Rather than being an indication of weakness, alcoholism is a chronic illness that can strike at any stage of life and doesn’t discriminate in terms of race, income or social status.
What’s more, it’s a progressive disease affecting brain chemistry and thoughts, behaviour and feelings. The urge to drink is so powerful that, without help, it cannot be controlled.
Other elements of the sufferer’s life are affected, as well, from finances to personal relationships and career prospects.
And the range of potential mental and physical health problems that can result from alcohol addiction is staggering, and, for Ireland, the statistics are stark.
Alcohol Action Ireland says there are some 1.35 million harmful drinkers in the country, while just over 20% of drinkers binge drink at least weekly. More than 50% (54%) of drinkers aged 18 to 75 were classed as harmful drinkers.
According to the World Health Organisation, Ireland has the world’s second-highest numbers of binge drinkers. Some three-quarters of alcohol consumed in the country was drunk as part of binge drinking activity.
So it’s fairly clear that, as a nation, Ireland has something of an alcoholism problem and it’s not alone.
For most people whose drinking is problematic, stopping without professional help is almost impossible. The good news is that help is at hand.
At the One Step Clinic, we offer affordable solutions to alcohol problems, as well as a number of other addictive disorders.
We provide professional, high-quality and up-to-date care within an environment that minimises the chances of a relapse once treatment has finished – we’ll work with you to beat your addiction for good. What’s more, we’ll never judge you.
The important thing once you’ve realised that either you, or someone close to you, has an alcohol-related problem is to seek support immediately. So get help today – call us or request a call back from us, and get an initial assessment booked.
Your programme will be tailored to suit your particular needs and you can use our services as an outpatient.
Get the specialist care needed for lasting recovery. Contact us today