Shocking figures highlight prevalence of Scotland's alcohol related addiction problems

According to recent research carried out on behalf of the Priory Group, a third of people in Scotland questioned did not know the number of units the Government recommends as ‘safe’ and  when advised of a safe number of units 16% of Scottish residents admitted drinking in excess of the national guidelines on a regular basis.

The consequences of excessive alcohol consumption were also starkly obvious with 65% of respondents in Scotland being adversely affected following a night’s heavy drinking.    The most common occurrence (39%) was not being able to remember what had happened the night before.     

  • 29% of people admitted to being unable to function properly at work or college the day after a drinking session
  • A third of people had had an argument with their spouse or partner fuelled by alcohol and 7% of people had actually ended a relationship
  • Almost one in four men had been injured or involved in an alcohol-fuelled fight

Dr Alex Yellowlees, consultant psychiatrist at the Priory Hospital Glasgow said:   “These are shocking revelations, reinforcing the fact that the excessive or inappropriate consumption of alcohol is a massive social and public health problem.

“The misuse of alcohol can lead to alcoholism and a wide variety of very distressing consequences as has been shown by this survey.

“Alcohol is seen as a social pastime in today’s society and excess drinking, particularly over the weekend, is considered acceptable by many. Drunken behaviour is often viewed in a humorous light.   However, the consequences can be anything but funny.

“There is no doubt that alcohol is a harmful and addictive drug.   It damages both mental and physical health, creates problems for society and is the cause of much violence.   It is becoming increasingly apparent that drastic measures need to be taken to address these problems, at national and local level.

“The most important thing is recognising and understanding that you have an alcohol problem and want to do something about it.  For many it is very difficult to admit that they are an alcoholic.  What may start off as harmless fun can soon escalate to something more serious, particularly if it becomes a regular occurrence and is not treated properly.”

If you are already thinking about treatment for your alcohol consumption, then you have admitted that you have a problem and need help, which is a significant first step. Our nationwide network of specialist consultants, hospitals, clinics and therapists has treated thousands of people to overcome their alcohol addiction successfully.

At the Priory Hospital Glasgow our personalised treatment programmes include a free initial assessment as well as 12 months of aftercare and family support. Abstinence can be a long and difficult journey, but by using the 12-step model of recovery and a comprehensive support network, we have demonstrated that treatment can work.

In addition, we provide specialist programmes to tackle any emotional issues which are hindering your recovery process, such as the trauma reduction programme. Where necessary, such as for individuals who experience significant withdrawal symptoms, we also provide medically assisted detox rehab programmes.

Anyone worried about their drinking habits should seek advice and support from their GP in the first instance. If necessary, GPs can refer you to the Priory Hospital Glasgow for further assessment and help. Alternatively speak to one of our team about referring yourself.  

For further details on how the Priory can provide you with further assistance regarding Alcohol Addiction Treatment, please call 0141 636 6116. For professionals looking to make a referral, please click here

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