Updated: Jun 25, 2020
The events of 2020 (Covid19) have certainly changed our lives in many ways. Through the periods of lockdown, under employment, no employment, even having to home school the children has had a huge impact on most of our lives. It has given us time to reflect on what is important to us but for many it has induced enormous stress and anxiety, loneliness and increased our bad habits and behaviours. Have we been drinking more?
In Australia recent statistics from the Foundation of Alcohol and Research Education (FARE) show that 70% of the respondents they surveyed are drinking more than they did before the pandemic, 34% say they are now drinking everyday and 20% are starting earlier in the day. 30% drinking more to cope with emotional distress, (home schooling, anxiety, loneliness).
In Briton some experts have warned, the effects of Britons drinking more alcohol during the COVID-19 lockdown could be felt for a generation. Alcohol sales rose by 67% just prior to the lockdown, as many prepared to drink at home.
The question remained, however – were people stocking up because they feared shortages? Or were they actually drinking more?
The research suggests that around 8.6 million UK adults have drunk alcohol more frequently under lockdown. Worryingly, nearly one in five (18%) daily drinkers have further increased the amount of alcohol they have consumed since lockdown.
The Standard drink
The recommended levels (in Australia) are no more than 10 std drinks per week and have at least 1 alcohol free day. 1 x 100ml glass of wine is 1 std drink.
Now we are drinking mainly at home, how standard is your glass?
Why does it matter? Habits are formed quickly and can be hard to break.
Alcohol intake and its management is particularly important for well-being and mental health not only during this pandemic but in our normal daily lives. And there are also risks beyond the individual. One in 14 (7%) survey respondents felt that alcohol had worsened their household tensions since lockdown began. Unfortunately, whilst alcohol can help us relax and give us a brief feeling of euphoria, the effects are short-lived and the long-term negative consequences of over-using alcohol can be harmful. If you rely on alcohol to manage your emotional and mental health issues, that reliance can itself become a problem. You may well find that your drinking gets in the way of other activities and puts a strain on your relationships and your work and can further increase your social isolation.
What Can You Do About It?
While some will find that cutting down without support is possible, others will need assistance.
If your level of drinking is concerning you and you want to cut down,
my Beyond Booze - Reduce Alcohol program will enable you to take back control and look at alcohol intake in a completely different way.
What will you get with the program:
Control back in your life and lead the way to be a fitter, healthier you
1 x 2hr initial session, 2 x 1hr follow-up sessions
Confidential personalised program
Ability to break the habit that you have programmed
Identify the underlying causes that trigger your need for alcohol
Look at areas of your life that might need a tweak or modification.
Face to face consultation in the clinic or if you prefer the comfort of your own home, wherever you are in the world, online sessions are available via zoom.
Can you ride a bicycle?
If your drinking has become a habit, it’s worth remembering that drinking is merely a mental “program” - you have “programmed” yourself to drink alcohol in just the same way that you have programmed yourself to ride a bicycle.
And these mental programs can be re-set and re-written.
Hypnosis is an effective approach in dealing with the problems that excess alcohol can lead to - issues with relationships, weight and health. It will identify those areas and aspects of your life that may require tweaks and modification. In particular, it will enable you to adapt, change and to look at alcohol intake in a completely new way.
Hypnosis will help you realise that alcohol is not essential to relaxation, and is not necessary as a crutch or coping mechanism.
If you're ready to get Beyond Booze now and know more about the program contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org