Am I an Alcoholic?

 

Being an alcoholic does not necessarily mean that you are drinking all day, every day. Alcoholism is a progressive disease, the negative effects of drinking alcohol becoming increasingly severe over time. Problematic drinking leads to abuse of alcohol and eventually becomes a dependency; alcoholism is a chronic illness that eventually leads to an early death.

While there are many measures available, the most straight forward measure of someone being dependent on alcohol is if you have experienced or exhibited any 3 out of the following*:

 

A strong desire or sense of compulsion to take the substance

 

Difficulties in controlling substance use

 

A physical withdrawal state

 

Evidence of tolerance

 

Progressive neglect of social activities

 

Continued substance use in  the face of overtly harmful consequences

 

 

As this is a progressive illness, naturally the earlier you engage in treating it the lower the intensity of the treatment.

Help, support, treatment and recovery are available from a wide range of sources from brief advice and information to counseling and if necessary detoxification and rehabilitation.

 

Pierpoint can provide home detox and counselling as well as a full range of inpatient detoxification and residential rehabilitation programmes. If you are looking for help for someone else and they don’t accept that they have a problem our family intervention team can help.

 

Call us today to find out more, or chat to one of our missions team on our live web chat.

0845 3881 543 from 8am till 5pm

07811 606 606 Out of hours advice and emergency admission/ same day admissions

adushealthcare@gmail.com

 


* International Classification of Mental and Behavioural Disorders (ICD-10)

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