Alcohol is a legal, sedative drug that changes our emotional state once consumed. Many people drink in moderation, but some misuse alcohol resulting in alcohol dependency also known as problem drinking and alcoholism. In Dublin 15, alcohol misuse is one of the main drug problems for both adults and people under 18 years of age with binge drinking to excess a common occurrence among males and females.
The terms Alcohol Misuse and Alcohol Abuse are used to indicate a pattern of drinking which is causing problems and, if the drinker continues with this type of alcohol consumption, they are deemed as abusing/ misusing alcohol. It can be helpful to keep a diary of when and how much alcohol is consumed. Even noting how much is spent in alcohol can be another useful tool to keep track of what is actually consumed:
According to Drugs.ie, 50% of drink problems occur to people who are not addicted. Many falls, rows, missing work, excessive drinking, and necessarily addiction cause headaches and other alcohol-related problems. If we want to prevent alcohol-related harm we must pay attention to these problems, and try to prevent them. We cannot focus only on addiction.
The Drugs and Alcohol Monitioring Systems (DATMS 2016) report on Drug and Alcohol misuse in the Dublin 15 confirmed that alcohol was the most commonly used drug and that binge drinking to excess was a common occurrence among both males and females. This report also revealed that alcohol was reported to be an integral part of polydrug use - a typical drug taking session that begins with alcohol and is then accompanied by other drugs. Regardless of age, this research learned that participants have a consistent trend for binge drinking to excess at the weekend - especially among adults who are not being treated for drug use.
Alcohol use is a serious risk to children and young people’s health and well-being, due largely to the fact that they are more vulnerable to the effects of alcohol than adults as their bodies and brains are still developing. A number of Dublin 15 service providers reported that some parents or guardians were tolerant of underage drinking, by supplying alcohol or allowing its consumption in the family home. It is important to remember how this behavior influences the use of alcohol and drugs by young people.
The DATMS research in Dublin 15 proves that family life can be negatively impacted by problematic drug and/or alcohol use by parents or siblings. This has a negative influence on children’s psychological well-being and development and on a parents’ capacity for effective parenting. This can lead to an unstable home environment, children can be neglected or may witness drug or alcohol related violence. Children’s education was often compromised with poor school attendance that can result in early school leaving. There are cases where children have been moved to state care or being raised by other family members.
Not sure if alcohol is a problem? If the answer is yes to any of these then it might be worth having a chat to an alcohol counseling service available in Dublin 15 alternatively you can speak with your GP about this: