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Alcohol and the menopause: Am I drinking too much?

Date: 22 September 2021 | By: hotchicks

The risks

We’ve become so used to the term ‘wine o’clock’ that it’s become widely accepted. And, of course, it is socially acceptable to enjoy an alcoholic drink, in moderation. However, there are many risks associated with too much alcohol and the menopause. They include:

  • an increase in the risk of breast cancer;
  • a possible trigger for hot flushes;
  • an increased risk of cardiovascular disease;
  • being more prone to developing type 2 diabetes.

These are just the tip of the iceberg. Read more about the risks of alcohol for menopausal women here.

In my years of clinical practice, I’ve worked successfully with midlife women who have wanted to improve their relationship with alcohol. In other words, they’ve wanted to reduce their alcohol intake so that it falls within the recommended healthy guidelines.

What is a healthy limit?

The NHS recommends that both men and women consume no more than 14 units of alcohol per week. Have you ever wondered how many units are in a bottle of wine? Of course, it depends on the strength of the alcohol. But one bottle can contain more than ten units. Food for thought.

alcohol and menopause

It takes a brave woman to admit her drinking habits are out of control. Not just to someone else, but to herself. When we think of someone who has a bad relationship with alcohol, all too often our minds are drawn to ‘down and out’ stereotypes. But the women I’ve worked with have been anything but. On the contrary, they’ve been professional, hard-working women.

Why some women may drink more during menopause

Amongst the many symptoms of menopause, low mood and sleeping problems can affect many of us. So, it’s not that surprising that some women turn to alcohol to try to combat those symptoms. However, using alcohol in this way is counter-productive. That’s because we know that too much alcohol severely affects our sleeping patterns. Furthermore, alcohol is a depressant. As such, when we drink too much, then it can make our mood worse.

How can hypnotherapy help?

Hypnotherapy works by making suggestions designed to bring about a desired change. Read more about hypnosis and hypnotherapy here. Suggestions can take different forms. Often, we use simple visualisation techniques that can be very powerful. Metaphorical suggestions are also extremely effective. And, like anything, results can vary, but people are very often surprised at how quickly they achieve results with hypnotherapy.

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I’m so privileged to be able to work with midlife women. When menopause comes along, most of us are so ill-equipped to deal with it. I certainly found the perimenopause years very challenging. The work I do is not a replacement for medical treatment. My advice to all women is to talk to their GP about their symptoms. That’s so important. Hypnotherapy is complementary, which means it can work very well alongside medical treatment.

You may be reading this because you want to improve your relationship with alcohol. Perhaps you are considering hypnotherapy. When I established Hot Chicks, I wanted to create something that offers affordability to women who are seeking help. That’s why I created a range of hypnosis audios. Each one is a full-length, instantly downloadable professional hypnotherapy session. All of them contain techniques I’ve used in my clinical work. In my ‘Moderate Alcohol Intake’ audio I use weighing scales visualisation to represent the balance we all need to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Please browse the full range here. Before you make a purchase, I recommend that you have a good look through my website so that you can learn more about me and what I can offer you. And please, if you have any questions, get in touch. I’m always just a message away.

  • If you want to stop drinking completely, please seek professional medical advice.
  • My products and services are available in the UK only.

 


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