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England, although wonderful, has a bit of an alcohol problem. It seems to be something we are not entirely happy about, slightly ashamed of, and that we don’t want to talk about. Here at Help 4 Addiction, we think it is high time that we started talking about it. Alcoholism is rife in England, with some 29 million people regularly indulging, according to the Office of National Statistics. Of those, some 7.8 million are binge drinkers.

The problem with alcohol stretches throughout every region of the UK, with Scotland and Wales not far behind in terms of consumption. Why do we have this long association with alcohol? Why do we consistently allow it to remain legal, knowing the damage that it does? When more than half of the entire population drinks regularly, why do we continue to turn a blind eye to the problems it brings to our communities? These are issues that all need to be addressed in the future of our country.

In the meantime, we can only watch, and offer a helping hand to fight addiction, wherever we possibly can. That means helping people in Sussex to overcome problems with alcohol, and drugs, on a day-to-day basis. That means offering one-on-one support to the individual, to help them get the support they need to quit drinking or to stay away from drugs, forever.

IF you have come to the Help 4 Addiction webpage because you have already decided you don’t want to do drugs anymore, then you are in the right place. Similarly, if you have had enough of alcohol ruining your life, then we can help. Stop your addiction in its tracks by reaching for rehab resources near you. We can connect you, unfortunately we can’t do the hard work on your behalf.

To take that first foray into quitting drinking, make sure you reach out to Help 4 Addiction so that one of our specialists can narrow down your options, to find the rehab clinic in your area that is right for you. Call us now, on 0203 955 7700, or visit our online consultation page for more.

What is a Binge Drinker?

Binge drinking is common among the people of the UK. The health advice issued by the British government is that you should drink no more than 14 units of alcohol a week, as a fully grown male adult. If you are younger than the age of purchasing (18) you shouldn’t be drinking at all in case it damages your liver – but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t plenty of underage alcoholics. Being younger than the age limit of alcohol means that you are more likely to become addicted to alcohol, not less.

Alcohol addiction is commonly associated with binge drinkers. These are people who often drink more than the recommended amount, or who can drink vast amounts in a single sitting. When you go out every Friday and Saturday night and drink your bodyweight in your twenties – you are suffering from a low key alcohol addiction. If you are a binge drinker who isn’t careful, you could well end up with an alcohol addiction, having to receive help in the future.

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Am I a Binge Drinker?

It can be hard to spot an addiction within yourself. If you think you may be a binge drinker then you should look out for the symptoms of alcohol withdrawal when you don’t drink anything that day. Try an experiment on yourself. Don’t drink on the days and times that you normally would and see if you experience any of the following categories…

Mild Symptoms of alcohol addiction

Symptoms of a mild or budding addiction include anxiety, a depressed state of mind, and a headache.

Moderate Symptoms of Alcohol Withdrawal

A slightly more sever alcohol addiction will see you experience all of the above, and likely some nausea and insomnia as well. You may notice a tremor when you try to hold your hands steady. You will also have difficulty concentrating, although this can come with the anxiety and depression.

Severe Symptoms of Withdrawal

When you are completely addicted to alcohol your central nervous system has adapted to the change of constantly having to process alcohol. When you stop cold turkey, you can experience symptoms that match this in terms of severity. These symptoms can be even worse for drug addicts going through rehab. When quitting drinking for good in Sussex, you should expect sickness and diarrhoea, sweating and shaking, all of the other symptoms, a fever, a racing heart, and high blood pressure. You can read more about the symptoms on Web MD if you want to.

What Happens When You Drink Too Much And You Are Underage?

Asides form being on the wrong side of Sussex regulations, those that drink underage will be subject to some health concerns that you simply wouldn’t otherwise be exposed to. The saying is that drinking and smoking stunt your growth and this isn’t too far from the truth. According to the NHS, underage drinking can affect the progress of essential organs, leading to developmental problems. This is the same science that means drinking while pregnant might harm your baby.

Prior to the age of fifteen, a child is still developing these vital organs that include your brain, liver, and other important parts. When you drink before this age you put these parts in danger. Drinking at an early age, according to the NHS, also puts you in the category of people most likely to perform risky behaviours. You might engage in sexual activity while still a child, hurt yourself doing something foolish, or become involved in violence through not being in full control of your actions.

That doesn’t mean that we don’t drink underage, however. British teenagers urge each other to drink via peer pressure, thinking that alcohol makes them seem cooler to their friends. There are alcoholics among those that are underage, and most rehab services don’t offer help to those under the age of 18 because of this. If you are underage and struggling against an alcohol addiction, then get in touch with us. We can advise you on the services that should be available to you, regardless of your age.

What About Drug Addictions in Sussex?

There are plenty of drug dealers in Sussex and, even if there weren’t, it is entirely possible to become addicted to prescription medications as it is to illegal drugs. For most law-abiding people, it is more likely that bad luck will see you injured and developing an addiction to painkillers, than it is to see you buying crack cocaine off a street dealer.

Back in March, Sussex Police reported executing 8 consecutive raids on properties around the county. They were successful in finding drugs, phones, and money in all properties. This was the result of an accumulative 10 months of work and resulted in numerous arrests. The drugs in question were crack cocaine and heroin – two of the most addictive Class A drugs known to man. The police believe that this ring was part of a wider drug gang operating up and down the country. These networks are often so vast that there is no way to round them all up at once. A few of them will survive on the outside, they will regenerate numbers and live to deal another day.

Wherever drugs are readily available, there are drug addicts. Drug addiction varies in intensity and can be to any number of Class A, B or even Class C drugs (such as Tramadol). Anyone can become embroiled in an addiction and there is no shame in it. You can fight back, however, and if you can, you should.

Call us on 0203 955 7700 today to find out more.

Help for Addiction is Available in All Areas of Sussex!

Here at Help 4 Addiction, we make a point of helping everyone suffering from addictions that comes through our doors. If you reach out to us for help, we will give it to you, and we will do it no matter where you live. Whether you are from the richest part of the city, or whether your home is where you make it that day; we have treatment advice for you.

Some of the areas we frequently hear about in Sussex include:

  • Amberley
  • Arundel
  • Battle
  • Bexhill-on-Sea
  • Bognor Regis
  • Brighton and Hove
  • Chichester
  • Crawley
  • Crockerhill
  • Crowborough
  • Duncton
  • Eastbourne
  • East Wittering
  • Fernhurst
  • Goddards Green
  • Hailsham
  • Hastings
  • Haywards Heath
  • Heathfield
  • Horsham
  • Little Hampton
  • Lewes
  • Midhurst
  • Parnham
  • Petworth
  • Portslaid-by-sea
  • Rottingdean
  • Rye
  • Selsey
  • Seaford
  • Steyning
  • Worthing
  • Uckfield

Although all of these areas are well within reach of one or more rehab clinics, it can be difficult to decide which to opt for – especially if this is your first time in rehab. When it comes down to it, the most important thing is that you have got help in the first place. Don’t let your life slip through your fingers when Help 4 Addiction is here for you. Call us now on 0203 955 7700 to get off drink or drugs and get back to your normal self. We are ready… are you?

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About Author

Nicholas Conn

Nicholas Conn

Nicholas Conn is a leading industry addiction expert who runs the UK’s largest addiction advisory service and is regularly featured in the national press, radio and TV. He is the founder and CEO of a drug and alcohol rehab center called Help4addiction, which was founded in 2015. He has been clean himself since 2009 and has worked in the Addiction and Rehab Industry for over a decade. Nick is dedicated to helping others recover and get treatment for drug and alcohol abuse. In 2013, he released a book ‘The Thin White’ line that is available on Amazon.

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