Hypnotherapy to stop drinking

Hypnosis to control your drinking habit?

Written BY

Neil Sunley

Hypnotherapist in Beverley

Hypnosis, Hypnotherapy, Psychotherapy MHyp DHyp (FHT reg)
CBT Practitioner
AFN Nutrition Advisor
EFT (Tapping) Practitioner
Founder, Elite Self Defence

Excessive drinking can take a toll on both physical and mental well-being, affecting not only the individual but also their relationships and overall quality of life. While traditional approaches like counseling and support groups play crucial roles in addressing alcohol-related issues, there's a lesser-known yet powerful tool gaining recognition – hypnotherapy. In this blog, we'll explore how hypnotherapy can be a beneficial and transformative method for those struggling with excessive drinking.

Understanding Excessive Drinking:

Excessive drinking often stems from various factors, including stress, trauma, or unresolved emotional issues. It becomes a coping mechanism, providing temporary relief but ultimately contributing to a destructive cycle. Hypnotherapy, a form of guided relaxation and focused attention, delves into the root causes of excessive drinking by accessing the subconscious mind.

Addressing Subconscious Patterns:

Hypnotherapy works by inducing a trance-like state, allowing the therapist to access the subconscious mind where deep-seated beliefs and behavioral patterns reside. This unique approach enables individuals to explore the reasons behind their excessive drinking and facilitates the rewriting of negative thought patterns.

Breaking the Cycle:

One of the key benefits of hypnotherapy is its ability to break the cycle of destructive habits. By accessing the subconscious mind, therapists can help clients reframe their perceptions of alcohol and develop healthier coping mechanisms. This may involve reinforcing positive affirmations, visualizations, and suggestions that promote a more balanced and controlled approach to alcohol consumption.

Stress Reduction and Relaxation:

Excessive drinking often occurs as a response to stress and anxiety. Hypnotherapy excels in promoting relaxation and stress reduction by guiding individuals into a deep state of relaxation. This not only helps manage stress but also teaches clients alternative ways to cope with life's challenges, reducing the reliance on alcohol as a coping mechanism.

Boosting Self-Esteem and Confidence:

Hypnotherapy can empower individuals by enhancing self-esteem and confidence. Many people who struggle with excessive drinking may harbor deep-rooted feelings of inadequacy or self-doubt. Through positive suggestions and imagery, hypnotherapy helps build a stronger sense of self-worth, reducing the need to numb emotions with alcohol.

Creating Lasting Change:

While hypnotherapy is not a one-size-fits-all solution, its potential to create lasting change is notable. When integrated into a comprehensive treatment plan that may include counseling, support groups, and lifestyle changes, hypnotherapy becomes a valuable tool in the journey towards sobriety.


Excessive drinking is a complex issue with multifaceted causes, and there is no singular solution that works for everyone. However, hypnotherapy offers a unique and promising avenue for those seeking to break free from the cycle of destructive drinking patterns. By addressing the subconscious mind and promoting positive behavioral changes, hypnotherapy can be a transformative force in helping individuals regain control over their lives and build a healthier relationship with alcohol.

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