Despite the fact that the legal age for alcohol consumption in the UK is eighteen, there are more youngsters than ever before experimenting with this substance. Many people assume that because alcohol is legal, it is not harmful; however, this could not be further from the truth as alcohol has been linked to a host of illnesses, some potentially life-threatening, such as cancer.
Back in the day, alcohol was often thought of as a drink for men to enjoy, but now it is a substance that is regularly abused by both male and females. Young women, in particular, have been found to partake in binge drinking more often than ever before, which is causing widespread concern among experts who fear our younger generations are headed toward alcohol addictions. It is a problem that seems to be afflicting countries across the world, though; one woman who knows the consequences of drinking alcohol from a young age is Rebecca Weller from Australia.
Thirty-nine-year-old Rebecca from Perth suffered alcohol addiction for many years, but now that she has overcome her illness, she wants to encourage other women to lead a sober life. She admitted that she first started drinking alcohol at the age of fifteen and would drink nearly every day of the week. She said, “I wouldn’t want the party to end, so I just kept drinking, even after my friends had stopped.”
Rebecca appeared on Australian TV programme Sunday Night where she discussed her alcohol addiction that reached its peak between her 20s and 30s. She explained, “I started to hide alcohol, and I’d be really sneaky with it. I was constantly watching other people’s glasses to make sure no one had any more alcohol than I did. It became this monster inside me.”
Once Rebecca met her partner Dominic, things began to change. “I knew it was a destructive relationship versus a real-life relationship, and so I decided to stop drinking for 100 days,” she added. She had admitted that it was challenging in the beginning, but soon it became much easier, and she continued to avoid alcohol after the 100 days. Sexy Sobriety is the name of Rebecca’s new online coaching programme that supports other women battling alcohol addiction.
Recent figures from research carried out by the University of New South Wales highlight the fact that the fastest growing problem drinker demographic in Australia is young females; in some cases, these young women are on par with men in regards to volume of alcohol consumed. Professor Tanya Chikrizhs of the National Drug Research Institute said, “Physiologically, women’s bodies have a harder time dealing with alcohol than men.”
The show that Rebecca featured on also told the story of four young girls who were on a booze-filled night out. They visited four different clubs and mixed spirits, shots and cocktails all night; they said that this was just a standard night out for them. “I don’t worry about what it’s [drinking] doing to me as we’re so young,” said Claire McCallum, one of the girls in the programme.
One of the other girls on the show, Madison Brown, said, “I can handle my alcohol much better than my friends… I can out-drink my father and my brother.” Rebecca urged the young girls to ditch the alcohol while they still can, and said, “Try something different, we know what it’s like to drink – so try something else.”
While this programme featured girls from Australia, the problems here in the UK are similar, with many young British females regularly heading out just to get drunk. Shows such as Geordie Shore revolve around the antics of a group of twenty-somethings who go out drinking copious amounts of alcohol every night.
Drinking alcohol from a young age like the girls in Sunday Night and Geordie Shore can lead to detrimental consequences for the individual in later life. As alcohol can physically change the way the brain functions, drinking from a young age will mean that the brain will not fully develop.
Regular alcohol abuse can also result in many health complications that could potentially be life-threatening. The more the alcohol is abused, the higher the risk of developing an alcohol-related issue such as liver disease, heart disease, or cancer. The immediate side effects of alcohol can be far-reaching if consumed in large quantities as the individual can become disorientated, nauseous and even experience hallucinations and vomiting; this can be extremely dangerous, especially in younger people.
Those suffering from an alcohol addiction may find it difficult to seek help as they might not know where to look or could even be in denial about their problem. It is essential that anyone who believes that he or she may be suffering from an alcohol addiction seek support. At UKAT, we can ensure that you receive the assistance you need to overcome your alcohol addiction.
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Source: ‘I spent my 20s and 30s drunk; it was this monster inside me’: Woman who quit for good after managing 100 days without booze encourages young women to try sobriety (Daily Mail)
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