Alcohol abuse is the recurring overuse of alcohol. Despite negative consequences, a pattern of non-stop or binge drinking can result in harm to an individual’s physical health, relationships and ability to work.
Alcohol addiction or dependency is believed to be the result of a combination of genetic, psychological, environmental and social factors including:
Dealing with any addiction begins with admitting that you have a problem. Only when you admit this both to yourself and to others can treatment have any chance of success.
If you drink more than you should, but don’t consider yourself an alcoholic — there are steps you can take to try and moderate your alcohol use including:
But if none of this helps and you realise you have a serious alcohol problem, you will need to undergo a course of treatment and rehabilitation to rid yourself of your addiction.
Treatment for alcohol addiction often involves a combination of several different therapies including talk therapy (with a counsellor or psychologist), group therapy and drug therapy (to assist with withdrawals).