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Date : 25-Mar-2014
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User:dear Dr, I want to know about drinking beer. I like my beer before I have my dinner every night. so I tend to have 2 pints most nights or 3 pints. But I have been doing this for past 5 years. Am I drinking too much. I now start to cut down to have 2 or 1 pint every night. I read lots in web about alcohol withdrawal and all that. So I am bit worried to give up. Can I give up completley . I think the whole week my take is around 30 units. But I have atleast a beer every night. Is this is harmful? Thanking you in advance
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Doctor:You seem to be a moderate drinker
User:yes I am
Doctor:with 2 to 3 pints every night
Doctor:In my view, you are drinking too much
Doctor:May I know your age?
User:my plan is to cut down to 1 to 2 pint. I am 40 years old
Doctor:that would be ideal
Doctor:You could cut it down to 1 to 2 point
Doctor:and then make it every alternate day
Doctor:and then make it weekly
User:If I change to this plan will I get any withdrwal symptoms
Doctor:and gradually wean it off
Doctor:You would not get withdrawal symptoms this way
User:ok. That's fine. Thank you. I am a very high anxiety person and worry about everything every minute. That's why I contacted . Thank you
Doctor:You must be relaxing
Doctor:I was assuming you to be a calm person
Doctor:But, please do remove this anxiety and worry as it would take you no where
Doctor:Thanks for contacting me
Doctor:Instead go for relaxation techniques like walking, listening to music
Doctor:I am sure you would be able to overcome this alcohol problem as well
Doctor:Wish you good health
Doctor:Do you have any more queries?
User:Would you give any advice on my anxiety, Every minute I worry about something. Mainly I worry about my health. I go to so many private clinics and do tests everything is normal. Then after couple of days I start to worry. do you have any advice for me?
Doctor:I understand
Doctor:you must learn to control your mind for it
Doctor:it is like biofeedback
Doctor:keep telling yourself that you are healthy
Doctor:Follow some of the healthy lifestyles like going for a walk daily
Doctor:You will feel better about your own health
Doctor:you can jog too
Doctor:You must drink plenty of water daily
Doctor:Also, do relaxation techniques like deep breathing, silent meditation
Doctor:This way you can learn your mind
Doctor:You will feel less anxious
Doctor:Also, make sure you sleep adequately and sleep well
Doctor:Read a book, keep yourself calm
Doctor:Eventually you can get over this too
Doctor:You must reassure yourself about your good health
User:Yes I know. I know my problem is health anixety and I keep telling my mind and I will be ok for weeks then it comes back. It I don't worry about my health then I worry about finance, my child and so on. I know I have an anxiety problem but find out very difficult to come over it. I have been trying to do all these what you mention but everything I start but I never finish. I think I must have about 20 books . all of them I start 3 pages then never finish. this is my problem
Doctor:all right
Doctor:then you could try anti-anxiety medications for a short term and see if that helps you
Doctor:I usually prescribe my patients Tablet Clonazepam for short term
User:I really do not want to go on medication, I will try your techniuqe and if not then I will ask my GP to give me the above medication
Doctor:but sometimes, short term medications are a good try too
Doctor:no harm in it
Doctor:Please go ahead with your choice
Doctor:Wish you good luck and good health
User:Ok. Thank you.
Doctor:my pleasure
User:Thanks for your advice today
Doctor:Hope I have been of help to you
Doctor:You are welcome anytime
Doctor:Good day and take care
User:yes thank you. I hope this chat is kept privatlely
Doctor:Oh yes, it is
User:good bye
Doctor:you can train it to stop worrying
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