Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Are you in control of your drinking?

Black Friday (also know as 'Mad Friday') is nearly upon us! Yes, you heard right. There is another Black Friday. But this one has nothing to do with shopping.

It's been named Black Friday by the emergency services and it's the last friday before Christmas - the most popular day for the office Christmas party. Need we say more!

As we mentioned, this day is when ambulances and emergency services are most in demand and this is largely due to the amount of alcohol consumed and the mishaps, brawls and traffic accidents that result from this.

While many are out for a good night out and in full control of what they consume, government statistics suggest that one in every 13 adults is actually dependent on alcohol in the UK. This is a staggering figure and shows just how important it is to know the signs of alcohol dependency so you can recognise them in yourself and others.

It is not easy to recognise the signs of alcohol dependency, particularly in ourselves. We may convince ourselves we can stop and that we're just out enjoying ourselves like everyone else. However, there are some common signs to look out for in yourself and others.

  • Stealing 
  • Lying and secretive behaviour that is out of character
  • Extreme mood changes 
  • Changes in weight
  • Mixing with different groups, new/unusual friends 
  • Changes to sleep patterns, such as sleeping more / less and at different times 
  • Having lots of cash one minute and none the next 
  • Changes in energy levels

If you recognise these signs in yourself or someone you know and feel you need help, take a look at our information sheet for lots of advice on dealing with alcohol dependency

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