Addaction highlights warning signs which point to harmful drinking

PUBLISHED: 07:33 21 August 2018 | UPDATED: 07:45 21 August 2018

Dr Nick Cooper from the For All Healthy Living Centre.

Dr Nick Cooper from the For All Healthy Living Centre.

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Research shows one of the main reasons people do not get help is fear of being judged.

Addaction North Somerset has launched a campaign to raise awareness of harmful drinking, after figures revealed a third of men over 65 in the area drink more than the daily recommended amount.

More: Third of North Somersert men over 65 drink more than recommended daily limits.

The charity is encouraging people to offer support to loved ones who may be struggling with alcohol.

Addaction says there are a number of signs which could indicate someone is drinking too much which include their appearance or home becoming more unkempt, if someone is showing a lack of interest in activities they have previously enjoyed or isolating themselves.

More falls and injuries and increasing memory problems are also indicators.

Dr Nicholas Cooper from the For All Healthy Living Centre said: “There’s plenty of research suggesting we commonly underestimate how much alcohol we get through on a daily or weekly basis and, while we’re all aware of the risks to our health of excess drinking, it can be difficult to admit to ourselves,

let alone someone else, that we may be drinking more than is good for us, or indeed that we might find it hard to cut down or stop.

“There are many reasons why it can seem difficult to acknowledge when drinking is becoming problematic.

“It might be because we fear being judged, or because we’re worried about other people finding out.

“Sometimes it’s difficult to know who would be the best person to turn to for help or advice.

“Research shows stigma and shame create significant barriers to people asking for help when it comes to alcohol.

“However, many of us will know someone who has been affected by alcohol misuse, so it is clearly more common that we might like to think and help is readily available to those who need it.”

More: Former soldier praises Addaction for helping him to transform his life.

Addaction said guiding people to access help will increase the likelihood of them doing it.

Anyone concerned about alcohol use can access the webchat facility on www.addaction.org.uk or call 01934 427940.

How can you help someone?

When you talk to them about the issue, avoid being confrontational.

Do not bring it up in front of other people or when they’re under the influence.

Offer love, encouragement and practical support.

Offer to visit a GP or health professional with them?

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