Get help for drinking too much in Ibiza with Acupuncturist Kath Berry from AcuDetox in Santa Eulalia.
Alcohol is one of the most powerful drugs.
As a central nervous system depressant, it promotes inhibitory physiological systems; lowers the rate of arousal; causes a reduction in motor and cognitive activity and depression of cardio respiratory centers. In short it ‘slows you down’.
For most adults, low to moderate alcohol use causes few if any problems. Interestingly, alcohol consumed at low levels has been found to have health benefits in protecting against ischemic stroke, heart disease and gallstones. This is known as the preventative paradox. It is important to note that the health benefits of alcohol are age dependent for people aged 40 to 45 years and over and by “low level” it means less than one Standard Drink per day for women, and less than two for men.
In the fast-paced, high intensity peak of the season, alcohol can feel like a great way to unwind.
However ‘tolerance’ can develop quickly, requiring more to have the same effect. This can creep in – before you know it, one bottle of wine becomes two.
There are degrees of alcohol dependency ranging from mild dependency to compulsive and chronic drinking.
Dependence can be a physical dependence (that is needing a drink to ‘start the day’ to stop the shakes and trembles), a psychological dependence (that is needing a drink to face a situation or a person) and is likely to be both. Drinking too much can become a habit.
According to Global Drug Survey, 33% of 120,000 people surveyed in 2017 said they wanted to drink less.
Giving up or cutting down alcohol consumption has a number of health benefits, most notably weight loss. Did you know that drinking a large glass of wine is the equivalent of eating a cheeseburger worth of calories? (You can use this free app to work out your average calorie intake daily/weekly from alcohol http://drinksmeter.com)
Getting your drinking under control will help you shed pounds, quickly. And you’ll feel better, more in control and lighter and clear-headed.
Because 91% of alcohol excretion takes place in the liver (with 3% in the Kidneys 6% in the Lungs through breath & sweat), doing a liver cleanse is a great way to kick-start a low or no drinking program.
Kath Berry of AcuDetox has developed a sophisticated system to help activate liver recovery using specific acupuncture points and traditional Chinese Medicine techniques.
With a Masters Degree in Addiction Medicine, and having worked in private and public hospital rehabilitation centers in Australia and the USA, she is experienced at helping people take control of their drinking and drug use. For some people this may mean giving up, for others it may be about setting boundaries so that drinking doesn’t get out of hand.
Because acupuncture stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system responsible for “rest and digest”, it helps to un-do all of the stress responses in the body and:
- Promotes blood flow
- Stimulates the body’s built-in healing mechanisms
- Balances hormone function
- Boosts metabolic function
- Reduces stress
- Promotes peaceful sleep
If you are concerned about your drinking, Kath suggests these following strategies:
Strategies for drinking less:
- Identify triggers and relapse situations – for example:
- Physical location (eg pub, club, restaurant etc)
- Time of day (eg after work)
- Social contacts (eg with a particular person)
- Mood states (eg anger, depression, stress)
- Introduce coping strategies for high risk “trigger” situations:
- Delay the urge to drink for one hour or one day
- Distract the mind with another activity such as deep breathing, brisk walking etc
- Avoid high risk drinking situations (people, places or events)
- Plan for bigger lifestyle changes:
- Exercise and sport are the best medicine – a double bonus for weight loss!
- Eating a healthy diet and drinking plenty of water
- Stress management and relaxation techniques
- Reignite hobbies and new interests - explore your creative self
All consultations are strictly confidential.
Kath is the only clinician in Ibiza with direct access to a private Addictions Medicine consultant, should further medical help be required.
If you are worried about your drinking, or some else’s, call Kath today for a free 30-minute consultation 638423575.