Am I an Alcoholic?
Thursday, 23 Aug 2012

Am I an Alcoholic?

By Private Therapy Clinic

alcoholism21There is no doubt that life can be very stressful at times. Whether it’s a tight deadline at work, financial worries or family problems, all of us need a little bit of light relief and escapism at time.There is no doubt that life can be very stressful at times. Whether it’s a tight deadline at work, financial worries or family problems, all of us need a little bit of light relief and escapism at time.

For many a bracing walk or a spot of retail therapy may be enough to get back on to an even keel. For others losing yourself in a good book can be all the salvation they need.

However, others find that these do not help and instead turn to a glass of their favourite tipple to give them the distraction they need. Of course, there is nothing wrong with the occasional drink to take the edge of a particularly bad day, but do you know when social drinking turns into binge drinking, or even alcoholism?

What is binge drinking?

Essentially binge drinking is the consumption of large amounts of alcohol (typically twice the daily recommended allowance) in a short period of time. Those who indulge in this behaviour do so in order to get drunk. While there is often a strong desire to use alcohol, binge drinkers tend not to associate this with alcoholism as they invariably do not drink every day.

Tell-tell signs you are becoming addicted

While clearly unhealthy in and of itself, binge drinking may not be a huge cause for concern if it is limited to the occasional night out. However, if you find that you crave alcohol from the moment you get up, are increasing the number of drinks you are consuming, and doing so on a more regular basis then you may be addicted to alcohol.

Alcoholism is a cycle where a compulsion fuels the consumption of alcohol with continued consumption increasing tolerance levels ultimately leading to the consumption of more alcohol to satisfy the need.

What available help is there for you?

Call our team on 020 8150 7563 or 075 1111 6565 for a free 15 minute confidential chat or to arrange an appointment with an expert who will be able to help.

  • Addictions
  • Psychotherapy