Georgia Foster, leading clinical hypnotherapist and alcohol control specialist behind the Drink Less Mind (DLM) program, will be visiting Australia this February to host DLM workshops guaranteed to help people understand why their relationship with alcohol derails so early on in the year.
With the New Year comes new promises; a chance to start afresh with all those 2015 resolutions you promised to keep, like vowing to have a more moderate relationship with alcohol.
Sounds easy enough, but why is it that at the beginning of January we're able to keep our New Year's Resolutions – eat healthier, workout more, or drink less alcohol – until our self-control wears off as the month wears on?
Using the power of inner dialogue psychology, Georgia's Drink Less Mind seminars will train the mind to cut back on booze, and continue to do so in a paced way.
According to Georgia, the problem comes when alcohol is used habitually as an emotional crutch " to be confident, more fun, or to forget. Rather than block out this behaviour, Georgia helps to address one's unhealthy relationship with alcohol and develop new approaches to stress and social situations; ones revolved around enjoyment, not regret, and ones that are less damaging to their health.
'The trouble is many of us use alcohol as a tool to communicate," says Georgia.
'In nearly every instance, alcoholics must stop drinking completely, but excessive drinkers require a different form of -treatment' focused on self-awareness, breaking bad habits, and learning how to socialise without using alcohol as a crutch."
The DLM is a 21-day instantly accessible, fully downloadable, audio experience that teaches alcohol hypnosis techniques based on over 20 years of alcohol control research.
'I believe alcohol is the symptom not the cause of heavy drinking. It is the thinking before the drinking that needs to be dealt with. My seminars are for those who recognise their drinking behaviour interferes in their lives in negative ways and are at a stage where they want to deal with this," says Foster.
'It's incredible to see how the power of the mind can hold you back from changing habits like reducing your drinking."
The Drink Less Mind workshops will take place in Sydney and Melbourne, and will be jam packed with conscious and unconscious tools to help men and women drink less.
Georgia's Key Seminar Dates are:
Sydney - Saturday 21st February 2015 10AM – 3.45PM - Adina Apartment Hotel, 511 Kent Street.
Melbourne - Saturday 28th February 2015, 10AM – 3.45PM - Vibe Savoy Hotel Melbourne, 630 Little Collins Street, Melbourne.
For more information about the Drink Less Mind Program: www.howtodrinkless.com
Question: What is Drink Less Mind (DLM)?
Georgia Foster: The Drink Less Mind is a self-help on-line program that educates the individual as to why they drink more than they want to. It is a unique combination of The Inner Dialogue theory along with powerful hypnotic techniques.
Question: Do you agree with alcohol detoxes such as Feb Fast and Dry July?
Georgia Foster: I think taking a break from alcohol is a good thing for anyone to do. However, my concern is that for many it is relatively easy to abstain completely, however cutting back can prove to be more difficult.
Question: Why did you decide to create Drink Less Mind (DLM)?
Georgia Foster: I became very frustrated as a therapist that people were being labelled -alcoholics and problem drinkers' but there was no real answer apart from abstaining or long term counselling. My client base are hardworking people who have just got themselves in a drinking rut. I believe most people are not alcoholics but rather use alcohol as a coping strategy for low self-esteem, social and emotional anxiety just to name a few.
Question: Could you please define drinking to excess?
Georgia Foster: The standard measurement is 14 glasses of wine a week for women and 21 for men. However, many people may not know that this figure is not based on any medical fact but rather what the Medical Association decided on. They did a study on how much people lie on their medical forms about how much they consume. The reality is they believe people drink 3 times or more than they tell their doctor. So with this in mind they set a very low guideline.
You can drink more than that safely. The important thing is to drink in a slow paced way, make sure you eat and hydrate yourself with water too.
Question: What are your top 5 tips to stop Australians drinking to excess?
Georgia Foster: 1. Drink with your non-dominant hand. It will slow your drinking down.
2. Have one big glass of water before you start drinking to hydrate yourself first.
3. Don't be coerced into drinking to please others. Feign illness or even better, tell people you have got a cracking hangover and couldn't fathom a drink!
4. Keep an emotional diary for a month to see the pattern of what emotions drive to you to drink. This will help you understand the triggers.
5. Decide on an alcohol free day to do something fun and or relaxing rather than leaving your tax return for that night. If you associate alcohol free days with chores, the chances of having them are less.
Question: Is it possible to have a healthy relationship with alcohol?
Georgia Foster: Yes I think everyone has the inner resources to train their brain to drink in a healthy way. The key is to understand the drivers behind the unhelpful drinking and then learn healthier coping strategies that have nothing to do with drinking.
Question: How often and how many drinks are -okay'?
Georgia Foster: I think people should have at least 2 to 4 alcohol free days a week. Then when they are drinking 1 glass around 40 minutes to an hour. Then stop at 3 – 4. It is essential that people hydrate with water too.
Question: What should audiences expect from your DLM seminar?
Georgia Foster: A powerful day full of science based evidence on how amazing the mind is and how you can change your relationship with alcohol. I also have a whole section on my psychology training which is extremely helpful to people who drink too much. It is a liberating day with 4 sessions of hypnosis.
Question: How can the mind hold us back from changing habits?
Georgia Foster: We all have a negative aspect to our thinking. I call this unhelpful negative dialogue The Inner Critic. If you believe this unhelpful part of you, then you will have a lot of anxiety and lack of confidence in your ability to change. Negative thinking is a learnt behaviour that can be unlearnt. People need to realise they have the full potential within to make healthy changes.
Interview by Brooke Hunter