mild to severe dependency, and also includes what is often referred to as ‘binge drinking’. If you suspect that you are experiencing a problem with your drinking, help is available. The old adage of having to hit rock bottom is no longer relevant – you can start moving towards a healthier relationship with alcohol whenever you like.
The Sinclair Method is just one way of reducing your drinking and, if you have simply had enough and want to stop drinking completely, it can also be utilised to reach a comfortable abstinence.
Sinclair Method UK offers a completely free, confidential, and non-judgemental discussion for all Charity Today readers. Get in touch by email today and talk through any concerns you may have with a qualified and experienced counsellor.
For more information, please visit: www.SinclairMethodUK.com, or email: Joanna@sinclairmethoduk.com.