Will hypnotherapists stop drinking?
anonymous Asks ...
I know that hypnosis can help people quit smoking. Can it help people who drink too much liquor also? I think that it might work for me because I do not think about drinking too much until I am triggered by certain things, like seeing friends in a pub and then I always drink way too much.
Jill Edwards Says ...
You ask whether hypnosis will stop your drinking and I think the answer lies in knowing more about the hypnotherapist and yourself. There probably are hypno therapists who can help you, but they would be curative therapists who would take into account all your circumstances. And if you were working with someone you would need to be in a position where you really wanted to stop drinking.
It is good news to know that you are not thinking about drinking all the time and that your brain is freed up to do other things. If you tend to get drinking with friends in a pub, it looks like, there are a number of things going on. One might be because you are friendly with people who are heavy drinkers, and you may need to get involved in some other friendships where drinking in the pub is not all that they do. On the other hand you may be relatively shy about meeting people in the pub and you may be getting drunk to help you deal socially with the situation.
On the other hand if you always drink way too much, it looks as though you may have a personal problem with alcohol. If this is the case, then you may do well to stop going to the pub and to stop drinking before you get involved in trouble, being mugged, getting involved with difficult partners or whatever else drinking too much might bring. It might be anything.
In summary, if you know a good hypnotherapist, they might be worth a try, but it does not cost anything to try new behaviour and you could do with keeping away from circumstances which will definitely get you into more trouble than you had bargained