Friday, 9 December 2011

Alcohol is not just for Christmas

As the Christmas party season really starts to gather pace, there is often a real pressure to drink alcohol. However this pressure isn't just a Christmas thing, it's there at every social occasion nowadays. 

Clever advertising has led us to believe alcohol relaxes us, makes us feel better and makes us more confident. In reality, the more we drink, the more tolerant of alcohol we become and the greater amounts we need therefore to achieve the same feeling we once got from it. So when do we know we’ve got a problem with alcohol? 

The best way to work this out is to observe how and what you drink. Keeping a drinking diary for 2-3 weeks can be a really helpful tool.

Each day make a note of what you’ve drunk. By doing this, you can see how many days of the week you drink and whether your consumption is above the recommended guidelines.

It may be worthwhile to jot down where you are and who you’re with when you drink so that you can monitor this behaviour and take control of it if needs be. You could also imagine what it would be like not to drink for two weeks, consider how quickly you drink and whether you make excuses to drink.

If you would like more information, see www.drinkaware.co.uk or alternatively, to book an initial session with one of our experienced practitioners please contact your local First Psychology centre.

Edinburgh centre: 0131-668-1440, www.edinburghtherapy.co.uk
Glasgow centre: 0141-404-5411, www.glasgowpsychology.co.uk
Borders centre: 01896-800-400, www.borderspsychology.co.uk

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