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How to stop drinking and find alcohol support

Among the most frequent questions we hear from people seeking alcoholism help is “how do I stop drinking?” and “where can I find alcohol support?” Port of Call has the answers to both, as our latest blog explains.

If you have taken our alcoholism test and are concerned about your drinking levels. Or if you’re generally just worried that your alcohol intake is out of control, you might be wondering how to stop drinking. You might also be pondering where to find alcohol support. Here at Port of Call, we’d like to help you answer both.

How to stop drinking and alcohol withdrawal symptoms

Let’s deal with the immediate problem at hand; how to stop drinking. First and foremost, if you have a serious problem with alcohol, you should not attempt to ‘go cold turkey’ and cut out alcohol completely without the care and supervision of a medical professional. Sudden withdrawal from alcohol can have serious, sometime life threatening, repercussions for your health.

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That’s why a safe, gradual detox under clinical supervision is the recommended course of action when seeking help with alcoholism. Physical alcohol withdrawal symptoms can include trembling hands, sweating, headache, nausea and vomiting to name but a few. While more severe physical side effects can include convulsions, confusion, fever and hallucinations.

It’s not just the physical effects of alcohol that are problematic. “Psychological symptoms are very common, and not just if you’re a really heavy drinker,” says Dr Sarah Jarvis, from Drinkaware’s Medical Advisory Panel, on the Drinkaware website.

“You can have short term problems even with relatively low levels of alcohol consumption if you’ve become used to drinking really regularly”. Psychological symptoms can include difficulty sleeping, irritability, feeling tired, poor concentration and feeling shaky.

The bottom line is this; if you experience any withdrawal symptoms, you should consult addiction treatment professionals immediately.

How to access alcohol rehab

There are a bewildering number of rehab options available, which can make it difficult to make a choice. Port of Call can take away all the hassle, confusion and doubts about how and where to access alcohol rehab. Our user-friendly alcohol rehab directory gives you a quick and convenient idea of private alcohol rehab centres in your area and further afield.

However, chances are you’d prefer to speak to a friendly voice; someone who truly knows what you’re going through and can explain your treatment options, as well as make them a reality. Our team is made up of people in recovery and professionals who are trained in addictions counselling. Let them put your mind at rest and find your alcohol rehab today.

We urge you not to suffer in silence and reach out to someone who’s been there and can help. Call our free phone line on 08000029010 or email help@portofcall.com for specialised alcohol support.

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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