10 February 2017

Figures Reveal the Growing Need for Alcohol Rehab in Various Parts of the UK

Alcohol is seen by many as a harmless substance because it is legal. However, the effects of alcohol abuse can be devastating, with many individuals going on to developing an alcohol addiction and needing alcohol rehab to quit.

It is hard for many people to comprehend that alcohol is so highly addictive and actually dangerous when abused. Despite the Government warning of the dangers of alcohol abuse, many continue to drink far more than the recommended weekly allowance of the fourteen units that are deemed to be ‘safe’.

Binge-Drinking Culture

In fact, here in the UK, there appears to be a binge-drinking culture in many parts of the country; this is being blamed for a shocking rise in the number of alcohol-related deaths. Figures revealed by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that the number of alcohol-related deaths among women has increased sharply in many parts of the country, although it has dropped in the South East and East of England.The numbers show that the majority of alcohol-related deaths are among men but that levels for women are rising. Conditions such as liver disease, which are common among alcoholics, often result in premature death.

In 2015, the alcohol-related death rate for males was 19.2 per 100,000 people; for women, that rate was 9.7 per 100,000. However, the figure for women was up from 9.6 in 2014 but down for men from 19.4 in 2014.

What is more concerning is that the death rate for females in the North East has risen from 10.6 per 100,000 in 2005 to 14.4 per 100,000 in 2015. Levels in Yorkshire have also increased from 8.4 to 9.7.

There were also rises in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales, but in the South East of England and London, figures were down.

Alcohol-Related Illnesses

Alcohol has been linked to many illnesses that can be life-threatening if left untreated, including liver disease, heart disease, and cancer. Alcohol abuse can also cause various other problems such as chronic depression, anxiety, and alcohol poisoning when large quantities are consumed.

Health problems associated with alcohol can lead to premature death, with the ONS statistics showing that the most likely age range for a person to die because of alcohol in 2015 was between fifty-five and sixty-four; women are most likely to die in their late fifties.

In the ONS report, it was claimed that the variations in regions ‘could be that those in deprived areas are differentially affected by the alcohol they consume’. The report also stated that those living in deprived areas could suffer greater harm even when their levels of alcohol consumption are the same as those living in more affluent areas because they could be affected by other health problems and may not have the same access to health care.

The report stated that ‘those living in the most deprived areas of Wales were more likely to demonstrate harmful binge drinking behaviour than those in the least deprived areas’. And, according to Dr Annie Campbell from the ONS, “The statistics suggest that the prevalence of alcohol-related deaths has remained relatively stable over recent years. However, on a sub-UK level, it is notable that Scotland, the area with the highest numbers of alcohol-related deaths, has also seen the fastest reductions in mortality in recent years.”

Overcoming Alcohol Addiction

For those affected by alcohol addiction, the need for alcohol rehab is vital. It is difficult to quit alcohol by oneself, and most people will struggle to do so without professional help. What is even more important is the fact that alcoholism is a progressive illness, which, if left untreated, will result in devastating consequences for not only the alcoholic but also his or her loved ones.

Here at UKAT, we offer plenty of options for those in need of alcohol rehab. We understand that every individual is different and has different needs in terms of treatment. We can promise you that, if you are a sufferer, we will take your personal situation and circumstances into consideration when devising an alcohol rehab plan for you.

If you have a severe addiction, we will probably recommend that you undergo an alcohol detox before embarking on any alcohol rehab programme. A detox is necessary to break the physical bond with alcohol. Under careful supervision from trained medical professionals, you will be helped to quit alcohol once and for all. You can rest assured that your safety and comfort will be our number one priority.

Once you have completed your detox, you can move on to alcohol rehab, where you will be helped to identify the cause of your illness. We will then work with you to help you develop the necessary skills to avoid alcohol relapse going forward.

If you would like more information on how we can help you overcome an alcohol addiction, contact us here at UKAT today.

Source: Toll of ‘ladette’ binge-drinking is laid bare as figures show alcohol-related death rates for women have SOARED in the North East – but fallen in London (Daily Mail)

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