Alcohol Misuse Support

Alcohol misuse involves the heavy and frequent use of alcohol. In moderation alcohol poses no physical or psychological problems. However, when consumed in large quantities it can lead to serious health problems and addiction. It is also attributed to a massive number of violent, anti-social incidents in the UK each year.

Alcohol Misuse Charities and Organisations

Alcoholics Anonymous UK
The renowned organisation that offers group sessions for people dealing with drinking problems. Individuals are encouraged to discuss and explore their drinking problems in an effort to overcome their problem.

The Drinkaware Trust in an independent charity that aims to help reduce alcohol-related problems and encourage people to make more positive choices about their drinking habits. A great deal of its funding comes from UK alcohol producers, retailers and supermarkets.

Alcohol Misuse Counselling

Alcohol misuse counselling is available for people concerned about the extent of their alcohol consumption. Counselling approaches such as Behavioural therapy and Cognitive Therapy may prove helpful, as they both place strong emphasis on the alteration of negative behaviour patterns.

Definition of Alcohol Misuse

There are a number of key indicators of addictive drinking – the interruption of everyday life, a craving for alcohol, withdrawal symptoms, constant use and an inability to control consumption. Alcoholism is often linked to genetic connections, although other factors such as social influences and increased availability are also key contributors.

Binge drinking is another form of alcohol abuse and is defined by the consumption of over 8 units per drinking session. This phenomenon is becoming increasingly prevalent in the UK, especially amongst teenagers. Below is a selection of alcohol misuse counselling services and advice that may be of some help.

Alcohol Misuse Helplines

Alchoholics Anonymous – 0845 769 7555
Also known as Drinkline, they’re available Monday to Friday, 9.00am to 11.00pm. Operators provide support to people concerned about their drinking habits and offer information and advice.