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Psychotherapy and Wine

The Terror of a Whole Bottle of Wine 

And how to control wine consumption



My text ‘Psychology and wine’ has already been published on several domestic and foreign portals. 

A real question is how we can combine psychotherapy and wine? 

I actually want to tackle so-called ‘a whole bottle terror’ phenomenon. 

How many times have you had the following sequence of thoughts: ‘I’ve already opened the bottle, and if I don't drink it all, it will be wasted, and that would be such a pity.’

The relevant literature states that drinking too much wine is unhealthy, just like any other alcoholic drink. 

Those who consume and love wine would say: ‘Well, I know all that, but I simply don't apply such stringent rules)’ or even worse: ‘The facts and information I know have absolutely no influence on what I actually do!’

Let’s consider some practical ways to get your wine consumption under control. 

Burying head in the sand is dangerous when it comes to your health, so be honest and truthful with yourself about your alcohol consumption.

Drinking wine at night brings with it additional problems. 

After all, it can lead to depression, anxiety, addiction and myriads of other problems.

Are you aware of the ‘terror of a whole bottle of wine’ phenomenon? 

Some people escape from everyday life or problems and relax with a glass of wine daily. 

It’s such a convenient escape from daily stress. 

Other people truly and unconditionally love wine. 

Unfortunately, when you're alone and open a bottle just for one glass, it very easily becomes a trap and the terror of a whole bottle of wine’ takes place. 

In order to have a single glass of wine, the bottle must be opened. 

Wine has a limited shelf life and once opened, it cannot stay for long. 

Therefore, one glass may quickly turn into two, and soon thereafter the next glass arrives. 

Happiness and alcohol-induced enthusiasm kick in and another glass of wine follows, then another... because ‘it's a pity to throw this wine away!’. 

If a bottle of wine (0.75 l) is opened for one glass, it is very easy to go from enjoying one glass (0.1) to the irrational belief ‘Now, it's a shame that the other 0.65 goes to waste! If I've already opened it, then I have to drink the rest.’

Ultimately, just because a particular bottle of wine is opened, it doesn't follow that it has to be emptied.


"Wine x Money" technique

(Record keeping)

I suggest that you be honest with yourself and keep records. 

In addition to keeping a record of alcohol consumption, you should also keep a record of spending money. 

Add a column to record how much money was spent on wine - weekly, monthly and annually. 

It is important to keep a diary - of course honestly, without distorting the data, because you are doing it for yourself, in order to have much better control. 

It has a double positive effect - both on health and on your wallet. 

To begin with, a clear record will be kept of the amount of alcohol intake in the body, and then of the money spent for this pastime. 

Consumption of alcohol will eventually decrease, and at the end, you will have far better and more accurate control over yourself, over alcohol intake and wine consumption.

I hope that this text was useful to you, primarily for the sake of raising awareness of the "Terror of a Whole Bottle" phenomenon and fully regaining an alcohol consumption control.


Kristina Karanović

MSc Psychologist






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