Alcohol addiction is thought to affect nearly 15% of the UK’s population and more than nine million of us regularly drink more than the recommended daily limit. With twice as many people in Britain addicted to alcohol than any other drugs, alcohol consumption is raising serious concerns but just how bad has the problem become?
Despite a growing number of women drinking damaging quantities of alcohol on a regular basis, men are still more likely to drink (68% versus 54%). The beverage of choice between the genders does still vary quite significantly however. Wine is the most popular drink amongst women and this is followed by spirits, beer, strong beer, alcopops and then fortified wine. Men favour beer the most and then strong beer, wine, spirits, alcopops and then fortified wine.
Unsurprisingly, the weekend is when we consume the most alcohol. 29% of us will drink on a Saturday, 23% on a Sunday, 20% on a Wednesday, 14% on Fridays, 9% will drink on a Monday and Tuesday and 6% on a Thursday.
The top three areas with the highest percentage of drinkers are the South West, South East and the North West. Coming in at the bottom of the list with the lowest percentage of drinkers is London, Scotland and Wales.
Aside from affecting our everyday performance, excessive alcohol consumption can have long-term effects on our health as well. Just a few alcohol-related diseases include depression, cancer, dementia, cardiovascular disease, pancreatitis, cirrhosis and gout.
The symptoms of alcoholism may include agitation, becoming withdrawn from activities and relationships, bleeding from the gums or nose, fatigue, mood swings, weight loss, jaundice and numbness, tingling or pain in the arms or legs.
If you think that you or someone you know may have a problem with alcohol, please feel free to visit our Alcohol Addiction Treatment and Rehabilitation page for more information about the signs, symptoms and treatments that we offer. You can also contact us today for help.