“Do I have a problem with alcohol”? Did you know that in the last 5 years 69% of those contacting our service
reduced their consumption or stopped drinking altogether?
WHAT IS A DRINKING PROBLEM?
Essentially, you don’t have to be someone that drinks 24/7 to have a problem with alcohol. Most people who access this service have families, jobs, and responsibilities. For various reasons though their consumption of alcohol has crept up to levels which may be causing them some harm. We want to encourage people to come and see us at ANY stage as research suggests that the earlier a person addresses their drinking the greater chance of success. What type of drinker are you?
The Chief Medical Officer has advised that there is now no ‘safe’ level of drinking, only a ‘low risk’ level of drinking. The association between alcohol and many medical conditions is now clearly established therefore a safe level cannot be recommended. Please also note that Pregnant women are now advised NOT to drink alcohol.
Lower risk drinkers
(who are at a low risk of alcohol-related illness) are defined as:
- Unit guidelines are now the same for men and women. ‘Low risk’ drinking equals no more than 14 units per week spread out over 3 or more drinking occasions.
Increasing risk drinkers
(who are at an increasing risk of damaging their health) are defined as:
- Men who regularly drink more than 3 to 4 units a day (but drink less than the higher risk levels)
- Women who regularly drink more than 2 to 3 units a day (but drink less than the higher risk levels)
Higher risk drinkers
(who have a high risk of alcohol-related illness and of damaging their health) are defined as:
- Men who regularly drink more than 8 units a day or more than 50 units of alcohol per week
- Women who regularly drink more than 6 units a day or more than 35 units of alcohol per week
Furthermore, the short term and long term consequences of excessive drinking include the:
1.Acute intoxicating effects, occurring after a binge
2.Chronic toxic effects, following prolonged periods of drinking at harmful levels
3.Propensity for addiction leading to physical and psychological dependency.
Questions to ask yourself?
If you can answer ‘yes’ to any of these questions it may be a good idea to discuss your drinking with one of our counsellors:
- Have you had episodes of drinking to excess regularly and consuming more than the recommended safe amount of units
- Have any of your relatives, family or friends ever commented or complained about your drinking?
- Do you feel that your drinking may be affecting your physical health or psychological well-being?
- Is it a struggle to stop after the first couple of drinks?
- Have you ever tried to stop drinking completely and been unable to?
- Have you ever suffered from blackouts? (unable to remember what happened whilst you were drinking)
- Has your drinking caused you to have financial, legal, social or medical problems
- Have you missed days of work through your drinking or got into difficulties at work.
- Have you failed to do attend to some of your responsibilities at home, with your family or children because of your drinking?
- Have you used alcohol to help you cope with life issues or events
- Has drinking become more important than other parts of your life?
Answering yes to any of these questions means you may be developing a problem. Give us a call today and arrange a confidential appointment to talk about your drinking with a non- judgemental experienced counsellor.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF REDUCING ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION.
Did you know?
Alcohol is related to over 60 diseases and illnesses. It is linked to high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, strokes and weight problems. It is one of the most established causes of certain cancers including, breast, oral, colon and liver cancer. Keeping your consumption within safe recommended limits can reduce your risk of developing a range of conditions. Other physical and psychological problems associated with alcohol include:
- Sleep problems
- Anxiety & stress
- Weight problems
- Stomach upsets
- Poor concentration
- Memory problems
- Nerve damage
- Accidents and injuries
- Sexual difficulties
- Plus many more…..
Contact us today we can work out your unit consumption and see what category of drinker you are?