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Last updated: 5th April 2017
Since I stopped drinking in September 2013 I have saved over £8,500, lost 12lbs in weight and any symptoms of anxiety or depression have all but gone. Life is better in every way!
Before we stop, we think quitting drinking will be impossible and too hard, so we decide not to even try, but this course will give you all the information and tools to make it possible. There are presentations, an e-book, hand-outs and online resources for you to use. The course is designed to be completed in 6-7 hours but deciding to change your relationship with alcohol, and changing it can be a process which takes some time and as this course gives you lifetime access it will be there for you as long as you need it.
It looks at ways to cut down through moderation, gives you the structure and time to reflect on your drinking while thinking about stopping or preparing to stop.
It gives you knowledge about the impact that alcohol has physically and emotionally and the skills to manage life alcohol free. Then once you are living hangover free tools are provided to ensure that you can stay that way as long as you wish.
It gives supportive resources in terms of books, audio podcasts, films and online communities. Plus I can provide one-on-one support via telephone, email or Skype so if you feel this would be beneficial, please ask about my hourly rate.
This course is for you if you want to look at your relationship with booze and want to change it, be that temporarily or permanently. What have you got to lose? You can always go back to drinking if you change your mind. Although you might find, like me, that life is so much better without it that you'd rather stay hangover free. Enroll now!
Gain knowledge about alcohol, understand how it works and affects the brain and body and how it is addictive.
Turning thinking into preparing. Positive steps to support stopping. Withdrawal from alcohol side effects. Seeking medical advice. Physical preparation. Psychological preparation, including Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome (PAWS). Non alcohol drinks and rewards. Managing triggers to drinking. Additional support. (Thumbnail image courtesy of A Royal Hangover)
This is a MUST LISTEN BBC live interview with a recovering alcoholic.
Is it just me? How the alcohol industry markets to us. The pro's and con's of stopping. Sustain talk vs change talk. What kept me putting it off?
28 page e-book giving practical support for achieving a hangover free life and your guide to quitting for good
More ideas, for men and women, of ways to treat ourselves without booze
Alcohol risk levels. Impact on physical health of alcohol. Impact on the brain function of alcohol. Benefits of cutting down or stopping including losing weight and better sleep.
Recommended 'gold standard' blood tests and scans within the UK
This study looked at a number of publications estimating how many cancers occur in the UK each year as a result of people drinking alcohol. While there were some differences in how the analyses were carried out, using the two most appropriate studies produced useful estimates. It found that 4-6% of all new cancers in the UK in 2013 were caused by alcohol consumption.
Further supportive information for those who have depression or who are concerned about low mood either while drinking or following stopping written by Libby Ranzetta.
For more information and practical support on these issues and others such as sleep, mindfulness, and daylight therapy, see www.positivelydepressed.org.uk
In this lecture we look at the drinking thinking errors that occur, which include:
Social pressure to drink. Politely declining a drink. Non alcohol options and venues. Finding new social networks. Improving financial health. Improving relationships. Impact of alcohol and drinking on wider society.
More non-alcoholic mocktail ideas
This brief presentation looks at the inner work that is important to consider as well as the outer work of choosing not to drink.
Details of Veronica Valli's Udemy course
Myself and Veronica Valli, Addictions Specialist, have been meeting on Skype and uploading our discussions to Youtube. We discuss alcohol dependence, recovery, the AA fellowship and programme and you can access them here:
Relapse prevention. Relapse signature. Psychosocial stress. Coping strategy enhancement. Relapse prevention plan. Abstinence violation effect. Reducing the risk - transition theory.
This is the Advance WArning of RElapse (AWARE) Questionnaire (Gorski & Miller, 1982)
I am a public health nurse who wanted to offer an aid to help with reducing alcohol intake or quitting the booze. This course, my blog and all the resources are based on my own experience and from all the knowledge and skills I’ve acquired as a general nurse with alcoholic liver disease experience, psychology graduate, research assistant to Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Samaritan volunteer, post graduate specialist community public health nurse but most importantly as a person who was psychologically dependent on alcohol and who is now in the early stages of recovery.