There seems to be much interest in the UK media at present with regards to middle class drinkers, especially women. I spoke to a journalist at the Yorkshire Post about this issue last week, and the article is in today’s paper (see the link below).
It’s so important to talk about why people develop alcohol dependencies with some honesty and candidness. Too often society embraces a collective denial about alcohol abuse, pointing the finger at those who have lost all control and are consequently absolute slaves to the booze (the archetypal man on the park bench, clutching his supersized bottle of cider), whilst brushing under the carpet the people who are drinking epic proportions of wine behind closed doors in an effort to try and alleviate their worries and anxieties.
I really hope that with more media coverage like this Yorkshire Post feature (which will help to further raise awareness of people who are sinking under the weight of nightly binge-drinking), we as a society may be able to turn around our thinking about alcohol abuse, offering a way out of the booze trap rather than simply pointing the finger – or worse, pretending everything is ok and doing nothing.