British Elle fashion editor Stacey Duguid knew her drinking was getting to be a problem: “As well as possible health issues, the days I've spent hungover have been some of the most horrific of my life,” she writes in the Daily Mail. But it was a mammoth task. “You can't beat that warm, fuzzy glow,” she says. A hypnotherapist had worked wonders for a colleague. Skeptical but game, Duguid gave her a try.
“I didn't think for one second it would work on me; I'm no emotional pushover. But sure enough, within 10 seconds I was under,” Duguid writes. “As I listened to Marisa softly croon: 'You love not drinking,’ I lay there and thought: 'No, I bloody well don't.'” But on a trip to Milan soon after, “I wasn't remotely tempted” to have a drink. Six weeks later, “colleagues are amazed at the calmer, more balanced me.”