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  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Alcoholism or Problem Drinking?

    Consumption of alcohol is an activity that can lead to problems - theories why some people drink to a degree which is detrimental to their well-being -be it physical, social mental or economic can be disputed.
    There is a difference between alcoholism & problem drinking. Problem drinking has been defined as: abnormal (usually excessive) drinking that leads to disturbance in social function and/or deterioration in health. Those affected can be individuals, family members & society as a whole.

    When is drinking harmful ? General guidelines state that for men, drinking more than 3 or 4 units ( 2 large (250ml) glasses of wine) & for women, drinking more than 2 or 3 units of alcohol a day is more likely to cause harm. The risk of harm increase as consumption increases.

    Alcohol can cause problems of the following nature:
    Physically (brain damage, liver damage, gastritis, heart problems, impotence & accidents)
    Psychological (depression, anxiety, aggression & withdrawal states)
    Social (problems at work, family disruption, financial difficulties, drunken driving

    Check out TheSite article on Alcohol & Mental Health and www.downyourdrink.org.uk which features a free online programme that tells you what you need to know to develop safer drinking habits.
    Also Alcohol Concern which contains factsheets on the effects of living with a problem drinking parent - it also provides information about alcohol services for young people.:thumb:
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    The Murt wrote:

    When is drinking harmful ? General guidelines state that for men, drinking more than 3 or 4 units ( 2 large (250ml) glasses of wine) & for women, drinking more than 2 or 3 units of alcohol a day is more likely to cause harm.

    .:thumb:
    those general guidlines ...who the hell came up with them ...and when?
    if people believed that and behaved accordingly ...it would be the lowest alcohol consumption since consumpting alcohol started!
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