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When controlled drinking becomes uncontrollable, what can you do to help yourself?

Controlled drinking would appear to represent healthy drinking habits since it is embraced at intervals between episodes of normal functioning and sobriety. However this controlled drinking can all to easily get out of control.

It may help to consider the following questions:

  • How much choice do you feel you have over the number of alcoholic drinks you currently consume?

  • What function does this drinking habit serve you over and above the pleasure of having a drink?

  • Do you rely on the tranquillising effects of alcohol regularly to help you deal with stress?

  • Does a regular alcoholic drink help you to manage low or anxious mood?

  • Do you rely significantly on drinking to help you feel more comfortable in different social situations?

  • Does your drinking habit stop you from engaging in activities you used to enjoy?

  • Does your drinking habit stop you from socialising?

  • Does your drinking habit negatively affect your mood, self-confidence, self-esteem?

  • Have other people who know you ever voiced concern over how much you drink?

Not all alcohol misuse equates to alcoholism and early corrective measures can be put in place using CBT therapy to help many individuals positively change their relationship with alcohol.


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The CBT approach is rooted in scientific, evidence-based research advocating its effectiveness in theory and practical application. The model promotes self-reliance along with collaborative engagement. Positive results require your commitment to independent home-based practice tasks between sessions.

The goal of therapy is to enable you to apply CBT self help techniques to your own personal circumstances as quickly as possible. This will help to reinforce your confidence as you see positive improvements in the way you are able to deal with the deeper rooted problems affecting you.

Sessions are arranged weekly with bi-weekly arrangements to suit individual rates of progress.