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Am I an alcoholic? Drinking through holidays

Updated: 6 days ago

As each holiday rolls around, people are in a mood to celebrate. But could it be possible we are staring down the barrel of substance abuse that is spiralling out of control?

Holiday, parties and events seem like a permission slip to drink more and go 'extra' on all our vices. But sobriety professionals know that an increase in drinking alcohol – even if it's just a tad more than usual – over a sustained period (like the 'silly season') can lead to a hard-to-shift addiction.

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It's a tough question - am I an alcoholic?

The tough question - am an I alcoholic?

In general, if you think you've got a problem with alcohol, you probably do. The questions below are a great place to start – they're compiled by the clinical team at Ocean Hills Detox & Rehab who have lived experience of addiction and recovery and have helped many people into a life of sobriety and recovery.

  1. Do you always end up drinking more than you intend to?

  2. Do you sometimes forget what you did, where you were or who you were with when you were drinking?

  3. Do you regularly regret your actions while you were drinking?

  4. Does drinking adversely affect your finances, relationships or health?

  5. Do you have a pattern of missing work or personal appointments due to your drinking?

  6. Are the important people in your life – loved ones, friends and employers – worried about your drinking?

  7. Are you in a pattern of trying to stop drinking or at least cut down, and failing?

  8. Do you feel annoyed when you can't drink the amount you want to?

  9. Has alcohol stopped giving you a good buzz?

  10. Have you stopped spending time doing other things in your life because of your drinking?

Why Ocean Hills rehab?

Rehab is a sanctuary for those needing help to turn their lives around from substance abuse. A total break from life, people and responsibilities is often crucial to provide space and time away from their addiction, and to get the professional support needed to create a lasting life of sobriety.

At Ocean Hills, we're very proud to have a team of caring, compassionate and qualified clinicians who provide support, education and skills to those seeking their way out of addiction. We've helped many people suffering with substance abuse enter a life of recovery and hope to help many more.

Many people will emerge from holidays of partying, full of remorse and sick and tired of being sick and tired of their addiction. But you can choose to get sober at any time. Why not reach out today and give yourself the gift of sobriety.

If you're looking for support to get sober for yourself or someone you love, give Elaine a call on 027 573 7744 for a confidential chat. Private, premium seaside rehab - fees apply.

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