Yes, you read that headline correctly! You are being asked if, during a typical week, you drink enough alcohol, or if you overdo it? That is, are you a social drinker who knows their limits and drinks to a moderate level, or do you knock back pint after pint, wine glass after wine glass, without a care, simply drinking till you drop – or at least until you can just about stagger out of the pub to a waiting taxi and somehow get yourself home?
For many people, the line between drinking socially (responsibly, moderately) and excessively is all too often a thin one in environments and situations where alcohol is available.
“Alcoholism isn’t about how much you drink, it’s about how what you drink affects you,” explains Carrie in Northumberland. “It took me years to learn that, though. Like most of my female friends, I wanted to go out to the Bigg Market* on Friday and Saturday night looking a million dollars, but then to drink like a man – exactly like a man. But women’s bodies aren’t built for that, we have a different constitution, a lower alcohol tolerance level.”
“The bottom line was that, I had drunk enough after a couple of alcoholic drinks, and should have stopped at that each night I went out. But, I didn’t. Like a fool, I drank large glasses of wine, shorts, shots, even several pints of strong lager. I was worried that if I didn’t drink as much as my female mates, I wouldn’t be regarded as one of the girls anymore.”
“I ended up in Rehab in Scotland. It was only through going to Rehab that I managed to reduce my alcohol consumption considerably. Now I don’t drink at all!”
* Bigg Market is a bustling area in central Newcastle, where all the liveliest pubs and clubs are.
Are you under pressure?
Under pressure from others, that is, to drink excessively? Or perhaps you drink far too much because you are seeking to prove something to yourself? Whatever the underlying reason for your heavy drinking, it is never too late to do something about your alcohol abuse.
Rehab – how it works
If you feel that alcohol is taking over your life – and you genuinely want to change, to get your life back on track – your best option is to seek help from counsellors and clinicians who specialise in addiction. The best in the country work at private treatment clinics*, where you can be helped as an outpatient, through day care services, residential care, and also through extended residential care.
* There are Rehab Clinics in Surrey, Hampshire, Somerset, Wiltshire, Dorset, Scotland and at other locations across the UK.
Don’t be concerned that once your time at Rehab is up you’ll then be ‘thrown to the wolves’ and have to resume your life in society without support. Aftercare is one of the essential modules that can be part of a treatment programme specially formulated to meet your particular needs. Other modules include:
- Psychotherapy (both group and individual)
- CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy)
- 12-Steps Abstinence-Based Therapy
- Nutritional Support
- Family Support
- Alcoholics Anonymous, and
- Relapse Prevention