How I Help Binge Drinkers Stop Drinking

When I read a recent report by the World Health Organisation regarding binge drinking statistics for the UK, I was initially surprised by our high placement of 13th in the list of world countries with the heaviest drinking. But heavy drinking and alcohol abuse are some of the most common issues I deal with on a daily basis.

Over the last several years I have developed a solid system of interventions within a therapeutic plan that help clients overcome their bingeing. These include:

1. Anchoring Feelings Of Power And Control
I often get clients to experience moments in their life when they had total power and control or if they cannot remember such a time, imagined power and control. This helps build confidence and the power to say no to alcohol. Hypnosis is fantastic for enhancing positive experiences and we build on these positive experiences during each session.

2. Saying No To Alcohol
There are certain situations where people who binge find it difficult to say no and I focus on bringing these situations up in the clients mind and get them to rehearse their newfound power and control. It’s surprising how powerful practising saying No! to alcohol is – the mind learns from this rehearsal and prepares you to stop drinking and to walk away from alcohol in these situations.

3. Imagining Ourselves As Non Drinkers
Sometimes bad habits feel like they have been with us for a lifetime but this is not necessarily true. I help clients imagine themselves without the binge drinking habit and this can be a real release for someone who has labelled themselves with the tag of ‘binge drinker’ for too long.

4. Changing The Binge Drinking Part Of Us
Through hypnosis we can address our binge drinking part and get it to accept healthy new ways of behaving instead that let the drinking habit go. Imagine yourself dealing with issues such as boredom or loneliness or anger in healthy ways that avoid alcohol intake. This can be achieved through hypnosis and really empowers the client.

5. Dealing Positively With Binge Drinking Triggers
Being aware of our triggers for excessive drinking can pave the way forward for reacting differently to alcohol in these situations. No matter what life throws up we can take a step back and experience ourselves in a positive way that helps us deal with any situations without the need to binge on alcohol.

These are just some of the techniques that I use on a daily basis to help clients stop bingeing. Get in touch if you need help!

Mark Spalek

Clinical Hypnotherapy, NLP, Brief Solution Focussed Therapy
Dip Hyp, Dip NLP, GHR (Reg), MSc, BSc, PGCE