Increasing number of North Somerset professionals seeking help for harmful drinking

PUBLISHED: 07:00 08 August 2018

Addaction runs support groups to help people cut down on their alcohol consumption.

Addaction runs support groups to help people cut down on their alcohol consumption.

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A drug and alcohol charity has reported a rise in the number of professionals seeking help for harmful drinking.

Adrian Riley.Adrian Riley.

Addaction North Somerset has launched a campaign to raise awareness of the issue and highlight the support available for people who need help breaking the habit.

Addaction wants to encourage more people to seek help after figures revealed almost a third of men in North Somerset drink more than the recommended daily allowance.

Adrian Riley, a team leader at Addaction North Somerset, has been working as a counsellor and trainer for the past 18 years. He said: “Over that time the people I have seen coming through our doors for help with their alcohol problem has changed.

“We now see far more professionals than we used to, this trend is one that is familiar across the UK, where drinking patterns have also changed.

“Recent research showed 77 per cent of the highest earners report drinking in the past week, compared to less than 45 per cent of the lowest earners.

“It’s clear the modern demands of a career, stress and the increasing pressures on cutting professional services, have meant more people are turning to alcohol to unwind.

“We have also seen an increasing number of older clients coming in to make changes around their alcohol use.

“Last year, the over 50s divorce rate increased the most, leaving some to use alcohol to cope with break-ups. Here at Addaction, we offer tailored support to each person who visits us whether you are a doctor, lawyer, unemployed or a homemaker.”

The charity is keen to debunk a number of myths associated with alcohol:

n Alcohol is not good for stress – drinking in moderation may help you relax or feel more sociable. However, daily drinking, can become a habit and have harmful long-term effects.

n Alcohol does not help you sleep – even a couple of drinks can interfere with the normal sleep process.

n Alcohol does not keep you warm – alcohol makes blood rise to the surface, which your brain interprets as heat. This means you might not feel cold and it can put you at risk of hypothermia.

For support, visit www.addaction.org.uk or call 01934 427940.

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