The latest survey which has been carried out by You Gov has revealed that 12% of Brits find that they can’t stop drinking once they start. Even more worrying is that some people found that this is happening on a weekly or even daily basis.
The survey also revealed that alcohol use was most prolific amongst young people with over a third of 18-24 year-olds consuming alcohol to a harmful extent and 5% drinking to problematic levels.
Alcohol awareness charity, Drinkaware said that finding it difficult to stop drinking may be a sign of dependency. This may be teamed up with feeling the need to drink when you wake up in the morning, worrying about where your next drink may come from or planning social or family events around alcohol.
A liver specialist from Southampton University, Dr Nick Sheron commented:
“People tend to think of alcohol dependency as black or white. They think they know what it looks like but everybody who is drinking on a regular basis, reasonably heavily, will have a degree of alcohol dependence.
That might be manifested as the idea that you can’t consider going out and having a good night without having a few drinks. Or, you have people who can have a few drinks and then they can’t stop drinking. We see people around us doing this all the time but we don’t think of them as being dependent on alcohol.”
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