Alcohol can be used or consumed safely, without a negative impact on an individual’s health.

However, alcohol and addictive drugs can also be misused in a variety of ways, and they can also lead to dependency or addiction.

Examples of alcohol misuse include binge drinking, or regularly exceeding recommended daily guidelines. People who misuse alcohol occasionally do not need inpatient treatment in a rehab facility, but they may want to talk to their doctor about the risks associated with occasional alcohol misuse.

Some people will however misuse alcohol on a regular and long-term basis. This can easily create an alcohol dependency. They might find they need a drink every day, and they might find that the amount of alcohol they consume on a daily basis is increasing.

After attempts to cut back or stop the drinking fail, this would be the right time to seek a consultation with a doctor. For some people, this is the time to seek help from a rehab centre, or instead to begin some outpatient therapy, or to begin attending meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous in their community.

When attempts to cut back or quit have failed in outpatient treatment, then inpatient treatment in a residential rehab centre is advisable. People can ask their doctor to refer them to a rehab centre, or they can refer themselves simply by contacting Castle Craig.

If you feel you have an addiction, you can speak with one of our consultants who will advise whether you require in-patient rehab treatment.

Page published: August 7, 2019. Page last reviewed and clinically fact-checked September 9, 2021