Alcohol abuse differs from alcoholism in that it does not include extremely strong cravings for alcohol, loss of control or physical dependence and will include a growing tolerance and the need for increasing amounts to get ‘high’.
- Alcohol abuse is usually accompanied by one or more of:
- Failure to fulfil major work, school or home responsibilities
- Drinking in situations which could be physically dangerous – driving or operating machinery
- Legal problems – being arrested for being drunk in public/driving/fighting/aggression
- Relationship problems
While alcohol abuse is basically different from alcoholism, it is important to note that many effects of alcohol abuse are also experienced by alcoholics.
Bingle drinking is defined as:
- Drinking, in one session, more than 5 drinks for a man and 4 for a woman
- Drinking with the intention to get drunk
- It is a common drinking problem amongst people aged under 25yrs
Alcohol abuse becomes alcohol dependence when drinkers begin to:
- Experience a craving for alcohol
- Loss of control of their drinking
- Withdrawal symptoms when they are not drinking
- Increased tolerance to alcohol so that they have to drink more to achieve the same effect
Alcohol dependence is a chronic and often progressive disease that includes a strong need to drink despite repeated problems.
If you suspect that you, or someone you know may need alcohol addiction treatment, you've probably witnessed a very gradual decline in both quality of life and a sense of well being.
If you or someone you know needs more information or help, come to the Portland Centre, where you will find genuine support to sustain you whilst you regain control of your life.
This is how we can help you
- A Portland Centre staff member will listen to your problem and discuss your options
- We will seek specialist advice
- If you need extra support, we will accompany you to meetings and appointments
- We will continue to support you throughout the journey to regain control of your life
Just call us on 01305 824333 or e-mail us using our contact form or pop in to see a Portland Centre staff member to receive immediate assistance.