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With the recent warm weather across the UK, many of you reading this will have spent time with family and friends and generally enjoyed the social side of life which has been a necessary victim of the pandemic.

Most of you may have eaten more unhealthy foods than usual and probably drunk more alcohol. These are often temporary increases and once the UK summer weather returns to normal, eating and drinking will also return to healthier levels for most people.

But what if that doesn’t happen? What if you’re finding it increasingly difficult to reduce and maintain your alcohol intake at a healthier level, or if alcohol has been giving you trouble for a while now?

Here are some indications that alcohol may be playing too big a role in your life:

  • Your drinking has become a secret
  • You drink more or more often than your friends or family
  • You drink more than expected on an increasingly regular basis
  • Hangovers or other physical issues such as heartburn become more bothersome
  • The possibility of drinking is more appealing than other things you like to do
  • You’ve tried to cut down or moderate your alcohol intake only to find yourself bouncing back within weeks or months
  • You experience short-term memory loss (blackouts)
  • Relatives and friends have expressed concern about your drinking
  • You find yourself reaching for alcohol to soothe your feelings or to cheer you up

This list is certainly not exhaustive, but in general, if you feel like things are getting a little out of control, it probably is.

That doesn’t mean you’re an “alcoholic,” and it certainly doesn’t mean you should stop drinking.

Problematic alcohol use is a spectrum ranging from mild to severe dependence, and also includes what is often referred to as ‘binge drinking’. If you suspect you are having a problem with your drinking, help is available. The old adage of hitting rock bottom no longer holds true – you can start moving towards a healthier relationship with alcohol anytime you want.

The Sinclair Method is just one way to reduce your alcohol intake, and if you’ve simply had enough of it and want to stop drinking altogether, it can also be used to achieve comfortable abstinence.

Sinclair Method UK offers a completely free, confidential and non-judgmental discussion for all Charity Today readers. Contact us by email today and discuss your concerns with a qualified and experienced advisor.

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