What is alcohol addiction and am I addicted?

Alcohol addiction, also referred to as alcoholism affects a whole spectrum of people from many different backgrounds and walks of life. It is a real illness in that it changes the chemistry of your brains reward system, leading you to believe that you need alcohol in order to experience any kind of joy or satisfaction from life. The reality of the illness is that very little joy outside of drinking exists for the alcoholic.

So are you addicted to alcohol? There are many different signs or symptoms of alcoholism, below are just a few of the most common signs and symptoms:

  • Very high tolerance to alcohol, finding it difficult to get drunk
  • Drinking alcohol at unusual times of the day, first thing in the morning for example.
  • Drinking alone, being less sociable, maybe a change of friends, associating with other drinkers.
  • Increased low self-esteem and depression
  • Increase in frequency of drinking or strength of alcohol you’re drinking
  • Avoiding contact with loved ones.
  • Needing alcohol to function and go about your normal daily activities

Long term affects of alcoholism on your health


Heavy and frequent alcohol use can be very damaging to our health. Here are just some of the problems that alcoholism can cause:

  • Stomach Ulcers
  • Liver Damage
  • Complications with Diabetes
  • Infertility
  • Birth defects, if alcohol is used during pregnancy
  • Suppressed Immune System
  • Problems with eye sight
  • Reduction in bone density

These are just a few of the most common problems along with the obvious increase in things like accidents due to being intoxicated. There is also a severely increased risk of suicides and mental health issues amongst alcoholics. To read what the NHS website says about alcohol addiction, please read here

Can hypnotherapy help me?

Hypnotherapy can be a very successful approach to dealing with any kind of addiction. The reason for that is that it can help re-wire our brains association with drinking, so we see it for what it is.

Alcohol addiction is not easy to overcome, there will be set backs and struggles with any kind of recovery from addiction. The benefits of hypnotherapy are significant though as they address the very roots of the problem that caused you to drink in the first place, stress, depression, trauma, grief, divorce, low self- esteem etc.

By working on the very roots of the problem, we are learning coping strategies along with changing our perception of alcohol use, so effectively attacking the disease from every angle.

I have helped many people overcome alcoholism and if you’re suffering then please get in touch and let us start to make changes in your life.

Admitting that there’s a serious problem can be painful for the whole family, not just the alcohol dependent person. But don’t be ashamed. You’re not alone. Alcohol dependency affects millions of families, from every social class, race, and culture. But there is help and support available for both you and your loved ones.

Call Stuart for a free confidential consultation – 07825 599340


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