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    How mindful drinking
    can help reduce
    your alcohol intake

This year has proven to be incredibly difficult for everyone, which is being showcased by the increase in alcohol consumption in the UK. The Royal College of Psychiatrists found that around 8.4 million people are drinking at a higher risk, which is over the NHS recommendation not to consume more than 14 units per week.

How mindful drinking can help reduce your alcohol intake

This year has proven to be incredibly difficult for everyone, which is being showcased by the increase in alcohol consumption in the UK. The Royal College of Psychiatrists found that around 8.4 million people are drinking at a higher risk, which is over the NHS recommendation not to consume more than 14 units per week.

Reducing the amount you drink or giving up alcohol can prove to be difficult for many, but mindful drinking can be a useful practice to begin addressing your relationship with alcohol. Mindful drinking involves starting to pay attention to your drinking patterns- how does drinking make you feel? What role does drinking play in your life? Once you have an understanding of what relationship you have with alcohol, you can then decide if you would like to start reducing your intake or stop it entirely.

If you have decided you want to stop drinking, how do you go about making this change so it will last? Firstly, if you think you have a serious alcohol problem it is incredibly important to go speak to your GP before you begin this process. There are also many services such as Kenward Trust’s Day Treatment Programme which can offer counselling and support groups on learning new coping mechanisms and coming to terms with the motives behind your drinking. It is helpful to tell people your intentions to reduce your intake, so they can provide you with support and to reward yourself with any progress you make. You can find helpful apps like those by Alcohol Change UK to log the number of days you have not drunk to give you motivation and there are groups on Facebook and social media that you can engage with for encouragement from other like-minded individuals.

To find out more about our Day Treatment programme and the support we can provide give us a ring on 01622 812603 or 07597 040091 or email us at nicola.boniface@kenwardtrust.org.uk

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