18 October 2016

How Alcohol Addiction Destroys Lives

Alcohol abuse can cause negative problems for those affected, and it can affect their home and work life. For those with an alcohol addiction, there is the risk that their abuse of this substance could result in them losing everything they hold dear, including family, friends, home, and job.

Those who continue to abuse alcohol despite it causing negative consequences in their lives are often viewed as stupid or weak by those with no experience of this illness. The truth, however, is that people affected by alcohol addiction have no control over their drinking habits. They are unable to stop drinking even if they want to. The only way for them to overcome their problems is to reach out for help before their life spirals out of control completely.


Head teacher Gillian Rew is facing up to the fact that a mistake led to the loss of her high-paying job and also meant her reputation as a teacher is in tatters. The head teacher was away with pupils during a school trip when she drank eight glasses of wine and made inappropriate comments to a number of students.

At a recent tribunal, Rew was given a two-year conditional registration order but was told she could continue to teach. However, she will have to submit blood samples every six months to be tested for alcohol./p>

Inappropriate Behaviour

Rew was so drunk that she told a male pupil that he had a better chest than her husband and touched it. She also pulled herself from the floor by holding on to a pupil’s ankles and then squeezed her breasts while making comments about them.

She admitted to the charges brought against her and to drinking eight glasses of wine during the trip. Documents from the General Teaching Council Scotland revealed that Rew should not be declared unfit to teach due to the personal difficulties she had been facing.

The report stated, “The Panel thought that, given the surrounding circumstances, to which it will return, and the fact that staff, pupils and parents had spoken up for the Respondent, it could treat the Respondent’s behaviour as falling short, if only by a very narrow margin, of the kind of fundamentally incompatible conduct that would have to result in a finding of unfitness to teach.”


Rew admitted to being mortified by how she acted and acknowledged that she had been drinking too much alcohol at the time. She was dealing with hostile colleagues and was working around fourteen hours a day. She also said that she did not believe that any of her students would have been offended by her behaviour and that they would have seen it as joking, adding, “I don’t think they would have been particularly traumatised. I honestly don’t think they were uncomfortable – I think they thought it was a bit of light banter.”

Rew admitted that, at the time, she was in ‘great distress’ and was ‘drinking more alcohol than was good for me’. When asked about her decision to take alcohol on the trip, she said, “I honestly don’t think that I was in a particularly good place to make proper cognitive decisions.”

She has since had alcohol counselling and therapy to deal with her issues and said that she was devastated by her actions. She went on to say, “I hope that there’s no lasting impact in the young people apart from the adverse publicity for the school.”

At her hearing, she admitted that her behaviour had ruined her career and said, “My days of leading a school are gone. The most I would hope would be to retain my teaching registration.”

The Dangers of Alcohol Abuse

Self-medicating with alcohol can lead to many problems both with health and life circumstances. Those who drink more than the recommended weekly allowance of fourteen units are in danger of developing an alcohol addiction that could threaten to destroy their lives.

Alcohol is a mood-altering substance that often leads to poor judgement and decision-making, which can result in devastating consequences. The case of Gillian Rew is a perfect example of how actions while under the influence of alcohol can completely destroy one’s life.

Unfortunately, many people do ‘treat’ their issues with alcohol because they believe it helps them to relax and unwind and ultimately feel better. However, those who drink alcohol to make them feel better about certain situations will only achieve temporary relief. If they continue to drink more than they should, they could be in danger of building up a tolerance to it, which could lead to an addiction that can only be overcome with professional help.

Once alcohol addiction develops, the individual will likely need a programme of detox followed by rehabilitation and will need to practice abstinence for the rest of his/her lives.

Source: Drunk headteacher who held crisps in breasts and told pupil he was ‘too sexy’ AVOIDS being struck off (Mirror.co.uk)

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