It’s fun to hang out with friends and drink away your stress and the week’s worries. All you want to do is have a few drinks over the weekend and you’re ready to face the coming week.
While this may seem harmful and quite a lot of fun, once the frequency of drinking grows and you start consuming alcohol in large quantities, it can eventually turn towards a problem of binge drinking.
How Do You Know If You’re Binge Drinking Or Are A Casual Drinker?
Usually, if you have four to five drinks or more within a span of two hours, it is considered as binge drinking. Also, it’s not necessary that you drink each day in the same quantity, but the average will be similar. You may also find it difficult to slow down the pace at which you drink and not being able to do so can turn you violent or severely depressed.
How Can You Stop?
With the progression in understanding mental health, there are numerous techniques that can help you stop binge drinking.
Dr. Vihan Sanyal works in the field of mental health and has various certifications from prominent American boards in NLP, Hypnotherapy, Gestalt Therapy, and Transactional Analysis. With more than 12 years of clinical experience in the field of mental health, he has successfully treated cases of psychological and psychosomatic disorders, including binge drinking. He is also the Founder of Mind Factory, a center for creating awareness, offering treatment and healing in the areas of mental health.
According to Dr. Sanyal, psychotherapy has many options in hypnotherapy, NLP and CBT that can help to reduce the craving you have for a drink. With regular sessions, you can also reduce the amount you drink, and with time, can even come to completely avoid or give up alcohol use.
What If Therapy Does Not Help?
While these therapies have shown positive results in most cases, in case it does not seem to give the desired results, your therapist will suggest a combination of medicines that can work together with the sessions and help you stay off alcohol, or keep it under control. Dr. Sanyal goes on to add that these medicines can help to control your impulses and can also keep your cravings under control.
With the right medical guidance and support, it is possible to get rid of binge drinking and take back control of your life and health. Speaking to a therapist or even a regular doctor about this can help you get the best medical help at the earliest.
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