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Alcoholism

How much should you really be drinking?

There is so much written about alcoholism and, let’s be honest, it is probably abused pretty regularly by most people who use it.

 

But did you know the NHS recommends that:

 

  • Men should not regularly drink more than 3-4 units of alcohol a day.
  • Women should not regularly drink more than 2-3 units a day.
  • If you've had a heavy drinking session you should avoid alcohol for 48 hours.

And by “regularly” they mean drinking this amount every day or most days of the week.

 

One strong beer for a man and a glass of wine for a woman takes care of the daily limits, and then there is the 48-hour recommended abstinence. Weekend drinking and other binges see many people easily exceeding these figures.

From social norm to life-long addiction

 

That’s alcohol consumption. But when it becomes an addiction it can destroy everything in the lives of those affected. As it is legal, easy to obtain and socially acceptable – combined with extremely harsh withdrawal symptoms that can be life threatening – it is one of the hardest addictions to fully recover from.

 

Alcohol detox is one of the few that requires specific medication and can lead to death if it’s not carried out under medical surveillance. Even hard drugs don’t require specific medication for the detox. In those cases, it’s more about making sure the person is comfortable throughout the process.

Alcoholism usually plays a part across the full spectrum of conditions that we treat, including depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), eating disorders and addictions, such as sex, love, internet, gaming and gambling. Usually, it is also heavily intertwined with other substance abuse (please see Dual Diagnosis).

How can we help you beat alcohol addiction?

 

At Red Umbrella, we know there are many facilities that offer alcohol rehab and claim high success rates, but there are very few really good facilities. Treatment programmes also differ considerably.

 

We know that the success rates for treating alcoholism are extremely low and relapses are often part of the recovery process (see Relapse). So it’s imperative to find the right starting point and attend a treatment facility that has the staff and programmes in place to individually treat you.

There are complex and diverse reasons why people abuse alcohol, with many underlying issues and dual diagnosis often involved. With this in mind, it makes no sense to follow a programme without one-to-one therapy. However, many so-called “top” alcohol rehab facilities do not offer this option – but they don’t advertise this in their glossy brochures.

 

An after-care programme is another critical factor in having your best chance of recovery and this could involve a number of options.

At Red Umbrella, we look forward to talking to you about your individual needs and advising you on how to make the best possible start to your recovery.

 

Contact us now on +44 (0)300 002 0061, or through our live chat facility.