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Alcohol Addiction Facts Explained & Myths Dispelled

With the number of alcohol drinkers on the rise, Port of Call feel it is important to clear up some alcohol addiction facts and statistics to our readers.

In 2017, an estimated 29.2 million British adults were reported to drink, a 200,000 rise from 29 million in 2016. What’s more, almost one in ten adults admitted to drinking at least five days a week – totalling almost 5 million.

Only a fifth of adults were said to be teetotal and, while not every person necessarily needs to adopt this approach, the Port of Call team feel it is appropriate to inform on the impact that alcohol can have on your health.

First and foremost, alcoholism is an addiction and for some, life-long abstinence is paramount to a successful recovery. In a recent blog post, we answered the question that has been asked so many times before: can an alcoholic ever drink again?

In reality, those who have been able to quit drinking to then return to moderate drinking may not have been clinical alcoholics in the first place.

Whatever your relationship with drink, Port of Call want to dispel some of the myths and provide important alcohol addiction facts.

The effects of drinking on your health

In a report published last year, doctors advised that almost 63,000 people in England will die over the next five years from liver problems linked to heavy drinking unless the accessibility of cheap alcohol is addressed.

Liver disease is one of Britain’s biggest killers, with around 12,000 annual deaths in England alone – an alarming increase of 400% since 1970.

Of course, alcohol can have a negative impact on a person’s health without leading to casualties. Have you ever woken up with a severe headache the day after a session of heavy drinking? The reason for this is that alcohol shrinks the brain.

There are numerous health issues that excessive drinking can cause. Such as:

  • Stomach ulcers
  • Brain damage
  • Sexual difficulties and loss of libido
  • High blood pressure
  • Cancer of the mouth and throat
  • Liver damage
  • Nervous system irregularities

If the above list isn’t enough to put you off dangerous levels of alcohol, heavy drinking can also shrink a man’s genitals and lower your sperm count. For women, additional side effects include the possibility of becoming less fertile and having irregular periods.

Don’t be fooled if you find yourself coping with the side effects of excessive alcohol consumption over time. An increase in tolerance, although may seem positive at the time, simply means that you need to drink more to reach the same levels.

How to seek help for alcoholism

If the above has worried you, take comfort in the fact that the Port of Call team are on hand to offer support and guidance. There is a lot of inaccurate information about addiction services, we’re only too aware of that. However, this should not result in anyone being put off from seeking the help they need from ethical firms like Port of Call. Our team of dedicated professionals are also in recovery and know what you or a loved one has been through. We are available to talk you through the alcohol addiction facts and to offer advice on how best to address your relationship with alcohol.

One thing we always stress is not to suffer in silence. Look around our website and become educated on alcoholism in general. We would also suggest that you head to our directory to find alcohol rehab close to you. We have many North West addiction recovery clinics listed, as well as treatment centres across the UK.

Accepting that you or a loved one may have an alcohol dependency is often the first and most important step to take. There are numerous ways to receive help for alcohol addiction including counselling, inpatient / outpatient rehab and support groups.

Get in touch with Port of Call on 08000029010 or email us on help@portofcall.com to discuss your options.

The right help at the right time. It’s what we’re all about.

About the author: Alex Molyneux

Alex is our admissions team leader. Over the last 5 years he has spoken with more than 10,000 people via our helpline and has organised over 1,000 detox and rehabilitation placements.

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