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Alcoholism 2018-06-01T13:24:50+00:00

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Alcoholism

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Alcoholism is the excessive and repeated use of alcohol in a compulsive and addictive way. According to some experts, the electrical brain­waves in people suffering from alcoholism are different from those who are non-­alcoholics, meaning that alcoholism is a physical as well as a psychological disease.

To be diagnosed as an alcohol dependent person, three of the following criterion need to be fulfilled:

  • High level of tolerance drinking more to obtain the same effect;
  • Use and abuse of alcohol for longer and with larger quantities than planned;
  • Withdrawal symptoms when trying to quit;
  • Unsuccessful attempts at reducing use;
  • Most of the time is spent drinking, procuring drink or recovering from heavy use;
  • Relationship and human bonds are sacrificed in favor of drinking;
  • Alcohol abuse continues, despite realising that it is harmful for the body.

There are nine million problem drinkers in the UK, and 7% of our adult population have alcohol dependence. Around 33,000 die each year because of alcoholism, and many more suffer health problems such as liver disease, pancreatitis, diabetes and heart problems.

Recommended safe limits of alcohol

  • Men should drink no more than 21 units per week, and 4 units in any one day.
  • Women should drink no more than 14 units per week, and 3 units in any one day.

What’s a unit?

  • Half a pint of ordinary beer, lager or cider
  • A small pub measure of spirits
  • 2/3 of a glass of wine

How do you work out your units?

  • 2 small glasses of wine = 3 units, the daily limit for women
  • 2 pints of beer = 4 units, the daily limit for men
  • 1 bottle of wine = 9 units, so a maximum of 1 ½ bottles per week for women and 2 ½ bottles per week for men
  • 1 litre of strong beer = 6 units, so the maximum for women  is 2 litres per week, for men, 3 ½ litres per week

If you think you have a problem with your drinking, talk to an addiction professional. The longer you put it off the worse it will get.

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