Honesty, alcohol and acknowledgement

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.

http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/features/why-some-women-hit-the-self-destruct-button-1-5906108

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6 thoughts on “Honesty, alcohol and acknowledgement

  1. BloggersTech says:

    Reblogged this on Blog of an e-marketer by Main Uddin and commented:
    Here’s the deal. He has worked on his recovery for this year, meetings, sponsor, & steps (slowly on the step work). For the most part, it seems that he has remained clean. However, I do suspect somewhat, that he relapsed for a time. He lost weight kinda sudden and had that look about his face. Looked like he did when I know he was using. He swears he has remained cleaned the full year.

    He does have other health problems, and sees Doctor at VA Hospital regularly, and they know he’s a recovering addict. When he was losing the weight, he would tell me that the Doctor doesn’t know why he’s losing weight. They ran various tests, all came back ok. I have my thoughts on the weight loss, called RELAPSE! I know he’d never admit to me if he did.

    I told him one day that he was looking like he did when he was using, weight loss, sunken face. He claims he has not used. It seems after I made that statement to him, is when he began to put weight back on and the frequency of meetings increased. Hmmmmm.

    The weight came back on, and his face began to fill out again. He has been going to meetings everyday, sometimes twice a day for about the last few months. Prior to that, maybe twice a week.

  2. Hi Lucy, it’s great you managed to get this type of coverage to help open up people’s minds to this addiction. Women’s drinking habits – and we get a lot of women on our phone helpline who are simply ashamed to go to services or speak to their doctor – have changed towards alcohol and they have become the unseen majority in a lot of addiction cases. In a rehab in Scotland that deals specifically with alcohol issues, women have accounted for 65% of admissions in the last two years and this looks likely to increase based on the trends I’m seeing. Women and alcohol are swept under the carpet, ignored by society and then – when it’s too late – women try and get help when they’ve lost everything and people treat then with utter contempt and disgust, or they simply get anti-depressants form their GP and that’s meant to make them better but rarely does when alcohol is involved. High praise to you for the coverage and your new website, warm wishes, James

    • Hi James, thanks for your interesting comment. Yes, sadly this issue is often swept under the carpet and is a difficult thing to acknowledge even to yourself when we live in such an alcohol-friendly society. I really appreciate your praise with regards to Soberistas – thank you. Lucy

  3. Really great article. I hope when people see the broad range of people who suffer from problems with the drinking, more people will be able to ask for help. I love what you say about wine having become such a problem. That was me all the way, so classy with my 2 bottles of fine wine every night! I’m grateful to have escaped, and very pleased to see people like you working to help more women do the same. Nice work!

    • Thank you for your comment – I’m very pleased for you that you too have worked out that wine, no matter how expensive, is bad when it leads to alcohol dependency. Hopefully with more coverage like this article, more people will examine their own (often destructive) relationship with alcohol. Good to hear from you, thanks again x

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