Wednesday, January 28, 2015

3 Tips on How to Quit Binge Drinking

Binge drinking may be a milder form of alcohol dependency, but it's still a habit that can eventually lead to alcoholism – which, obviously, is bad news. It's usually characterised as being reliant on drinking to get through parties and other social situations, or regularly drinking just to get drunk.

Other signs of binge drinking are hiding the number of drinks you've had, regularly blacking out with no memory of what happened, or else always wanting “just one more drink”. Those who want to get the habit under control turn to hypnosis to help binge drinking Adelaide, or other methods.

After all, the effects of too much alcohol aren't just physical, but emotional and mental as well. People caught driving while drunk lose their license. Others experience sleeping problems, or else suffer from bouts of depression. So, what can you do to make sure you get your drinking under control, short of quitting cold turkey?
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1. Make it last. If you take a huge gulp every minute or so, you won't feel the effects until your 4th drink or more. You could in fact be tricking your body into thinking you need more than 2 drinks to get a certain buzz. Plus, you're building your tolerance level, which makes the problem worse.

Instead, train yourself to take just a sip every minute – nurse the drink, in other words – to make it last longer. Try staying away from the bar and moving around, to give yourself something to do. 

2. Keep a drink diary. Taking note of when you drink, what caused you to reach for a beer, and how you were feeling will help you pinpoint your triggers. This will go a long way towards you being able to wean yourself off alcohol.

For instance, if you tend to drink more when stressed or angry, force yourself to get up and go for a brisk walk or a light jog every time something gets you steamed up.

3. Get in deep. Maybe you still can't identify what made you drink so much that one night, or you're unsure if your triggers really are what cause you to hunt for the bottle. If your attempts to control your drinking aren't working, you may want to seek professional help.

See a hypnotherapist, for instance, so you can uncover the real reason and learn, eventually, how to quit binge drinking Adelaide.

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