Are you asking yourself how to stop drinking? Are you experiencing alcohol withdrawal symptoms? Or are you concerned that a loved one may be suffering from alcohol abuse? Alcohol addiction is a disease, which if untreated will worsen and can even be life-threatening. Most sufferers cannot stop drinking without assistance. Below we provide further information about alcohol addiction, the alcohol treatment we provide, and the causes, symptoms (and withdrawal symptoms) and effects of alcohol abuse.
Our effective alcohol treatment
Everyone deserves a meaningful life. Triora offers a proven and highly effective private alcohol treatment programme to help you stop drinking, and stay sober. The Triora Model, our unique, holistic approach, includes a successful combination of medical and psychological treatments, in group sessions or through personal coaching.
From the moment you register with us you are never alone. Our professional, dedicated team are here to help you to take back control, in a pleasant environment where you do not need to feel embarrassed or ashamed. We strongly believe in working together - loved ones can also be involved in the process through our relationship and family counselling.
Our residential treatment takes place in the peaceful surroundings of our modern, private clinic in an attractive location near the beach in Alicante, Spain. Outpatient treatment is also available via secure videoconferencing. Treatment can be provided in English or Spanish. We look forward to helping you start a new and fulfilling life free of alcohol.
How many people abuse alcohol?
- Globally, Europeans consume the most alcohol per head in the world.
- 1.6 million Spaniards (1.3 million men and 300,000 women) abuse alcohol.
- An estimated 11% of UK citizens (men and women) suffered from alcohol use disorders (including alcohol dependence and harmful use) in 2010*.
- An estimated 5.9% of UK citizens (men and women) suffered from alcohol dependence in 2010*.
- Worldwide, 61.7% of the population aged 15 and older had not drunk in the last 12 months.
*WHO global status report on alcohol and health, 2014.
What are the signs of alcohol abuse?
Did you know that you – or a loved one – does not have to drink all day to suffer from alcohol abuse and have an alcohol addiction? In fact, you do not even need to drink every day or in extreme amounts to suffer from alcohol dependency.
One of the main signs of alcoholism is that you continue to drink regardless of the increasing problems your drinking causes. If you do, it is likely that you are suffering from alcohol abuse. Additional symptoms of alcoholism are:
- Drinking more, or for longer than you intend.
- Drinking much more to get the effect you want.
- Spending a lot of time drinking or recovering from drinking.
- Having cravings for alcoholic drinks.
- Not managing at work, home or for your studies because of your drinking.
- Drinking again and again, even when it puts you or others in danger.
- If you try to stop, you develop alcohol withdrawal symptoms.
What are the symptoms of alcohol withdrawal?
Alcohol withdrawal symptoms include poor sleep, shakiness, restlessness, nausea, sweating, a racing heart or seizure. It is important to seek immediate medical attention even if symptoms may seem mild, since these can rapidly worsen. Severe alcohol withdrawal symptoms can become life-threatening.
What are the causes of alcohol addiction?
People often think that there must be a cause for their addiction and that once the underlying problem is solved, the addiction will also be cured. Unfortunately this is not the case. While it can be reassuring to understand the cause of alcohol abuse, alcohol addiction is a disease. This means that once someone has developed an addiction, they will remain addicted for the rest of their lives. While alcohol addiction cannot be cured, it can be managed. It is not necessary to understand the cause of alcohol abuse before treating the condition – a fire has to be put out even though the cause is unknown.
A combination of the following factors can lead to alcohol addiction.
- Familial risk factors (genetic disposition)
- Personality traits
- Stressors (adverse events)
- Psychiatric diagnoses
- Adverse upbringing
- Availability of alcohol
- Cultural acceptance
- Employment (certain groups are at higher risk, unemployment is also a risk)
- Role modelling (family, friends, community, idols)
What are the effects of alcohol addiction?
The harmful use of alcohol impacts societies, the individuals who consume alcohol, as well as family members, friends, colleagues and strangers, in many different ways. Drinking large amounts of alcohol over a number of years can lead to the development of chronic diseases such as alcohol dependence, liver cirrhosis, some cancers and heart disease. Alcohol consumption can also lead to injuries from violence and road accidents. Fatal alcohol-related injuries tend to occur in relatively younger age groups. Most countries in Europe have adopted policies, strategies and plans to reduce alcohol-related harm.