Alcoholism: I Drank Myself into Debt Hell

CASE STUDY: Aaron in Birmingham
There’s debt, and then there’s DEBT. Aaron – a 34-year-old freelance photographer in Birmingham’s Erdington district – explains:

“When I owed £300 to the bank, I never really thought about it; just about everyone I know is overdrawn. It was when I owed money to several creditors that I began to feel like I was carrying a huge weight. Three hundred quid somehow grew to three grand. And then four. And then five… The worry of it nearly killed me. And it was not like I had anything to show for all that money. Every penny of it went on drink.”

Caught in a trap
Given the economic climate over the past few years in the UK, it is unsurprising that millions of people across the country have been struggling moneywise more than ever before in their lifetimes. For some, drinking heavily is the only way they feel they can cope with their money worries. But, sadly, this simply creates a new problem:

“Like a lot of people,’ Aaron explains. “I found being in what was virtually a permanently inebriated state was the best way to cope with debt problems.”

“But, of course, when I woke up the next day after another night on the town binge drinking with my mates, the debt was still there, and had grown just a little bit more, actually, as my spending on alcohol gradually increased over time.”

“As I worked less and drank more, my borrowing rose to the point where creditors started to become seriously annoyed at me.”

“I was caught in a trap, as one problem created another: I drank more to somehow cope with my escalating debt. I couldn’t see a way out of my problems, until my girlfriend’s father, Graham, offered to pay for me to go to Rehab. After treatment, I worked hard on paying off all my debts, and am now almost debt-free (well, almost!).”

Graham takes up the story:
“Without wishing to sound boastful or arrogant, I am a successful businessman with fingers in numerous pies across the Midlands and beyond. The easiest thing in the world for me to have done would have been to simply pay off all Aaron’s debts, and basically get him out of the mire. But I chose to tackle the root cause instead: Aaron’s alcohol addiction.”

Affordable help from experts
If you are struggling with alcoholism, and you’re reading this thinking: “But I haven’t got a rich father-in-law like Aaron has!” Then that doesn’t mean you can’t go to Rehab. Treatment is priced at levels that functioning alcoholics could realistically afford. And, if you have Private Health Insurance, you might even be eligible to claim part of the fees.


I could not stop drinking, having tried various methods. After making contact with Rehab Treatment UK I was put at ease immediately. All my options were carefully explained and 2 days later admitted to Rehab. Without the speedy response I would probably still be drinking today, Already, the home is a happier place. Thank you Jane for starting the process for a life of sobriety.
B. Middlesex

Thank you to Rehab Treatment UK and everyone at the Clinic that was involved in my Detox. It has been hard, but the fun everyone has made it, helped to make it easier.
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