Definition of alcohol misuse - Alcohol misuse involves the heavy and frequent use of alcohol. In moderation alcohol poses no physical or psychological problems. However, when consumed in large quantities it can lead to serious health problems and addiction. It is also attributed to a host of violent, anti-social incidents in the UK each year.
There are a number of key indicators of addictive drinking; the interruption of everyday life, a craving for alcohol, withdrawal symptoms, constant use and an inability to control consumption. Alcoholism is often linked to genetic connections, although other factors such as social influences and increased availability are also key contributors.
Binge drinking is another form of alcohol abuse and is defined by the consumption of over 8 units per drinking session. This phenomenon is becoming increasingly prevalent in the UK, especially amongst teenagers. Below is a selection of alcohol misuse counselling services and alcohol misuse advice that may be of some help.
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Alcohol Misuse help-lines
National Alcohol Helpline - 0800 917 8282
Also known as Drink-line, they're available Monday to Friday, 9.00am to 11.00pm. Operators provide support to people concerned about their drinking habits and offer information and alcohol misuse advice.
Alcohol Misuse advice
Alcoholics Anonymous UK
The internationally renowned organisation that offers group sessions for people dealing with drinking problems. Individuals are encouraged to discuss and explore their drinking problems in an effort to overcome their problem.