There is no doubting the fact that alcohol is a highly addictive substance and that those who abuse it are in danger of developing a devastating addiction. Once addiction takes hold, it may be necessary for an alcohol detox before the individual can begin the recovery process. Recovery from alcohol addiction typically involves rehabilitation and a lifelong commitment to abstinence.

Alcohol Guideline Reduction

The problem with alcohol is the fact that most people do not comprehend that it is a dangerous substance when abused. Early in 2016, the Government announced that it was reducing its recommended weekly alcohol guidelines for men from twenty-one units to fourteen to bring it in line with the recommended amount for women. This news was welcomed by addiction charities and those who have been affected by alcohol abuse. However, not everyone was happy about the warnings that even moderate alcohol consumption could be dangerous.

In fact, Rochdale MP Simon Danczuk is insisting that beer ‘is good for you’. He is hitting back at the new government guidelines and says that there is evidence to suggest that moderate drinking can, in fact, be beneficial to health.

Challenging Advice

Danczuk is challenging the warnings and advice issued by England’s chief medical officer Professor Dame Sally Davies. He said, “There is an overwhelming scientific evidence base that shows the health benefits of moderate drinking – something to which I can attest. Does the minister not agree that the chief medical officer should highlight those benefits more?”

Danczuk had his own issues with alcohol and said that he self-medicated with alcohol when he became depressed while involved with a campaign against child sexual abuse. The information he saw on a daily basis, which he dubbed as ‘sickening’, led to him suffering deep depression and suicidal thoughts. He ended up seeing a psychiatrist.

However, he was suspended by the Labour Party in December 2016 after ‘sexting’ a girl of just seventeen. He has blamed a ‘drink problem’ for the texts. Although he was urged to stop drinking after the event, he admits that he has his inner demons under control and is insisting that alcohol consumption in moderation can have benefits.

Dangers of Alcohol Abuse

Regularly drinking more than the recommended weekly alcohol amount of fourteen units can be dangerous to both mental and physical health. Excessive alcohol consumption has been linked to a host of illnesses including depression, dementia, diabetes, high blood pressure, liver disease, kidney disease, heart problems, and some forms of cancer.

Those who abuse alcohol often drink more than the weekly amount in one session, putting themselves at further risk. As well as the health problems associated with drinking excessive amounts of alcohol, there is a risk of addiction, which carries with it even more problems for the individual and his or her loved ones.

Alcohol addiction is a common problem and can result in problems at home and work. Those who are affected are often unaware of the extent of their problems or may be in denial about how serious their situation actually is. Nevertheless, their addictive behaviour will undoubtedly have consequences for their loved ones. Many violent crimes, such as domestic abuse and child abuse, are carried out by those under the influence of alcohol.

And alcohol-related injuries and illnesses place a huge burden on the National Health Service, which then impacts society as a whole.

How an Alcohol Detox Can Help

For those affected by alcoholism, an alcohol detox is often the starting point on the road to recovery. It is important for those affected by this illness to quit drinking in order to have a clear mind and body before starting rehab.

Alcohol detox, however, can be complicated, so it is a good idea to carry out the process in a supervised facility. That way, should any severe withdrawal symptoms occur, the necessary staff will be on hand to react.

An alcohol detox is a perfect way to prepare for rehabilitation; Addiction Helper can help you to find a suitable provider in your area.

Overcoming Addiction

While most people in the UK drink in moderation, there are some for whom alcohol becomes a negative force in their lives. These individuals need to consider an alcohol detox followed by a programme of rehabilitation. Alcohol detox will deal with the physical side of the addiction, but with rehabilitation, the underlying psychological issues are addressed.

Rehabilitation typically involves counselling and therapy in an inpatient or outpatient setting and is provided by organisations such as the NHS, local support groups, charities and private clinics. To access these services, contact us here at Addiction Helper. We will assess your needs to find the right provider for you. Our service is free and confidential, and our dedicated helpline team are ready to take your call right now.

Source: Rochdale MP Simon Danczuk disputes alcohol guidelines, insisting ‘beer IS good for you’ (Manchester Evening News)