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To try hypnotherapy to drink less wine

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ShaniaTwang Mon 20-Mar-17 05:06:55

When I drink, which is about two or three times a week I always drink too much wine, probably about a bottle of wine. I really want to be able to just have a glass and leave it at that. Has hypnotherapy been successful for anyone in doing this? Or anything else?

supercue Mon 20-Mar-17 05:22:11

Relative had hypnotherapy for several similar issues, didn't help one little bit.

ShaniaTwang Mon 20-Mar-17 07:21:24

Oh. Anyone tried any thing that works ?

Titsywoo Mon 20-Mar-17 07:24:07

Yes, give up for a year. After that you are out of the habit. But extreme but worked for me grin

Crumbs1 Mon 20-Mar-17 07:25:43

Buy the small bottles? Reduce opening a bottle to once a week? A whole bottle is an awful lot - do you need professional help?

SaucyJack Mon 20-Mar-17 07:25:53

Buy the mini bottle and don't store extra alcohol in the house

If it's not there, you can't drink it.

LuxuryWoman2017 Mon 20-Mar-17 07:27:47

Not buying it. Seriously I used to drink rivers of wine and had to stop altogether. Didn't take very long to lose the taste for it with the support of a thread here.

If you want to drink it, could you buy the mini bottles?

Itisnoteasybeingdifferent Mon 20-Mar-17 07:32:56

Shania,
Love the Twang, BTW.. We know the feeling. A glass of wine turns into two bottles between us. For us it got to being every day. Looking forward to going for a drink.

Then we both decided to cut down or not drink at all... I think it was a joint realisation that we were drinking too much and partially a concious decision to do something that we had to break the habit. Actualy it was quite easy as we simply stopped drinking. But, I think it may have been easier as were drinking every day as opposed to the twice a week but down the whole bottle you describe.

Ethylred Mon 20-Mar-17 07:43:09

If, as it is for me, the point of the wine is merely to give the feeling of giving yourself a treat, then try instead making an elaborate pot of some exotic tea. The point is not the tea but the elaborateness of the preparation.

There have been times that my wine consumption has crept up to levels I've felt it was too much and I've had to cut back. I think for myself if I'd got to the stage where I felt I needed hypnotherapy to cut back or stop completely for a while I'd worry about my dependency on it.

ScoobyDoosTinklyLaugh Mon 20-Mar-17 08:02:53

I'm exactly the same, generally if I open a bottle I finish it. I've just stopped buying it for now, but if I fancy a drink to have a nice bath with, I'll buy a bottle of beer.

I think pp is right about if it's a treat/unwinding time you need to find something else. I do yoga before bed now and can't do it if I've had a drink so that puts me off.

I've heard good things about hypnosis and I've used a hypnosis app for weight loss and binge eating and it's worked for me.

MaudesMum Mon 20-Mar-17 09:00:32

Hypnotherapy worked for me. I had got into a habit of drinking every day and wanted to change. I found a book and cd, and the book helped me to understand the reasons behind why I drank (various types of learned behaviour) and then I listened to the cd. I can't quite explain it, but it definitely took the need away. I have lapsed subsequently, on both occasions when I was going through really stressful periods in my life, and I then started listening to the cd again to help me get back on track. I'm now a weekend drinker, which is fine by me.

GoodnightSeattle Mon 20-Mar-17 09:19:06

My friend had hypnotherapy for severe health anxiety. She said it worked wonders but only whilst she was seeing the therapist. As soon as she stopped the sessions it came back.

I would go for normal counselling. I know myself as a compulsive eater it's not as simple as "don't buy the wine". You'll buy it anyway. You need to get to the root cause. Are you stressed at home?

SaucyJack Mon 20-Mar-17 09:43:15

It can very definitely be as simple as "Don't buy the wine" if she wants it to be.

She is an adult, and is in control of her purchasing decisions. Wine bottles don't jump into your trolley.

You can take the power back any time you want to.

Bloopbleep Mon 20-Mar-17 09:49:38

I had hypnotherapy (my mum was training to be a hypnotherapist) to stop eating crisps and chocolate. I stopped crisps for about 18months but smokey bacon walkers tempted me. It's now been 9 years and I still can't stand chocolate. I'll occasionally try some and realise how much I don't like it. I was a chocoholic before!

It's worth trying but you really still need some willpower and desire to stop. It can't force or persuade you to stop, you do the work yourself

AgreeableH Mon 20-Mar-17 10:19:52

Things that worked for me: Sign up for a sporting event which forces you to train in the mornings..... the hangovers become not worth it. I bloody love wine too so feel your pain sad but the less I've had the more I've started to taste just sugar. Actually that's another one- tell yourself it's just a glass of sugar and do you really need it? Reminds me to slow down sometimes. Good luck x

TheWildRumpyPumpus Mon 20-Mar-17 10:49:22

I was drinking much too much up until New Year when I went on a health kick with the aim of losing weight. The amount of calories in a bottle of wine was enough to make me give up weekday drinking! 3 months later I can barely manage a single glass at the weekend - I feel tipsy very quickly and have a killer headache next day.

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