We live in the Digital Age. Information seems omnipresent. Blogs, forums, walls, feeds, tweets… Good grief! It’s as though the whole world has suddenly been given a voice. Everywhere, supposed experts are increasingly contributing to online debates; they are sharing their self-proclaimed oracular wisdom, raising awareness, seeking to ‘make a difference’, convincingly providing ‘key’ answers to pressing questions…
But who do we believe?
When seeking advice on a serious matter, such as tackling alcoholism, who can really offer specialist guidance? And whose alleged voice of authority should we unequivocally ignore? The given advice might be unsafe, and if acted upon might even prove fatal.
When it comes to health matters, it is critical to only seek counsel from qualified professionals. This is particularly true when it comes to coping with and overcoming an addiction. Contrary to what many believe, alcoholism is an addiction – a potentially life-threatening one; drinking excessively regularly can lead to innumerable physical and psychological problems, including:
- Depression, anxiety, stress, panic attacks and other psychiatric conditions
- Impaired brain function
- High blood pressure (at a dangerous level)
- Liver cirrhosis
- Heart disease, and
- Several types of cancer
If you are at an increased risk of all that, should you really be asking the bloke next door, your best mate at work, or the girls at Tuesday night Zumba club for advice on how to reduce your regular alcohol consumption level, or even on how to stop drinking altogether?
Some ‘gold nuggets’
Typical pearls of wisdom from people who probably mean well but are in no way qualified to proffer guidance on overcoming alcoholism go something like this:
- “Just go on one last massive bender, mate. Binge drink till you drop one more time and then don’t drink again.” DON’T DO THAT.
- “Alternate between dry and wet weeks” – the preposterous advice being given here is to drink as much as you want one week, and to then not drink at all for the next seven days. This is exceedingly dangerous; it can also be the cause of domestic violence and other problems
- “Always eat a massive meal before a heavy binge drinking session. It means the alcohol is less harmful to your body as there is plenty of food already in your stomach sitting there ready to absorb most of the drink.” This can result in a heart attack. DON’T DO IT.
- “There’s a pill you can take that means you can stop drinking ‘like that’ (click of the fingers). You can buy it on the Internet, dirt cheap.” NEVER EVER DO THAT.
- “If you’re worried about drinking while pregnant, babe, but can’t face life without the booze; drink as much as you can leading up to the pregnancy, to sort of get double drinking in until you’re forced to give up boozing for 9 months, or whatever, yeah?” This is terrible (and wholly irresponsible) advice that we at Rehab Treatment UK can barely bring ourselves to even comment upon, except to say that, for the health of your baby, before (while you and your partner are trying to conceive) and during pregnancy it is best not to drink at all.
Accessing professional advice is quick and easy
For advice on how to overcome alcoholism, your safest option is to talk to qualified professionals: experienced clinicians and counsellors at a private rehab clinic – people who know what they are talking about. Rehab Treatment UK can help facilitate your admission into the most suitable clinic!