Alcohol-related illnesses and injuries put an immense strain on the health service in the UK with millions spent each year on admissions and treatments. Drinking too much alcohol can have a devastating effect on health as it increases the risk of developing certain conditions such as heart disease, liver disease, diabetes, dementia, obesity, and some cancers.
Alcohol abuse can also lead to accidents on the road or at work. Some people are affected by mental health problems including depression, stress, anxiety, paranoia, and suicidal thoughts. Alcohol also makes certain people aggressive and is a contributing factor in a number of violent crimes like rape, domestic abuse, and assault.
All of the above lead to increased pressure on the National Health Service.
Alcohol charity bosses are now saying that a build-up of long-term health issues caused by excessive drinking is behind the latest increase in alcohol-related hospital admissions. Social drinkers and young people who are drinking a few pints or a bottle of wine every night are developing health problems that are causing a strain on the health service.
In Oxfordshire, there was a 6.5 per cent rise in the number of people admitted to hospital for alcohol-related issues in the 2013-2014 financial year based on figures for the same period in 2012-2013. This increase was greater than the national average.
Figures were also released that revealed Oxford has the third-highest number of hospital admissions for underage drinkers in the South East. Only Southampton and the Isle of Wight had higher numbers.
Long Term Problems
It would be easy to assume that the rise in hospital admissions was down to young binge drinkers being rushed to A & E but according to operations manager of Turning Points Oxfordshire, Andy Symons, the problem is down to the effects of long-term drinking. He said, “We get lots of people drinking more than they should and this has a big impact on their health, their employment, their relationships, and their mental health.”
He said that many people in their forties and fifties have been drinking for a number of years, now suffering as a result.
A spokesperson for Oxfordshire County Council said that schools in the area are offering more education. She said, “The data shows that the difference between Oxfordshire and the national average in terms of under-18s admitted to hospital as a result of alcohol is not statistically significant. However, alcohol addiction is dangerous to health and is linked to risky behaviour so this is an issue the authority takes very seriously.”
She said young people and teens were being encouraged to seek support when required.
Has Alcohol Become A Problem For You?
Many individuals are unaware that they have developed an alcohol problem. The longer a person drinks then the more chance they have of becoming tolerant to the effects. This could mean that they need more and more alcohol to experience the same highs. Before long, they could become dependent on it without even realising.
For some, the idea that they have an alcohol problem is preposterous, and it is only when someone else suggests it that they even consider it.
Signs that you may have a problem include promising yourself that you will quit, but then not going through with that promise; a social life that revolves around drinking; or, realising that you seem to be able to handle alcohol a lot better than you used to. You may also find that you are suffering memory loss when drinking.
Ask For Help
If you are worried that you may have an alcohol problem, contact Addiction Helper today. We can either confirm your fears or put your mind at ease by carrying out a comprehensive assessment. We can then offer advice and support as well as put you in touch with a relevant alcohol rehab treatment provider if required. Call today for more information on how we can help.