Thinking about reducing your drinking? This website contains a lot of information about drinking and alcohol, but if you are thinking seriously about:
then the free book “How to Enjoy Life without Alcohol” provided on this website will help.
If you wish to speak to someone in confidence, call 0845 370 0203 now for immediate advice and support.
by Dr Bruce Trathen MBBS MRC Psych, Consultant Addiction Psychiatrist. Download your FREE copy now.
If you are consuming alcohol to excess and you do not stop drinking, then you place yourself at risk of developing liver disease, brain damage, heart attacks, high blood pressure, stomach cancer, nerve damage and a whole host of other physical illnesses. Equally, failure to stop drinking to excess can result in relationship problems, work problems and legal problems.
Need to talk to someone about giving up drink?
Call 0845 370 0203 now for immediate advice.
Have a go at our online drinking assessment to discover whether you are drinking too much, and if you may be physically addicted to alcohol.
Firstly you must want to stop drinking. No-one can help if you do not actually want to stop, and there are no legal measures that can be taken to force someone to stop drinking. There are various treatments available to help people to stop drinking. The most important of these is the psychological counseling help available. However, there are also important medical treatments available to help you to stop drinking in the first place, and then to help you to stop drinking in the longer term. Medicated alcohol detox is essential to help you to stop drinking in the first place if you have become physically addicted to alcohol. Infact it is dangerous and potentially life threatening to stop drinking suddenly without detox if you have become physically addicted to alcohol. There are various medicines available to help you to stop drinking in the longer term including disulfiram (Antabuse), acamprosate (Campral), naltrexone and topiramate.
A period of residential rehabilitation is probably the most effective way to learn the skills to stop drinking and stay stopped. This involves a period of weeks or months living with others who are learning how to stop drinking for good. It is an intensive form of treatment, but has excellent outcomes for those who are truly committed to stop drinking.