How much did you have to drink over the weekend, or last week, or the week before that? Are you able to accurately tally it all up? And how much alcohol will you put away in the next seven days, do you think? Could you come up with a realistic estimate? Probably not. Not if you are a compulsive drinker, that is.
Definition (as noun): A person with behaviour patterns governed by a compulsion, an urge, a craving, an impulse…
If you are a functioning alcoholic, you are probably like thousands of other people across the UK who simply drink when they feel like it, spontaneously, and in quantities that they rarely if ever keep a tab on (excuse the pun!).
According to Government guidelines, the current recommended limits are 21 units of alcohol a week for men, and 14 units a week for women. A unit is roughly half-a-pint of beer or cider, a small glass of wine, or a single pub measure of spirits. Do those amounts seem minuscule to you? They did to these people: reformed alcoholics who turned their lives around after having treatment for alcoholism at private rehab clinics in England and Scotland:
“Before I sought help for my alcohol abuse I was drinking so excessively that I never had any money left for anything else. I would wake up with a raging hangover on a Monday morning, complaining to my wife that I didn’t know where all my wages had gone from the previous week. I never kept track of how much I was spending on booze, no. Before going to rehab, I would have just kept on drinking whatever the cost, to be honest. I was a compulsive drinker, definitely.”
“I drank heavily for several years because basically I was a weak person; I caved in to pressure from my so-called mates to get well and truly bladdered every night from Thursday through to Sunday. I also drank at lunchtimes and during the evenings throughout the remainder of the week. How I afforded it all, I just don’t know.
What I do know is that I never once thought about controlling my spending or even bothered to casually check sometimes what I was shelling out on alcohol each week. I was an individual who constantly craved alcohol: a young woman who was forever compulsively buying booze, not endlessly scrutinising bank statements!”
“Let’s be honest, very few heavy drinkers care less about how much their alcohol consumption is costing them, financially or health-wise, each week. Tell them what the government guidelines as regards to recommended safe drinking levels are and they’d probably laugh in your face. All alcoholics want to know is where their next drink is coming from and when.
Back in 1996 when I was addicted to alcohol myself, if anyone confronted me about the amount I was drinking, I would tell them where to go. I would drink on impulse, yes; but I would also often put a great deal of planning into my ‘drinking week’. Back then, I thought I knew it all; until I almost died from alcohol poisoning, that is. If I hadn’t gone into rehab, I wouldn’t be here today; I know that much.”
“Before I stopped drinking, I was definitely an individual with behavioural patterns governed by compulsion. I would buy alcohol on a whim: from a supermarket, an off licence, a corner shop, even online. I’d also pop into any pub I happened to be passing for a quick pint (or three). If you do that every week, it is going to amount to an awful lot of alcohol in total.
If I hadn’t finally sought help for my addiction to alcohol, by having treatment at a rehab clinic in Luton, I’d probably be crippled with debt by now.”
Don’t let alcohol take over your life
If you are a compulsive drinker, and genuinely want to tackle your alcohol abuse, help is only a phone call away. To find out about different types of alcohol addiction treatment programmes available simply call Rehab Treatment UK. One of our friendly team will best advise, and then help with admission to the most suitable Alcohol Addiction Treatment Programme for you.