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It can be exceptionally difficult to watch someone you love struggle with alcohol abuse or dependency and sometimes you may feel a bit helpless. In this article, we show you how you can support someone with alcohol addiction.
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Alcohol is a big part of social interactions and often people struggle to enjoy a gathering without it. For someone who has a tendency towards alcohol abuse or addiction, these social situations can be problematic as they not only normalize excessive alcohol consumption but normalize it too.
Alcohol affects us differently as we age. Some of the changes are more immediate and recognisable, such as intense hangovers after just one or two drinks. However, there are other effects that may not be as noticeable but can be extremely damaging in the long run.
Many of us turn to alcohol to help us cope with the pressures of daily life. It often helps ease anxiety; it makes us feel more social and sometimes boosts our overall mood. However, there is an underlying factor to consider when it comes to using alcohol to improve our mood – in the long run, alcohol negatively impacts our mood as it changes the way the brain works.
There is an undeniable link between alcohol and violence. The pervasiveness of gender-based violence, femicide, child abuse and violent crimes has pointed back to the consumption of alcohol for many years.
Having a drink every now and again is social, fun and a nice way to unwind after long day at work. Just like all nice things, drinking alcohol must be done in moderation and with care.
The sad reality is that even without the additional challenges of a pandemic, the healthcare system will continue to buckle under the weight of alcohol-related deaths and incidents in South Africa.
Before South Africans celebrate the lifting of the alcohol ban, it’s important that we take into consideration the effects alcohol abuse has on our society.
On the evening of 12 July, South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa shocked the nation when he announced the reinstatement of the nationwide ban on alcohol sales.
One of the most crucial, ongoing aspects of recovery is attending AA meetings and NA meetings. This forms part of the very important substance abuse aftercare programs.
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