Data from the Office for National Statistics (06) supports such findings in so much as in a survey it found that men drink an average of 18.7 units a week, compared with 9.0 units for women. Adults in households classified as ‘managerial and professional’ drank more alcohol than ‘routine and manual’ households – 15.1 units compared with 11.6 units as a weekly average. Furthermore, around a fifth (19 per cent) of people in managerial and professional households had an alcoholic drink on five or more days in the week before interview. In routine and manual households this was much lower at 11 per cent. Among men in households with a gross weekly income of over £1,000, 83% had had a drink in the previous week, and 51% had drunk more than four units on at least one day. But among men in households with an income of £200 or less, only 61% had had a drink and only 32% had drunk more than four units on any one day. The same pattern was found in women. Among those in large employer/managerial households 19% had drunk heavily on at least one day in the previous week, compared with 11% from "routine" households.
Heavy drinking (exceeding eight units for men and six for women) was most common in the 16-24 and 25-44 age groups (27 and 23 per cent respectively). However, adults aged 45 and over were more than twice as likely to drink on every day of the week before interview than those aged under 45.
So what does all of this mean? – Alcoholism is a big problem; it is not getting better and that clearly there is something occurring for men in their relationship with alcohol that is not occurring for women.
So what can you do? – seek out an alcohol addiction treatment programme.
Among the most important steps you may take towards recovering from alcohol addiction is by realising you have a problem and dealing with it. To identify your problem, simply ask yourself the following questions. Are you drinking every day? Can you no longer control your drinking habits? Do you constantly promise yourself to break this cycle but find yourself failing every time? Have you been caught driving under the influence of alcohol or have you been suffering financially due to this addiction? Are your relationships suffering, or are you unable to think of anything other than drinking - or recovering from the last drink you had? If any of these characteristics fit you, you should seek help. These are all signs of alcoholism, and if left untreated, could cause major health issues such as liver disease and mental disorders such as depression.
Our alcohol addiction rehabilitation programme focuses on complete holistic care, where we help you recognise the underlying behavioural mechanisms of your addiction to alcohol, including looking at gender issues associated with alcohol use, and supporting you to put coping strategies in place to deal with these without the need to resort to alcohol. If you are physically addicted to alcohol we can also support you through our medically assisted alcohol Detox.