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Do You Want More Than Fizzy Water?

Alcohol Dependence UK

Do You Want More Than Fizzy Water When Everyone Else is Drinking Champagne?

Approaching the New Year in the UK can be a difficult time. Life, Society and cultural celebrations, do not stop revolving when you have an alcohol addiction. Which can make this time of year a challenge, if you are thinking about dealing with any alcohol dependence.

In the UK, in 2015 there were 8,758 alcohol-related deaths (around 14 per 100,000 people). The mortality rates are highest among people aged 55-64. Alcohol Concern UK

This seasonal period is historically known as a time of indulgence. In modern times it has intricately become linked with alcohol.

In the UK, it is very easy and cheap to buy. The stores maximise their profits by increasing the size and volume of wine bottles. 3 for 2 offers are available everywhere. Supermarkets offer deals on multiple boxes of lager and everything is moved to the front of the store. On entry – there it is. Right in front of you. The first thing to reach out for!

Shops sell drinking glasses the size of swimming pools. Half a bottle of vino sits snugly within. It becomes easy at this time of year to indulge in drinking freely and hide the signs of heavy and chronic drinking. Enabling it to turn very easily from alcohol abuse into a dependence and an addiction.

While the price of alcohol has increased by 36% since 2005, it remains 60% more affordable than it was in 1980. Alcohol Concern UK

Taking part as a sober individual in festivities, where alcohol is the prevalent drug of choice, can be a tough call for someone who is in the latter stages of alcoholism and wanting to stop.

When does Alcohol Abuse become Alcohol Dependence?

These two terms are often used interchangeably. Yet medically, they have different meanings. Both involve the consequential misuse of alcohol. This can cause significant damage to lives and wellbeing.

Abuse means that there is excessive and regular drinking involved. This is having a negative effect on a person’s life but is not dependent in nature. The effect of this abuse and binge drinking, begins to cause the person to not function fully within their social groups, society and within personal responsibilities.

When a person has become alcohol dependent, it means they are no longer in control of their drinking. Alcohol has become central and they are willing to give up everything to enable themselves to keep drinking. Through this process, the individuals thinking changes and the focus of their lives becomes about drinking alcohol. It takes more and more to achieve the desired effect.

By this point, if an alcoholic stops drinking, then withdrawals kick in. The alcoholic then drinks to stop the withdrawal symptoms and they are then engaged in a negative cycle of being, which has taken over their lives.

Signs of Alcohol Dependence. Four warning signs.

  • Physical symptoms include: nausea, sweating and shaking on stopping drinking.
  • Compulsive (uncontrollable) need to drink and not wanting to stop.
  • Morning drinking on awaking.
  • Constantly thinking about drinking and where you are going to get your next drink from.

If you are someone who intends or needs to continue frequenting parties. Or you need help in figuring out how to deal with going and staying sober in the process. Here at DARA, through our tailored program of counselling and the phase work assigned during your rehabilitation experience. We will help you explore and figure out how to deal with how your drinking has affected your life and assist you in staying sober in recovery.

Why not come, commit to and see in a sober New Year, amongst a like-minded community.

  • Reside within our lush tropical resort style facility.
  • Connect with other recovery focussed individuals, looking for relief.
  • Learn through our psycho-educational program.
  • Grow in awareness and understanding, through one to one counselling sessions
  • Stay Sober and build on your sobriety

Around 61% of people seeking treatment for alcohol dependence completed successfully. Alcohol Concern UK

 The rehabilitation we offer at DARA, will help you regain the control over your life. Through our structured daily program, you will regain your strength, develop confidence and work towards sobriety.

Don’t just take our word for it. Listen to what a former Client from the UK has to say about her experience.

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