Binge drinking and alcohol abuse is something we think about when a national holiday like Australia Day can often be used as an excuse to drink to excess.
In Australia, it is still common to get drunk on occasions like the Australia Day long weekend. Alcohol abuse has serious effects on physical and mental health. Binge drinking also has negative effects on physical and mental health.
Drinking to excess is something that is something too easy to do. Health experts recommend adults have no more than two standard alcoholic drinks per day reduce lifetime risk of alcohol-related disease. Research also shows that one-in-five Australian adults regularly consume more than two standard drinks per day on average.
When younger people binge drink the effects can be more serious. Young people with mental health problems who get drunk on a regular basis risk changes to the parts of the brain that control long-term memory and decision making. The alcohol can also increase the severity and cause mood disorders and slow brain development. For youth who already suffer from a mental illness, their symptoms can be exacerbated by misusing alcohol.
Alcohol related problems are part of addiction cycle. Successful treatment and recovery comes from developing strategies to deal with situations that trigger addiction related behaviours. At Retreat South we take the every aspect of the person into consideration. Our aim is to give you the advice, support and practical assistance to build foster a healthier approach to life and relationships that help you make lasting change.
If you are thinking of breaking that cycle of addiction call us today to discuss how we can help you to a life with alcohol misuse.