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Identifying drink problems

posted on: January 11th, 2013
Drink problems aren’t always straightforward to identify and it can be easy to fool yourself into thinking that your habits when it comes to reaching for the booze are perfectly normal, when in fact they may be signs of addiction.
 
The most important step in tackling alcohol reliance is admitting that you have a problem. After this, you might want to take advantage of alcohol rehab. Many people find that this approach helps them to sever their dependence on drink.

Recommended limits

According to the NHS, men shouldn’t regularly drink more than three to four units of alcohol per day, while for women the limit is two to three units. Meanwhile, after heavy drinking sessions, it is advisable to stay off the booze for 48 hours. 
 
You are defined as an ‘increasing-risk’ drinker if you regularly consume more than the recommended number of units. The NHS points out that by exceeding this amount of drink, people put themselves at an elevated risk of certain cancers and they may also be more prone to fatigue or depression, weight gain, poor sleep and sexual problems. 

Higher-risk

Meanwhile, if you regularly drink more than eight units a day or 50 units a week as a man, or six units a day and 35 units a week as a woman, you are defined as a ‘higher-risk’ drinker. Compared with non-drinkers, you may be three to five times more likely to get cancer of the mouth, neck and throat and three to ten times more likely to develop liver cirrhosis. Also, you may be twice as likely to have an irregular heartbeat.
 
In addition, at these levels, drinking can make you more argumentative and this may damage your relationships with family and friends.

Change your perspective

It’s all too easy to brush excessive drinking habits off as being completely normal. After all, the cliché of a drunk is someone clutching onto a bottle of cheap cider and sleeping rough in doorways.
 
The fact is, it’s perfectly possible to have a drink problem while leading what appears to be a normal life. It’s important to try to appraise your behaviour objectively and, if you are drinking too much, now is the time to take action.
 
It may help to ask family and friends for their opinions. Sometimes, hearing what others think of your drinking can be a real eye-opener. It may not be easy to take, but this honesty could help you start a new and healthier chapter in your life.

Help is at hand

The good news is, once you have admitted you have a problem, there is plenty of help at hand. This means you needn’t go through the process alone. Quitting the booze can be really tough. After all, over the years reaching for a bottle may have become deeply ingrained in your behaviour.
 
One option is to book yourself in for alcohol detox Cheshire or alcohol detox Yorkshire. Taking this step could help you free yourself from the shackles of excessive drinking. 

 

 

 

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