Problems with alcohol can take a number of forms. At The Edge, to determine whether you need help, we look to what extent drinking is negatively impacting your life, as well as whether you have developed a dependency on alcohol. Alcohol abuse is when drinking harms your job, your relationships, or your health, but you continue to consume it. Dependence on alcohol occurs when your body begins to crave it, and you experience unpleasant physical responses when you try to stop drinking. In both cases, we can assist you in getting back on track.
How Do You Know If It’s a Problem?
Too much alcohol, too frequently, can put you at risk. Experts say that 1 in 4 people who exceed the recommended daily limit of drinks can develop an alcohol use disorder. For men, that’s drinking more than 4 units in one day, or more than a total of 14 in a week. There are a number of signs you can look to in determining if your drinking has become a problem:
- Once you start drinking, you find it difficult to stop until the night is over
- You are using alcohol to cope with a difficult event—like the death of a loved one, a breakup, or the loss of a job or personal opportunity
- You drink to deal with feelings of anxiety
- You experience physical symptoms like shaking, sweating, and an upset stomach, which go away if you have a drink
- You feel the urge to drink often during the day
- Your drinking gets you in trouble—with the law, or in your relationships
- You feel that your drinking is a problem for you
It is best to first talk to your GP about your drinking, so that they can help you assess whether you have developed some degree of dependency on alcohol. If so, it is important to make lifestyle changes, as prolonged alcohol abuse can lead to serious health problems like depression, high blood pressure, heart disease, liver disease, certain cancers, and alcoholism.
What Treatment Is Available
Once it is determined that you need help to address your drinking, there are many options: detox programmes, community outreach, or 12-Step therapy. At The Edge, we explore the root causes of your issues with alcohol—especially if they are linked to struggles with depression, anxiety, trauma, or behavioural disorders. Through a combination of individual and group therapy, as well as high-intensity sports training, you will learn how to change your relationship with alcohol. In a safe and controlled environment far from any triggers, you will be free to address problems linked to your drinking and identify life changes you need to make in order to get healthy. Because The Edge is a residential programme, our highly qualified staff can provide you with the support you need around the clock. Our programme has a 96 percent completion rate.
We understand that you are not the first person whose drinking has gotten out of hand—but we also know that the circumstances that led you to this point are unique to your situation. If you’re concerned that alcohol has unnecessary power in your life—call us today and let us help you get back control.