About Alcohol Abuse
Alcohol use is considered an accepted part of society, especially in western cultures. It also contributes to high levels of death, disease and injury. Alcohol is, after all, a psychoactive substance that can lead to physical dependency and psychological addiction.
Problematic use of alcohol has no single cause and can often be due to a combination of causes, which may include biological, psychological, lifestyle and genetic factors.
The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) reports that in Australia
1 in 6 drink at levels creating a lifetime risk of an alcohol-related disease or injury
1 in 5 reported being a victim of an alcohol-related incident
1 in 4 have drunk at levels creating risk of harm at least monthly
1 in 3 drug treatment episodes are for alcohol, easily the most problematic drug
Symptoms & Effects of Alcohol
Common symptoms of Alcohol Abuse include:
Making excuses to drink to relax or deal with stress
Forgoing responsibilities and obligations
Denial about the extent of a drinking problem
Aggression and extreme mood swings
Engaging in risky behaviour
High level of attention to having or acquiring alcohol
Alcohol is a central nervous system depressant the short term effect of which can include a lowering of anxiety, increased confidence and an enhanced sense of wellbeing but also impaired memory, motor skills and cognition. Fully developed alcoholism is a progressive condition that continues to get worse and can affect people of any age, race, social status or income level and can cause enormous harm, both to the sufferer and to their loved ones. Drinking alcohol is associated with a risk of developing health problems such as some cancers and cardiovascular diseases, nervous system disorders, liver and pancreas diseases as well as mental and behavioural disorders, including anxiety and depression.
Alcohol Abuse Treatment and Approach
The management of symptoms stemming from alcohol abuse is often a necessary component of treatment. However, the focus of treatment is to free the sufferer from the condition, which means identifying and treating the root causes of alcohol problems. Rather than only focusing on the symptoms of alcohol abuse, we explore the function of drinking in a client’s life. We then help clients to become stronger and to free themselves of their condition. Therapy is non-judgemental and confidential and includes genetic testing for addictive risk, precision addiction management (supplements), psychotherapy, mindfulness, and neurofeedback.
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