Binge Drinking

If your problem activity is binge drinking, you stimulate brain chemistry the time you take that first sip of alcohol.  The name of this chemical involved in this process is dopamine.

This dopamine tells you something wonderful is going to happen. But this doesn’t happen with the first sip.  So, convinced it’s about to, you have another. And another. Each time you have one you have the expectation of more pleasure, and so you want to keep binge drinking. It’s addiction.

You are being tricked by the little dopamine rush that you are about to have a great time, if you just keep on binge drinking.

Perhaps you get engaged with other drinkers and feel that you are on the brink of something remarkable. You just keep drinking and drinking. Perhaps you do something daft, end up somewhere else, or with someone else. Perhaps you run up a large credit card bar bill, or missing the last bus home, and have to walk or take a taxi.

Then the following morning, you wake up with binge drinkers remorse, a sore head, and realise what rubbish you, and they were talking.  You might feel embarrassed about your behaviour in some way. You regret spending all that money.

One cure is to drink some more,  otherwise referred to as ‘hair of the dog’, although I’m sure it’s not really a good idea to do so.

People who drink to excess can spend several hours engaged in binge drinking in one setting or another, and then perhaps, several more hours getting over the after effects of sickness or hangover.  

Do any of the following Binge Drinking behaviours sound familiar to you?

Do you spend a great deal of time thinking about drinking? Such as planning what you are going to be drink, where you are going to drink or who you are going to drink with. 

Do you often overdo drinking without realising or intending to? Such as only intending to have one or two glasses of wine to relax, and then ending up drinking the whole bottle, or even opening the second.

Do you need to engage in drinking more and more before you get any satisfaction?  

Do you find it difficult to restrain yourself and feel that you are missing out if you don’t drink?

Does drinking too much affect other parts of you life. Such as turning up for work late, or missing out on enjoying the weekend because you can’t function properly the day after drinking.

Have your tried to cut down, or stop without being able to do so?

Anyone with an addictive behavior can spend a great deal of time thinking about it. Is this you?

If you need help controlling your binge drinking and or any other addictions   and are finding it difficult to do this, then hypnosis can help you change. Contact Sarah Jons Cognitive Hypnotherapist to find out more today.


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