Startling figures from the UK wide charity Drinkaware, show that an estimated 1 in 17 people in Great Britain are alcohol dependant, many of whom are young people. Statistics from the Department of Health report that alcohol dependency in females is highest among 16-24 year olds, and in men among 25-34 year olds.
With this in mind, how does a person become aware of having an addiction to alcohol?
The recommended daily intake of alcohol for females is 2-3 units per day, which is the equivalent of 1.3 x 175ml glasses of wine. Males should have an intake of no more than 3-4 units per day; the equivalent of 1.7 pints of 4% lager.
If you find yourself drinking more than this, then it is worth assessing whether you have an addiction. Some of the symptoms of alcohol dependency include a compulsion to drink, regular binge drinking, personal or work relationships suffering as a consequence of your drinking, developing a tolerance to alcohol and/or withdrawal symptoms, such as nausea, sweating or shaking as a result of a lack of alcohol in the system. An addiction to alcohol can develop innocently from a few too many trips to the pub, and over a long period of time.
If you feel that any of the above symptoms relate to you, then you may want to look into hypnotherapy as a way of dealing with your addiction to alcohol. To find out more about how it could help you, please visit our fact sheet for further information.