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  • Sober dry January

    Is it time to stop drinking alcohol and go sober this dry January? Hypnotherapist Ailsa Frank shares 3 tips to detox your start to the year.

    Dry January can be a good opportunity to begin to break the habit of drinking. It is useful to know that if you don't make the changes in the subconscious you could slip back into old bad habits easily. Here is how to successfully go sober.

    Safe dry January

    Like dieting abstaining from alcohol can be difficult as the subconscious mind is battling will the deep subconscious relationship. If you do drink high levels of alcohol the sudden reduction can be detrimental to your health. Your body needs time to adjust slowly to a reduction in alcohol.

    I work with clients to reduce alcohol drinking with hypnotherapy in a gradual way and this allows the body and mind to adjust to the changes safely. Hypnotherapy breaks the habit of drinking by reframing old drinking behaviour. The therapy releases cravings and tackles the root of addictive alcohol behaviour.

    Go sober

    If you want to stop drinking alcohol it is wise to do this by making gradual changes to your routines. Hypnotherapy works by fasting tracking changes on a subconscious level. By making changes on a deeper level you will create new habits of being less interest in drinking. It is possible to create a more 'take it or leave it' attitude towards drinking wine, beer or spirits.

    With new self-control, you can feel comfortable to sip slowly and be satisfied with a sensible amount of alcohol. In tailored one-to-one hypnotherapy phone appointments, you can work on your specific drinking problems. Or you can break alcohol habits by listening to my Take Control of Alcohol hypnosis downloads. Both options are done in the privacy of your own home.

    Create a new routine of always beginning with drinking sparkling water because this will break the habit of reaching automatically for an alcoholic drink. The water will dilute the alcohol, slow down your drinking and change your taste for having a drink.

    Here are 3 tips to help you create sober success

    1. In the morning prepare a tray with a special teapot, cup and a herbal tea of your choice. At the end of your working day, the tray of tea will be waiting as a reminder for you to drink it. This will help you avoid going to the fridge for wine or a beer. By planting a positive suggestion of drinking tea in advance of the evening, you are likely to drink less alcohol.

    2. Shake up your routines by driving a different way home. Try going for a coffee in a cafe. Or have a shower or soak in a warm bath after work and slip into comfy clothes. Do some gentle yoga stretches or slow Tai Chi movement to relax your muscles and calm your mind. Your drinking is a habit triggered by your daily rituals. By changing your routines your mind will have to work harder to find the old drink pattern.

    3. Visualise yourself waking up refreshed and invigorated. Imagine getting on with your day with a spring in your step, motivated and organised. Imagine coming home to your home which is like a spa hotel. Treat yourself to a face pack, play music in the background or watch a favourite movie. Positive visualisations will help you to make sober changes.

    Take Control of Alcohol hypnosis download by Ailsa frank £14.99

    Cut the Crap and Feel Amazing by Ailsa Frank £10.99 (published by Hay House) available from Amazon

  • Why do women drink more alcohol?

    Since 2005, I have been helping women with my hypnotherapy techniques to drink less alcohol. When I started my career in hypnotherapy, I didn't expect to be working with alcohol reduction. But, early on I realised that women were drinking more alcohol than they wanted. And so began my journey to help women by incorporating hypnosis alcohol reduction as part of their therapy session. Gradually word got around that I had the solution to help women reduce their drinking. Streams of women began flooding through my hypnotherapy clinic doors.

    Dealing with the issues of why women drink

    The hypnotherapy alcohol sessions, offered women a dedicated and safe-space to discuss their challenges and talk about their alcohol drinking. By tailoring each hypnotherapy appointment; to break the drinking habit and by dealing with the issues behind the drinking; women were being set free. My work changed the subconscious beliefs in the deep part of their minds. My job was becoming ever more rewarding as I saw endless women take back control of their relationship with alcohol. Over and over I discovered that the stresses in women's lives were causing them to drink.

    More women asking for help with alcohol hypnosis

    It was clear at this stage which path my career was going down. Day in day out I was helping more women to change their alcohol intake. By now I was becoming known as the hypnotherapy alcohol reduction therapist. In the early days, my clinic was a small room in my house. But as time went on I rented a room in a clinic and began to offer phone appointments. My clients were now finding my services from all over the Uk and from other countries around the world.

    Approximately 70% of clients are women aged thirty and upwards, but the vast majority are in their forties and fifties. I think more women are drinking than before, but I don't think women drink more than men. It is more likely that women seek to find help more than men usually do.

    Why do women drink a glass of wine as a reward

    In my experience, I find there are quite a few reasons why women drink. For working women with relatively young or teenage children usually, they drink due to the pressure of juggling everything. Women regularly have difficulty with at least one family member, problems in their marriage or issues with a personal partner. It is common for mothers to find parenting a considerable strain. Relationship issues added to work demands and financial worries can create unbearable stress.

    Women's lives are taking their toll

    Reaching for a large glass of wine can seem like a good option. Wine becomes an alternative to sorting out the problems in your life. Ignoring the household friction or your feelings and needs takes a toll. Gradually one glass becomes two. Then two glasses become a whole bottle. Alcohol becomes a comfort like a reliable friend. Before you know it you have begun to lose yourself. As women naturally are nurturers they have no boundaries of knowing when to stop giving. Family, house chores and work take over. By now you are in so deep you don't even know how to run your life. Alcohol has become a quick way to switch off - my time - my escape - my reward. And an alcoholic drink helps women to sleep even though they are already exhausted.

    Stay at home mum stress

    For some women, the strain of parenting is because they are staying at home. For now, they have put their career on hold. They worked so hard to get a job which it turns out doesn't fit their family needs. Guilt feelings set in. Should you be working? Is it right you are a stay at home mum? What message does this give your children? Would being a working mum inspire your daughters? Will your son think women should stay at home? What do your friends think of you? Does your mother-in-law judge you for not contributing? The repetitive thoughts in your head dissolve with a glass of wine. So it's good to drink. Right? Everyone else drinks. It is normal or least it seems this way.

    Drinking alcohol makes women feel worse

    Slowly you feel worse when you drink. You may be affected by a hangover in the morning. In the beginning, you may have used alcohol to help you to get you to sleep, but now the effects of drinking break your sleep. But you can't break free from the cycle of alcohol drinking. You feel trapped. Drinkers also worry about their health and the effects their drinking is having on their already volatile relationships.

    It is easy to have a drink

    Then there is drinking more alcohol because you are bored or lonely. The kids are in bed. Perhaps you are single, or your partner is busy, and you feel alone and may as well be single. Then there are the women who don't have children, so they give their all to work. Drinking is part of their work culture. Alcohol is part of the job. And drinking is fun.

    The kids have grown up and flown the nest which has left you with an emptiness in their life. There is a void that needs filling. What will you do to fill your time or to make something of yourself and career? The workplace has moved on in the last ten to twenty years. You can no longer hide behind the achievements of your children as the spotlight is now on you. What are you are doing? You might enjoy your freedom since your family have moved on or you may be retired meaning you can have a drink now as you don't need to get up early tomorrow. A drink fills the gap of whatever is going on.

    Drinking has crept up over time

    For some women, drinking has just crept up over time, and it has become a habit. You have always had wine or gin to celebrate or commiserate. The drink is a way of life. Life would be boring without alcohol. Everyone drinks. Your life revolves around drinking. You don't remember a time when alcohol wasn't part of your life. But alcohol is addictive, so there is that element too. When you do try to slow down, reduce or stop drinking you find it is not easy.

    How can women break the cycle of drinking

    Women's lives are constantly changing, and every woman is different. What is needed is to manage problems as they arise whatever your circumstances. Hypnotherapy offers support to help transform your mindset to steer your life in the best direction for you. One-to-one sessions or hypnosis downloads help to overcome challenges and break the habit of drinking too much. Hypnotherapy works by releasing cravings and adjusting your relationship with alcohol on a subconscious level so that alcohol becomes less attractive. By improving confidence, relationships, finances and career, you can create a brighter future while being in control of your drinking. Anything is possible with the right mindset. Letting go of alcohol is incredibly liberating.

    You can find out more about one-to-one alcohol hypnotherapy phone appointments with Ailsa Frank or the hypnosis download Stop binge drinking for women Read the addictions chapter of my book Cut the Crap and Feel Amazing published by Hay House

  • 5 tips to curb your drinking

    5 tips to curb your drinking in the run-up to Christmas

    You have possibly drunk over many years, and your social life could revolve around drinking. Everything you have experienced with alcohol has created a habit in your mind. By changing as many routines as you can, you will be able to break the behaviour of drinking too much. By thinking and acting differently, you will begin to overlay new behaviour over your old habits.

    1. Turn your house into a spa hotel

    Try to weave into your routine calm music, warm baths, herbal teas and early nights. The more you look after yourself, the less likely you will become stressed and need a drink. 

    2. Go to a cafe

    Create new experiences by arranging to see friends in alcohol-free zones for breakfast or afternoon tea rather than meeting for dinner in the evening.

    3. Start with sparkling water at all social events

    Openly mention that you are thirsty and would like water as no one will stop you having a glass of water. After drinking the water allow yourself to have one glass of wine, beer or gin whilst make an effort to sip this slowly. After this alcoholic drink switch back to a glass of water. You can alternate soft drinks and alcoholic drinks through the evening which will slow the drinking. Aim for a maximum of one or two alcoholic drinks.

    4. Only pop in for an hour to potentially heavy drinking events

    When you arrive at an event, mention that you can only stay for an hour or so because you have a commitment the following day such as an early work meeting or phone call first thing. If you are confident about your story from the outset you may be surprised at how easily people accept your decision to go home early. Over time you feel completely relaxed at being the partygoer who drinks less and gets to bed on time.

    5. Visualise yourself back home safe, sound and sober

    Visualize yourself totally sober and in control back at the house and see yourself brushing your teeth after returning back from a social event. By visualising positive outcomes regularly, you will program your mind to behave this way.

    Remember your thoughts are controlling your life. By improving your mind, you will over time, create the new healthier results. I have helped thousands of people to stop or reduce drinking with my hypnotherapy program. You can change your drinking with a change of mindset. by following my 5 tips to curb your drinking you should be able to take back control.

    You can read more in my book, Cut the Crap and Feel Amazing in the addictions chapter or try my  Take control of alcohol or Stop binge drinking hypnosis download available form my website shop

    I offer one-to-one hypnotherapy phone sessions which give you the opportunity to work on specific problems. These personalised sessions cost £150 each, and usually, 2-4 appointments are required.

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  • 20 inspirations to improve your life

    Inspiring techniques to help you improve your life

    1. Wave goodbye to excuses. Let them pass like clouds in the sky.
    2. Cut debt from your life to feel AMAZING. Spend less and earn more by using your skills.
    3. Smiling little and often will over time improve your life.
      Inspirations to improve your life.
    4. Laugh at life and feel AMAZING.
    5. This has happened but I can and I will turn it into something good.
    6. Every word you speak is shaping your life. Choose your words carefully.
    7. Piece your life together like a jigsaw puzzle and make it AMAZING.
    8. Let being a parent be a positive adventure.
    9. Your smile is the most AMAZING tool you have to improve your life.
    10. When you don't know the answer, presume things will work out AMAZINGLY well.
    11. You don't need to be 100% ready to give things a try...
    12. Let life be an adventure.
    13. You can carry on. You can get through this. You are doing it.
    14. You can find a way to make your life even better than it was before.
    15. The little things that make you smile will help you through your day.
    16. Goodbyes are opportunities for new hellos.
    17. What are we waiting for? Let's start living.
    18. You create your bad habits. But you can create good ones too.
    19. Appreciate the small things.
    20. Start with one thing, then another one thing until you have got everything done.

    You can read more in my hypnotherapy book Cut the Crap and Feel AMAZING which is published by Hay House. The chapters cover cutting the negative from your life covering topics such as relationships, money, career, parenting, stress, health and addictions such as alcohol and more...

    You can also find a selection of hypnosis downloads to help support you popular titles include Take Control of Alcohol, Stop Binge Drinking, Build Confidence and Self Esteem, Weight for Women, De-stress Your Life.....

  • Help, my parents are drunk

    Parents - are you a good role model for your kids or are you programming them to drink?

    Alcohol is part of the British culture but with home drinking becoming so popular is it time to reevaluate what affects it could be having on children who are seeing parents drunk.

    Busy lifestyles make it easy to slip into the habit of having a glass of wine or beer after a hard day but recent reports by Drinkaware suggest that 46% of 10-14-year-olds have seen at least one of their parents drunk. It is indicated that children who see their parents drunk are twice as likely to get drunk themselves.  It is also estimated that one in three children live with an adult binge drinker.

    Wine O'clock

    I  have found over the years that many of my clients drink alcohol when they’re getting the kids ready for bed or at bath time.  For some, it is easy to pour a glass of wine to unwind after a days work or to reward yourself for looking after the children. However, it is important to remember that everything a child experiences becomes part of who they are. A young person's subconscious mind absorbs information around them forming their core belief system. We are being hypnotised by the world around us.

    Whatever is normal to a child will feel normal to them as an adult so parents who drink could be programming children to drink themselves. Even if you don’t drink in front your children they will still pick up on alcohol habits by seeing the bottles of alcohol in the supermarket trolley or the empties the morning after in the recycling bin. Everything has an imprint on your child's mind so be careful as to what you are surrounding them with.

    I have treated hundreds of clients for reducing alcohol with hypnosis and many of them do drink in front of their children. I have also helped many teenagers with all sorts of issues from exam results and sports improvement to releasing stress and worries. My teenage clients often tell me that it can be upsetting or stressful to see their parents drunk.

    Regular drinking

    Alcohol is a drug but it is accepted as legally part of our society which gives people the green light to drink too much. Pubs and clubs are social hubs which should be there for occasional drinks but often lure people into a culture of drinking regularly. As it is cheap and easily available to drink at home over recent years it has become a daily ritual rather than something for the weekend.

    In everyday life, if someone doesn’t drink they are considered a bit of a “fuddy-duddy”. If you say you don't drink then people may think you are a recovering alcoholic. For this reason, many people can't imagine life without a drink as they want to be socially accepted by friends and family. Many peoples activities and lives may revolve around drinking. I tend to work with clients to help them reduce down although those who do want to stop altogether do so successfully. Here are some client stories to help you assess whether drinking in front of your children is a good thing or not?

    Hugos story (age 14)

    "My Mum thinks she is handling the drink really well but I notice she sways, slurs her words and is quite irrational when she has had a drink. In the morning she is more grumpy if she has had a lot of alcohol the night before. I hope I won't be like this with my children when I grow up. I am sure our Dad left us because of Mums drinking. It is hard to get any sense out of a parent who has had a few glasses of wine. I can see it in her eyes that she just switches off as she stops caring. She slumps on the couch with a glass of wine in her hand with the bottle on the coffee table. She tops up her glass until she finishes the bottle. I usually go to my bedroom before she starts saying silly things. Sometimes she wakes me up to tell me something because she doesn't realise it is late as she loses all sense of reality. One time she broke something I had made for a project at school. In the morning she didn't remember because she asked me why my model was broken which really irritated me. She thinks I am a typical moody teenager but actually it is her behaviour that makes me slam doors from frustration. She has no respect for herself or for me. How can I respect her if she is drunk?"

    Susans story (age 48)

    "I used to drink in my 20’s and 30’s, as a busy professional, it was just part of the job, everyone drank. My parents both drank so it felt perfectly normal that I would drink in front of my children. Although I never liked my parents when they were drinking as it made me feel on edge not sure which way to take them. I remember my son, aged about 5 at the time, saw me throwing up after I had mixed my cocktails. I was recently in a relationship with an alcoholic, and my son, now an impressionable 17-year-old, was witness to this mans extreme and drunken behaviour. When I later saw my son having spells of getting drunk, it was difficult for me to reprimand him as I was seen to have double standards.  It was much harder for me to assert ground rules. Teenagers have enormous peer pressure to drink neat spirits, it is seen as the norm. My son’s response was “Well Mum, you did it when you were my age.” what could I say to that? I would however in hindsight wished I had seen the damage I was doing by drinking in front of him when he was young. As a parent, I want to protect my son. If I could turn the clock back I would have drunk more sensibly and perhaps I would have a better relationship with my son.”

    Carolyn's story (age 42)

    "My drinking has caused a lot of tension between me and my husband which filters out to the whole family. It was only when I reduced my drinking, by listening to the "Take Control of Alcohol" hypnosis recording, that I realised my drinking was having a bad effect on my daughter's behaviour. She has been excluded from school before now which I suppose made me drink more. It became a vicious cycle of my drinking and her behaviour issues. I suppose I am not a very good role model for her when I crash out drunk because I finish a whole bottle of wine on a weekday. As I reined back my drinking with the hypnosis I found I was seeing the problems more clearly with my daughter. Once I was sober she began to listen to me as she had more respect for me. Taking back control of my drinking has enhanced not only my own well being, sleep, clarity but my families quality of life has improved too. The thought of wanting to stop drinking alcohol hung over me like a big black cloud for so long. Do I miss drinking? The answer is no way, I actually feel as if I have been handed a second chance and I have my life back. I don't miss drinking one bit. I just wish I had found the hypnosis downloads earlier. I don't want my children to see their parents drunk ever again."

    Chloe's story (age 18)

    "I just want to say my Dad reeks of booze sitting watching TV. He becomes really annoying when he tells us what to do. His head hangs down and sometimes he dribbles, it is disgusting. Mum and dad argue over his drinking which upsets me and my sister. I find it hard to take authority from someone who I have little respect for. He 's not an alcoholic, he goes to work and only drinks in the evenings but I don't think he should drink on a work night. I don't think it is fair to see your parents drunk. I worry about his health as he may get ill from drinking too much alcohol. I do drink as everybody does."

    Interested to curb your drinking?

    If you are interested to take back control of your drinking try my hypnosis downloads ‘Take control of alcohol recording to break daily drinking habits OR 'Stop binge drinking' for bouts of excessive alcohol drinking.  By reprogramming the mind the recordings will help break the bad habit of drinking and restore healthy sleep. It is easy to listen as with short tracks they can fit into your busy schedule either after work or at bedtime.  Just put the volume down low and let the messages wash over you whilst you sleep.  You will begin to see differences in your drinking such as pouring the dregs of wine away, leaving wine in the bottle for another day, having alcohol free nights, feeling like a herbal tea instead. You will find your mind makes different choices putting you back in control.

    Take Control of Alcohol - Click here
    Stop Binge Drinking for Women - Click here
    Stop Binge Drinking for Men - Click here

    Chapter 13 of my book "Cut The Crap and Feel AMAZING" by Hay House covers addictions and obsessions and will help you get back in control of your drinking

  • Let go of the negative

    How to let go of the negative to achieve true success -  

    The book that is changing lives...  "Cut the Crap and Feel Amazing" by Ailsa Frank

    Have you ever wondered how to let go of the negative to achieve true success? Well, this book has been stirring up the publishing world with the rights already sold in several languages. What makes this book different is that author Ailsa Frank is a seasoned hypnotherapist. She teaches you how to let go of the negative to achieve true success. Early on in the book, Ailsa stresses the importance of shifting the negative thoughts and patterns from the subconscious so you can make amazing things happen in every area of your life.

    Many people believe in the law of attraction and positive thinking. If you haven't released the limiting beliefs on an unconscious level, you will end up layering positive feelings on top of a negative foundation. Eventually, you can become frustrated as you find yourself unable to achieve what you really want to. Just like building a house with unstable foundations, eventually, the house will begin to develop cracks and problems. The book has been written in a way which moves your subconscious mind on from negative thoughts to positive ways of thinking as you read it.

    The aim of the book is to “gradually cut the negativity from your life and feel AMAZING.”

    Cut the Crap and Feel Amazing empowers you to rise above the drama and get into the AMAZING zone. Ailsa shares her tried and tested methods which she has used with thousands of clients in her one-to-one hypnotherapy sessions and in her established hypnosis CDs and download range. By adjusting your mindset you will learn to manage your life better and sort through the things you need to change. The useful step-by-step tips and chapter summaries make it easy to apply the techniques to everyday issues; stress, finances, relationships, parenting, addictions, health, heartache, and loss...making it a guide for life. Written with common sense guidance, inspiring client stories and great anecdotes you will soon be living life in the AMAZING zone with new motivation. The book is easy to read with simple but effective techniques to show you how to let go of the negative and achieve true success.

    Daily challenges

    Ailsa is an experienced hypnotherapist working with topics including alcohol reduction, building confidence, wealth, career success, weight loss. She works with adults, families, children, and teenagers. The thread of the book is to find the way through the negative challenges which people face on a daily basis. Even when things are not amazing, she encourages readers to use their energy to find solutions by taking control of thoughts and ultimately the situation.

    "People face real problems on a daily basis perhaps a parent with dementia, a friend with cancer or a financial struggle. By using the techniques to shift the negative worries you can stop yourself slipping into more negative thoughts and situations. The techniques will also release old situations from reoccurring such as always attracting having a difficult boss, never finding the right love or never having enough money. By healing the deep beliefs you unconsciously hold, you can free yourself to find an enjoyable way through even a tough situation" says Ailsa.

    People often question why bad things happen when they were trying to be positive. The book explains how the subconscious can be holding you back. Then the book gives you the tools to eliminate and ultimately let go of the negative thinking on a subconscious level. You can live your life in the amazing zone by using the techniques in this book.

    One of the techniques from the book to help you release negative spiralling thoughts is Ailsa's "Clouds in the Sky" technique.

    To release negative thoughts or worry, using the fingers of your right hand to rub, tap or press the knuckles of your left hand to reassure yourself that everything will be fine. You can do this subtly in front of other people – if you clasp your hands, no one will notice you rubbing, tapping or pressing your knuckles. Say to yourself, ‘Let it go. Let it pass.’ Imagine the bad feeling passing by. Thoughts are fluid, moving objects that will pass like clouds move across the sky if you allow them to do so. Repeat the exercise until the bad feelings pass. Also repeat it regularly throughout the day to ward off anxious or worried feelings. 

     “This book leaves you feeling like you’ve had a heart to heart with a wise friend. Ailsa has something new to offer with no mumbo-jumbo nonsense. I stayed with the book to the end. Go on then why not Cut the crap and Feel Amazing!” Amanda Riley-Jones, freelance journalist

    "Cut the Crap and Feel AMAZING" by Ailsa Frank

  • How can hypnosis help to reduce alcohol?

    How can Ailsa Frank hypnosis help you to reduce down alcohol consumption?

    Hypnosis for reducing alcohol works by breaking the bad habits in your subconscious which is the part of your mind that stores your habits and experiences. Your drinking behaviour probably built up over time.  The exercises I will talk you through during the hypnotherapy sessions or if you are using my hypnosis downloads will reprogram your mind with positive ways to feel and behave around alcohol.  My hypnotherapy techniques will release daily stresses and your patterns of association with alcohol. This will help create a more take it or leave attitude towards drinking. After the hypnosis you'll begin to make decisions such as only drinking socially, sticking to just one or two drinks at a time, throwing alcohol away when you know you have had enough, putting the cork or lid back on the bottle. If it's good for you to stop altogether then you probably will. When you are ready to fully let go you'll find yourself making different drink choices such as having a sparkling water or a cup of tea instead of alcohol. Most people prefer to just be in control of drinking rather than stopping altogether.

    Ailsa Frank Hypnosis methods

    The messages in the hypnosis recordings or the techniques used in a one to one hypnosis phone appointment will go into the deep part of your mind to release the drinking habits. The recordings and sessions deal with drinking triggers. When listening to the recordings it is best to lie down on a bed or sofa, put the volume down low and let the messages wash over you. You will only make safe changes at a pace you are ready to let go at.  My system of hypnosis releases the layers of drinking as well as the root causes. Afterwards, people feel more relaxed and comfortable in themselves. The changes happen in a way that feels natural, for instance, you may think about having an alcoholic drink but then you may decide not to have a drink. Just in the same way when you've had too many cups of tea or coffee if someone offers you another cup you say "no" as you just don't fancy one. The same thing happens with the alcohol, after the hypnosis you find yourself having less interest in drinking alcohol.  My methods used have been tried and tested with hundreds of one to one clients and thousands of people have successfully taken back control of their drinking by listening to my alcohol hypnosis recordings.

    Before Hypnosis, Steven said "I can't keep drinking like this. It is ruining my life, career, and relationships."

    After Hypnosis Steven said "I am thinking about alcohol less. I don't automatically reach for a drink when I get home from work. I feel I have some control over my choices. I am less stressed and don't wake in the middle of the night, in fact, I am sleeping better."

    For more information please contact me  or visit my website for my prices

    Recommended - You can read more about achieving alcohol reduction in chapter 13 of Ailsa's book "Cut the Crap and Feel Amazing" published by Hay House. Also, try hypnosis downloads, titles include "Take Control of Alcohol", "Stop Binge Drinking for Women" and "Stop Binge Drinking for Men".

  • Tips to let go of excess summer drinking

    Too much drinking this summer? Here are my tips to let go of excess summer drinking

    Summer might be a time to let your hair down with more socialising, holiday drinking or having a glass of wine in the garden but if you are struggling to keep your drinking under control my tips will give you a few pointers to change your mindset.

    Here are some tips to help you:

    1) Visualise yourself living your life without alcohol. Say 'I can be in control. I am in control. I make healthy choices.'

    2) Take a few minutes to work out what the main stresses are in your week. Stress often triggers the need to drink. Gradually work through each problem by making small changes to the way you live your life. Remember a big problem is only a series of small things which usually can be easily resolved. By sorting through the layers of stress you can begin to get back in control of your life and your drinking too.

    3) Use your phone camera to make a photo drink diary by photographing everything you drink (alcoholic and non-alcoholic). This way you will really see what you are consuming. Share the pictures with a supportive friend so that you have to face up to what you are drinking.

    You can read on my blog, click here, about a client who recently took control of alcohol with my one to one phone sessions. Joanne is a married busy mum of two who also runs a successful business. Like most people who drink regularly, alcohol habits gradually creep up over time. It is all too easy to reach for a glass of wine or a beer when the pace of life gets on top of you. For lots of busy working parents alcohol can be the glue holding your life together. Hypnotherapy deals with the stresses as well as breaking the bad habits. A one to one hypnosis session will be tailored for you to deal with any issues which you may be facing such as work pressures, family stresses or financial worries. Alternatively, you can try my hypnosis downloads which you can listen to at bedtime. Take Control of Alcohol breaks daily drinking habits whilst Stop Binge Drinking helps you get in control of bouts of excess.

    Take control of alcohol
    Reduce alcohol safely by changing the bad drinking habits in your subconscious mind. Release cravings and let go of emotional or boredom drinking. Improve sleep patterns, boost confidence to feel relaxed with less alcohol. Two short tracks to fit into your busy schedule.

    Recommended - You can read more about taking control of alcohol in chapter 13 of Ailsa's book Cut the Crap and Feel Amazing published by Hay House. Also, try hypnosis downloads, titles include Take Control of Alcohol, Stop Binge Drinking for Women and Stop Binge Drinking for Men.

  • Stop drinking stories

    Some stories from my clients who I've helped to stop drinking

    Dan's story

    I have been using "Take Control of Alcohol" to stop drinking for close to 2 weeks now and I have to say that I am very very impressed. It is still early obviously, but so far the effect has been undeniable. I also have to say that I am blown away by your ability to put me under every single time I listen. I've tried other online hypnotists before and have had mixed success. Something about your tone, cadence, and style just nuke me every time. :-) It is so easy to go under for you and I love it. I am very grateful and appreciative of this recording and I plan to buy more. I've seen some other hypnotists online with recordings like that but after experiencing you I don't think they can compare. Your newest fan.

    Carolyn's story

    I’m 62 years of age and a product of parents who grew up during the war. Consequently, when I began my singing career at age 15,  drinks during a set break was all part of the game.  I grew into it or I should say fell into it. I had made myself a promise at age 8 that I would never drink like my father.  The only time he was coherent was at 7am before he went off to work.  I never invited friends home from school for fear of what I might find.  We lived fairly well. My mother was a kindergarden teacher who I know worked very hard at keeping us all going but she drank too.  She never seemed to have a problem though.  She could turn it off after a couple.  My dad and I could not. He died at 67 after several strokes.    I’ve tried many times over the years to stop because you can only quit once. I tried AA too. I’m glad I purchased 2 of your tapes.  My youngest daughter (20 years) of my 4 children seems to have an issue that the other kids don't have.  My first husband drank a lot so perhaps the older three saw and were more resilient to what can happen when you drink to excess.  My second husband doesn’t drink at all unless I offer it to him.  He never bought me a bottle of wine, unless I asked him to. And that didn’t happen very often.  A thing he said to me some 22 years ago was, “if you’re going to drink,  do it at home where no one can see you”.  Now, what kind of advice is that!   I spent a good deal of time alone.   I knew it was time to stop drinking. Anyway suffice to say,  I believe I have a great command of my situation now thanks to you.  I’ve listened to the hypnosis downloads on my computer every night and I wake up in the morning now having to rub my eyes to get the sleep out of them.  I shall continue on this path.  I’m not promising myself that I won’t have a glass or two of wine for a special occasion, but I feel confident that after two,  I will know how to stop. Thank you because no one does it alone!

    Matt's story

    Since I bought your book I am feeling better about life. I sought help to stop drinking due to a heartbreak issue. I just want to let you know I'm still reading the book in small hits before I go to sleep at night and it's having a positive effect. I find myself in everyday situations quietly referring back to techniques in the book and it truly is changing me. My outlook is more positive and I just feel better about things. I find it helps to tell people that I'm reading your book and to tell them what I'm feeling. Some close people have noticed the change and want to borrow the book! I just tell them to go and buy their own copy!! I just wanted to let you know how I'm getting on!

    Lisa's story

    I just felt compelled to write a quick testimonial, I would never normally leave reviews or anything of the sort. However, in all honesty, the "Stop Binge Drinking for Women" download has changed my life! Haha not to sound dramatic but it has. Moderation is something I struggle with in life, be it trying to get fit, I go crazy for a fortnight and then exhaust myself and give up, likewise with food, money plans, study and of course alcohol! I wouldn't say I had a problem with alcohol as such - although my mother did worry as alcoholism runs in the family - I just binged completely. And sometimes I was a nice drunk and everything was fine but, oh god, sometimes my alter ego (we called her psycho Lisa) would make an appearance. She only made a few appearances over the years but I'm still reminded of them. As I started getting older my hangovers were steadily getting worse and worse and worse. To the point that a few hours of drunken fun that I could never remember anyway would lead to two days of illness. Not to mention the fear, depression and regret over things I may or may not have done, it was all a little blurry.

    The thing is I'm Irish! When I declared boldly on a Sunday that I was never drinking again, everyone else cheered and agreed and yet we would all be in the very same state the next Sunday, and so on! When I finally gave up drinking and even now when I meet people, they find it difficult to grasp that they have encountered a sober Irish person. It's a touch degrading still but such is our stereotype I suppose. The people that gave me the most hassle for giving up drink were actually not Irish, I think they didn't quite like the idea that I was no longer the drunken Irish friend. For a long time, they could rest easy about any mistakes they made on a night out as usually I had been drunker and had made bigger and even more ridiculous mistakes. So yes that took a while for people to grasp.

    Anyway, it all came to a head in May and I decided I was simply fed up and exhausted of being hungover, being regretful and yet still anticipating the upcoming Friday after work drinkies! I turned to the internet in hopes of a miracle. This is when I stumbled across your website, at first I dismissed it as a bit silly as if hypnotherapy would really work to stop drinking. However like I said I was desperate, it couldn't hurt, I downloaded the tracks and I have never looked back. Within a week, I was out socialising with a big group of friends I would usually feel that I needed a good few drinks to feel fun and sociable around. I had one glass of cider which I couldn't even finish. I was amazed, it must just be a fluke. Nope since that very first week, my craving for alcohol is completely gone. In the 5 and a half months since I started listening to the downloads, I've had a handful of drinks and feel fantastic!

    As I now no longer waste all my free time being hungover, I end up heading out and socialising more than I ever have. I have lost over a stone in weight, just by simply having the energy to go for a quick run and not gorging on fast food whilst hungover. I managed to save an absolute fortune, simply from not drinking and went travelling in Europe for the month of August. Life is fantastic.

    Not only has the "Stop Binge Drinking for Women" download been so helpful, I also started listening to the "Build confidence and self-esteem" download and I really really cannot thank you enough. I just feel so happy in my own skin and happy with the way my life is going. I feel like these downloads have set me free, there was always so many things I wanted to do and places I wanted to go but I was trapped in my old habits and lifestyle. Finally, I can achieve these goals whilst also maintaining a fantastic social life, I did worry that I would become a sort of hermit and not want to be around drunk people if I was going to remain sober but that has not been the case. Ok little rant over, thank you so much and all the best for the future!

    Sam's story

    I have to say this and I hope it doesn't sound over the top: Your recordings have changed my life and I am so incredibly grateful that I found your site. I am blown away by how effective your hypnosis mp3s are. No one else compares to you. I actually had so much incredible success with the alcohol stop drinking recording that I decided to buy three more sets of mp3s! I've been training myself with the weight loss for men set for about 2 weeks and the effect has been undeniable. I'm down 8 pounds and feeling leaner than I have in a long time. Next, I'll try the financial mp3 and then confidence. I just ordered a copy of your book "Cut The Crap and Feel Amazing" too as you suggested. :-)  Can't wait to receive it. Thank you!!

    For more information about hypnosis download recordings to stop drinking visit my shop

    Recommended - my hypnosis recordings "Take Control of Alcohol", "Stop Binge Drinking for Women" and "Stop Binge Drinking for Men"

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