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Alcohol

Private Alcohol Rehab

Many executives and business professionals benefit from private residential alcohol rehab treatment, where they receive fast admission to an intensive, time-efficient rehab programme, run by an experienced medical team.

Alcohol

Alcohol relaxes the mind and many people have a drink or two when they get home in order to unwind from the pressures of work.  Alcohol is considered an essential social lubricant and it’s hard to imagine a social gathering without it.

But the liver can only process about 8 grammes of alcohol (equivalent to one unit, or glass of wine or spirits) every hour. As soon as this limit is exceeded the body gets intoxicated and, if the drinking is sustained, negative health effects will follow. The best known of these is liver disease, or cirrhosis, but there are a host of other alcohol-induced diseases including pancreatitis, hypertension, osteoporisis and Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome (brain damage).

Alcohol Abuse

Alcohol abuse is when a person drinks heavily, every day, and is unable to control their “compulsive” consumption - despite the negative consequences on their work, health, studies or personal life. Another feature of alcohol abuse is when people put themselves and other people in danger by drink driving, for example, or getting into trouble with the law due to their behaviour when under the influence of alcohol.  For a more technical/medical description of alcohol abuse click here: DSM-IV Criteria.

Am I Addicted to Alcohol?

It can be difficult for many people to tell the difference between heavy, or binge, drinking and alcoholism - particularly in the drinking culture that surrounds the modern work place.

The definition of alcoholism, or compulsive drinking, is that the person can no longer control his or her alcohol consumption.  In other words, he or she can no longer control their drinking - the drink controls them.

Alcohol Addiction Help

Alcoholism can be treated by an intensive rehab programme of abstinence, ideally backed up by comprehensive therapy, and healthy living in a residential context away from the usual temptations.  But many alcoholics and addicts spend years denying they are addicts and this is one of the main barriers to treatment.

Alcohol at Work

In western culture alcohol is very much part of the working environment. Many business meetings, especially the informal ones, take place in bars and other places where alcohol is freely available. It is socially acceptable to get drunk after work, and while most people can handle this it can lead to disaster for others.

For alcoholics in recovery it is vital that they learn the skills needed to avoid the “watering holes” and familiar locations where heavy drinking takes place on a routine basis.

Alcohol Help and Advice

The Executive Rehab Guide is published by Castle Craig alcohol and drug addiction clinic. For information about private alcohol rehab call Castle Craig's confidential, free 24 hour helpline: 0800 0322 880. From outside the UK, call +44 1721 722 763 or visit the Castle Craig rehab clinic website.