Having a beer or a glass of wine while out to dinner or socializing with friends is a common way that many relax and unwind. But when alcohol consumption becomes too frequent, or the amount consumed increases, it can be dangerous territory.
According to DSM-IV Criteria, an individual’s drinking habits have moved from responsible and within recommended limits over to ‘alcohol abuse’ when they:
- Drink heavily despite negative consequences on their work, studies or personal life
- Drive drunk or participate in other activities that put themselves or others in danger
- Break or get into trouble with the law due to their alcohol abuse
- Stop activities because of hangovers or pre-occupation with drinking
Alcohol Abuse Health Impacts
Alcohol abuse is extremely taxing on the body and has many damaging health consequences as well, including:
- Chronic Liver Disease
- Memory Blackouts
- Brain Damage
- Foetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS)
If you think you may be abusing alcohol, it isn’t too late to get help.
Castle Craig’s proven treatment model for a life free from alcohol addiction is made up of evidence-based therapies for the treatment of addiction. Our programme includes:
- Medical assessments
- 12 Step facilitation
- Individual therapy
- Group therapy
- Cognitive behavioural therapy
- Family therapy
- Complementary therapies that have been proven effective for patients with substance misuse disorders
Life is too short to live with the crutch of alcohol abuse. There is a way out.
Page last reviewed and medically fact-checked | January 29, 2020