When is alcohol a problem?
Of an estimated 586,780 dependent drinkers only 18% are receiving treatment
Reviewed by our drug and alcohol lead Matthew Molyneux
Alcohol is consumed in a variety of situations and for varied reasons, this can be to socialise, unwind at the end of the day or having a few drinks at lunch. This can gravitate to what is described as alcohol use disorder without being aware that it has become problematic. Alcohol Use Disorder is a condition in which a person drinks alcohol, even though it has a negative impact on their life. This could be from mild to severe and could start as drinking more to maintain the same effect, noticing that you are looking forward to a drink prior to actually consuming, needing a drink before socialising, drinking noticeably more than others, behaving in ways which sober, you wouldn’t to physically needing a drink of alcohol to steady yourself the next day.
If you are concerned about the amount of alcohol you drink, the way you drink alcohol or are concerned about another person’s alcohol use, please read on.
Are You Continuing to drink despite negative consequences?