The Slippery Slope
The Slippery Slope
The slippery slope…
What is your relationship with alcohol?
Do you drink because you’re bored?
Do you drink more than you used to?
Has alcohol affected your weight?
Do you hide alcohol?
There may be other tell-tale signs that you have a poor relationship with alcohol.
- 24% of adults in England and Scotland regularly drink over the Chief Medical Officer’s low-risk guidelines
- 27% of drinkers in Great Britain binge-drink on their heaviest drinking days
- In the UK in 2017 there were 7,697 alcohol-specific deaths – the highest level since 2008
- In England in 2017/18, there were an estimated 586,780 dependent drinkers
- Alcohol misuse is the biggest risk factor for death, ill-health and disability among 15-49 year-olds in the UK
Alcohol misuse is the fifth biggest risk factor across all ages
- Alcohol is a causal factor in more than 60 medical conditions, including: mouth, throat, stomach, liver and breast cancers; high blood pressure, cirrhosis of the liver; and depression
- In England in 2017/18, there were an estimated 1.2 million hospital admissions related to alcohol consumption. In Wales in 2017/18, there were 54,900 alcohol-related hospital admissions. In Scotland in 2017/18, there were around 35,500 alcohol-related hospital admissions.
- Males accounted for 66% of all alcohol-related deaths in the UK in 2016
- Hospital admissions due to alcoholic liver disease in England have increased by 43% in the last 10 years
Therapy for alcohol addiction
In working with alcohol addiction, we work alongside your GP. This is to ensure that the appropriate level of detoxification support is available as doing this without it can be dangerous. This is likely to take six sessions where we explore your experience with alcohol and look in detail at the patterns in your life.
Together we will look at what triggers your alcohol consumption and how it impacts on your life and on others in your life. And what the consequences of these are.
The key question to ask yourself is – do you really want to be free of alcohol? Are you tired of the guilt? Of the secrecy? Of the shame?
If the answer is truthfully yes, take that first step and tell me about your situation and how I can help you.