Harm reduction therapy is a respectful approach to examining your relationship with alcohol in a shame-free, individualized way. I work with people to explore their relationship to alcohol: to understand why and how drinking is helpful, to get more clarity about how drinking causes harm in our relationship to ourselves and others, the circumstances in which it might be better to drink less... or ok to drink more, and strategies to improve one's relationship to alcohol.
Harm Reduction Therapy
Wondering if you drink too much is really common for people who consume alcohol.
About 40 percent of people who consume alcohol drink more than what is considered "low risk" drinking. Low risk drinking is no more than one drink per day or seven drinks per week for women, and no more than two drinks per day or 14 drinks per week for men. Does that number surprise you? It surprises most people.
About 70 percent of people who drink meet the definition of binge drinking. Binge drinking is defined as 4 or more drinks per occasion for women and 5 or more drinks per occasion for men. Again, that number is often surprising for many people who drink.
Are you wondering if alcohol is starting to be a problem for you? You might be thinking you need to go to alcohol rehab/ Maybe you're aware you're drinking too much, but aren't sure if you need or want to stop.
Perhaps you think Alcoholics Anonymous is the only way to stop drinking. Maybe you've tried to stop drinking but heard that complete abstinence is the only way to solve your problem.
You might have talked to someone but only felt guilt and shame instead of feeling like you actually got help. Are you spending more on alcohol than you wanted?
Maybe you're starting to have times where you feel like you need a drink to get going in the morning. Perhaps you notice regrets about choices you make when you're drinking, or that when you drink you do things you wouldn't normally do. Maybe you can't remember all the things you do when you drink.
It never feels good to think about drinking too much.
The good news is there are ways to talk about drinking too much that are respectful, supportive, and can help you make changes without feeling overwhelmed.