Fear of Alcohol
The Fear of Alcohol is known technically as Methyphobia and may be the fear of drinking alcohol due to the fear of losing control, or of situations where alcohol may be associated with negative emotional experiences.
It may also be linked to a fear of what might happen if alcohol is consumed, or is consumed in too large a volume.
There may be numerous reasons why a person develops the fear of alcohol including strict religious ideology, earlky traumatic experiences with drunk parents or abusive relationships where alcohol has played a role.
Fears and phobias, regardless of what the feared object or circumstances are, always result is feelings of Anxiety and Stress for the sufferer, and Fear of Alcohol is no different to any other (irrational) fear.
Many people do not really understand or have a great deal of sympathy for people who suffer with the Fear of Alcohol as it may not be something they personally experience, however, for the person suffering this phobia, the stress and anxiety that they experience is real and not imagined. In fact, for the sufferer, the object or situation that triggers the phobia seems like a sensible thing to avoid!
The therapists at TranceForm are fully aware of this and will treat you and your Fear of Alcohol seriously when you consult us for help.
Just because somebody else doesn’t find the situations that give rise to the Fear of Alcohol particularly worrying, doesn’t mean that sufferers are in some way ‘stupid’ or dysfunctional – at some point the phobic response was ‘coherent’ and served a useful purpose.
The good news is that most people who suffer with the Fear of Alcohol can almost certainly learn the tools and techniques to manage their thinking more effectively and reduce, or completely eradicate, their phobia.
Fear of Alcohol Symptoms
The symptoms of the Fear of Alcohol are very similar to other specific phobias and will often include:
- Avoidance of public houses
- Inability to Relax
- An Impending Sense of Dread
- Problems Concentrating
- Being quick tempered
- Feelings of dizziness
- Difficulties in becoming motivated
- Prickly sensations like pins and needles
- Aches & Pains
- Fatigued Muscles
- Dry and Sticky mouth
- Sweating Excessively
- Migraines and Headaches
- Poor Quality of Sleep
Symptoms of the Fear of Alcohol may seem to occur automatically and can seem to take over a person’s thoughts. When this happens it seems that the most natural thing to do is to develop a ‘strategy, of avoiding those situations which ‘trigger’ the problem. These strategies are collectively known as “Safety” or “Avoidance” behaviours.
Unfortunately, for the Fear of Alcohol sufferer, these safety behaviours often have the opposite effect and actually reinforce the phobia rather than solve it!
In some instances the Fear of Alcohol may be the result of negative emotional experiences in earlier life, or just as often can simply be something that happened more recently that has become the current ‘focus of attention’.
If not addressed sooner rather than later, the Fear of Alcohol can often become “normalised” and “accepted” as a limiting belief in that person’s life – “I’ll always have this phobia”.
In just as many cases, the Fear of Alcohol may have become worse over time as more and more sophisticated safety behaviours and routines are developed.
Almost every phobia responds well to psychological interventions.
Psychological Help for the Fear of Alcohol
If you’re determined to overcome your Fear of Alcohol then we highly recommend following our Advanced Tranceformental CBT programme with Paul which is available as an Online Therapy as well as a self-directed programme.
The Tranceformental programme is a highly successful & pragmatic mental health counselling course, run over 10 sessions, that will teach you everything you need to know to understand your problem, identify how unhelpful thinking and limiting beliefs might be reinforcing the issue, and then show you how to make any changes to your unhelpful thinking styles or maladaptive safety behaviours that you may have developed as part of your coping strategies.
Our Tranceformental CBT programme is an evidence-based, research supported approach used by mental health practitioners around the World.
Alternative Therapy Options for Fear of Alcohol
Although our preferred form of mental health counselling for Fear of Alcohol is our Tranceformental CBT programme, we also offer alternative psychotherapies for those who might prefer a different approach.
- Psychodynamic therapy which focuses more on emotional problems and relies on the Therapeutic Relationship to bring about change. Available with Paul.
- General Counselling which is less structured but still provides a safe and non-judgmental environment to discuss issues which is therapeutic in its own right.
- Hypnotherapy is an alternative form of therapy that can be applied to a very wide range of problems and is available with Joan.
Free Initial Consultations for the Fear of Alcohol
We offer all prospective clients a FREE initial consultation to discuss your Fear of Alcohol prior to commencing any treatment plans.
During this consultation we will discuss the various options that are available to you and make a considered recommendation based on your individual personal circumstances.
Initial consultations are also available online using Zoom by prior arrangement.
At Tranceform Psychology we recognise the importance of the therapeutic relationship in helping people to bring about effective change, so its important to be able to ‘meet’ to discuss our change programmes BEFORE proceeding.
Our policy is to help people make a fully balanced & considered decision about undertaking therapy with us, including both the financial and personal implications.
Overcome the Fear of Alcohol with Our Online Self-Help CBT Programme – Only £99!
Self-help CBT has been shown to be highly effective for anxiety-related problems such as the Fear of Alcohol and can be carried out in the comfort of your own home.
Structured over TEN, in-depth modules, our Online Self-Help CBT course will teach you everything you need to know to change the way you think about and experience your problems without having to visit a therapist.
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