Many people enjoy a drink without any problems. But binge drinking or drinking heavily over longer periods of time can have very serious consequences. Alcohol misuse not only harms the individual but is damaging to relationships and society in general in terms of violence and crime, accidents and drink driving.
In Northern Ireland, the number of alcohol-related deaths has more than doubled since 1994. The most recent figures show:
- there were 283 deaths recorded as alcohol-related;
- there were over 8,000 alcohol-related admissions to hospitals in Northern Ireland.
Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A) is a group which is made up of individuals who share their experiences with alcohol and how it has affected their lives. Members talk among themselves in the hope that their experiences and support of each other may help solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism also. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no fees for AA membership.
The AA provide a useful APP which can be downloaded onto your device via the App Store or through the Google App Store for any Android devices.
Alternatively all details and information can be found on the AA website, see the link below.
Do you have a problem with Drugs?
People experiment with drugs for many different reasons. Many first try drugs out of curiosity, to have a good time, because friends are doing it, or in an effort to improve athletic performance or ease another problem, such as stress, anxiety, or depression. No matter how often or how little you’re consuming, if your drug use is causing problems in your life—at work, school, home, or in your relationships—you likely have a drug abuse or addiction problem.
If you’re worried about your own or a friend or family member’s drug use, it’s important to know that help is available.
For more information please see the link below.
Listed below are some more useful websites which provide free support and detailed information for anyone looking advice on Alcohol or Drug abuse.