Counselling for Alcohol Problems

Alcohol is a very common way of coping with life problems and the negative emotions that they trigger. In the short term alcohol is very effective in numbing the pain of distress and depression but over the longer term it has a negative impact on our physical and mental health, relationships, work and general ability to fulfil our potential and lead a happy and fulfilling life.

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Who Can Alcohol Counselling Help?

Do you always need a glass of wine or two to rewind after a stressful day?
Do you find it difficult to go more than a day without drinking alcohol?
Are you unable to have just one drink and stop?
Have you noticed that the time that you start drinking is getting earlier and earlier?
Have other’s started to comment on how much alcohol you are drinking?
Do you often drink more that your peers when socialising?
Do you find it hard to socialise without drinking alcohol? Do you regularly feel hungover?

If you find yourself answering ‘yes’ to more than one of these questions you may be developing a dependence upon alcohol and may benefit from our counselling services to resolve this.

Am I Drinking Too Much?

Rosie, Clapham

How Does Treatment for Alcohol Addiction Work?

Step 1

In your first session one of our Therapists will meet with you and ask a range of questions to help them to assess the severity of your alcohol addiction or dependency and the problems that it is helping you to cope with. This will enable them to ascertain the best way of guiding you to recovery – either by reducing your alcohol intake or eliminating it completely if together you decide that this is the better option.

Step 2

The second step is to identify the problem that you are using the addiction to escape from and finding another way of managing it that isn’t harmful.

Step 3

If the behaviour isn’t something that can be eliminated completely (e.g. food, shopping, exercise) your Therapist will then help you to find a way of engaging in the behaviour that is under your control and doesn’t lead to physical or emotional harm.

Step 4

Finally, your Therapist will teach you how to boost your confidence and self-esteem and eliminate self-criticism and self-doubt, which will prevent you from slipping back into addictive patterns of behaviour in the future.


Prices can be found on our Fees page. If you have any questions then please do not hesitate to call 0203 504 9300 or fill out a contact form.


All of our Therapists offer Alcohol counselling.

How Do Addictions Develop?

Whilst engaging in the (addictive) behaviour, the sufferer is anaesthetised to emotional pain/distress (the ‘fix’). The behaviour becomes a way (short term) of coping with intolerable distress and discomfort usually caused by self-criticism, self-doubt and low self-esteem. When the sufferer stops the behaviour the relief (the ‘high’) quickly dissipates and their distress returns. In the absence of alternatives, the sufferer will need to once again engage in the behaviour to cope with their distress and a cycle of addiction will develop.

Alcohol Facts

Alcoholism kills more people in the UK than any other drug, after smoking. It is estimated that more than 1.4 million people are dependent on alcohol in the UK. 33,000 individuals die each year due to alcohol related incidents or associated health problems.

More Reading On This Subject

Should you wish to find out more about alcohol misuse then please check out our alcohol related blog articles here.

For more information related to addiction please visit our dedicated pages:
Counselling for Addiction
Counselling for Gambling Addiction

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