I have read various times that alcohol is not fattening and may, in fact, help in weight loss. At least in my case, I have pretty convincing evidence that this is not true.
A year or so ago, I decided to cut back drastically on the alcohol I drink, as it seemed to have a much bigger effect than it had in the past. I was not overweight. I started by stopping drinking alcohol completely. After a few months, I noticed that my trousers seemed to be loose round the waist-band, but I felt fine and was not ill. I bought a weighing machine and discovered that I had dropped 10 kilos! Amazing!!. When I worked out the daily calories I had cut out by not drinking and multiplying this by the days that I had not drunk any alcohol, my weight loss came out exactly right, at 3,500 calories to the pound.
I am a Mental Health Counselor who is licensed in both New York (LMHC) and North Carolina (LCMHC). I have been working in the Mental Health field since 2015. I have worked in a residential setting, an outpatient program and an inpatient addictions program. I began working in Long Island, NY and then in Guelph, Ontario after moving to Canada. I have since settled in North Carolina. I have experience working with various stages of addiction, depression, anxiety, mood disorders, trauma, stages of life concerns and relationship concerns.
I tend to use a person-centered approach which simply means that I meet you where you are and work collaboratively to help you identify and work towards accomplishing goals. I will often pull from CBT when appropriate. I do encourage use of mindfulness and meditation and practice these skills in my own life. I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity and compassion.
I recognize that reaching out for help is hard and commend you for taking the first step. We have professionals available who would be happy to help you move closer to reaching your goals related to your drinking concerns. You may reach these professionals by calling 877-322-2694.