When Galahad was established in 1997, we began our ongoing social-science research into issues surrounding drugs and alcohol abuse. Our scope has now broadened to include training, education, evaluating projects and producing policies: all of them aiming at “substance-misuse solutions”.
This broad area of work keeps us up to date with developments and social trends in the world of illegal drugs & alcohol abuse, with the latest policies & practice, and with developments in managing change for substance users.
In the UK, the Department of Health has guidelines about how many units men and women can safely drink. Nearly one in four adults in the UK risks their health by drinking more than the recommended daily amount of alcohol.
Binge drinking is a large part of the British drinking culture and binge drinking in teenagers can be particularly harmful as the brain has not fully developed. Galahad presentations to teenagers are relevant and up to date and include information that every teenager should know but very few do.
Frequent or regular binge drinking is a form of alcohol abuse that is classified as an example of harmful drinking. If you drink in this way you may be dependent on alcohol and can develop long-term health problems.
If you prioritise alcohol above anything else in your life, you’re likely to be dependent on alcohol & is a vert serious form of alcohol abuse. You may feel the need to drink frequently throughout the day, drink large amounts at a time, or experience withdrawal effects between drinks. Alcohol dependence often leads to serious long-term health problems.
Alcohol abuse can lead to serious short & long term health effects.
Short-term effects of alcohol abuse
A small amount of alcohol may relax you and make you feel less anxious. In increasing amounts, alcohol will suppress the part of your brain that controls judgement, resulting in inappropriate behaviour and a loss of inhibitions. Alcohol is a contributing factor to many assaults, incidents of domestic violence and fatal road accidents.
Alcohol negatively affects your physical coordination, vision, speech and balance.
Drinking a very large amount at one time can lead to unconsciousness and coma. If you vomit when you’re unconscious you may choke, which can result in suffocation and death.
Long-term physical effects
Alcohol abuse can lead to a range of long-term health problems including:
- liver/brain/heart damage
- gastritis (inflammation of the stomach lining)
- pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas)
- high blood pressure
Long-term alcohol abuse can increase anxiety and cause depression, memory loss and dementia. It can also lead to sleeping problems, mood-swings, violence and suicide.
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