A Festive White Knuckle Ride?

Friday, February 1, 2008 General News J E 4
LONDON, February 1 It is not only joy and goodwill thatepitomise Christmas and the New Year. It is also stress, unrealisticexpectations, letdowns, tension and, not least, drinking and partying.

This can be one of the worst times of the year for someone with alcoholissues: office parties, family parties, neighbours' parties; it goes on andon. Then comes January and the New Year, with bleak days and broken promises.For some the merriment of Christmas and the New Year masks a much deeperproblem: a dependency on alcohol that can easily be passed-off asover-indulgence.

The Priory Hospital receive 20%* more enquiries to their addictions unitin January than many other times of the year. Dr Mark Collins Lead ConsultantAddictions at the Priory said: " this is not a surprise, if people have beenstruggling to maintain some normality while aware at some subconscious levelthat their drinking is out of control, Christmas and the New Year gives themthe freedom to indulge when normal life wouldn't." He went on to comment thatmany people make it through the tensions of Christmas and then binge drinkthrough January: "this is when we see an increase in enquiries for help."

He added that, "someone with alcohol issues would find it very difficultto manage on their own and they really need support. Even if they have madeit through the holiday period January leaves many people feeling low. If theyor any of their families think that there is an issue they should seek helpimmediately to stop the downward spiral that January can bring on." He didstress however that it is not only this time of year but that there are manyreasons that drive alcohol addictions and they can happen at any time of theyear."

Dr Mark Collins is Lead Consultant Addictions at the Priory HospitalRoehampton. The Priory Hospital provides a confidential free assessment withhighly qualified Addictions Therapists for people seeking help; and wantingto discuss their treatment options.

The addiction Treatment programme includes a combination of inpatient,outpatient and day therapy. It involves physical and psychiatric examination,individual and group therapy, educational lectures and workshops, holisticactivities, a family participation programme, six weeks of extended care anda one-year aftercare support group.

For More information or an interview with Dr Collins or a consultant fromPriory Hospital in your area contact Becky Taylor, Tel: +44(0)1323-840535,Mob, +44(0)7711-528038, Email:

Priory Hospital 24 hr help line +44(0)845-477-4679

* Priory enquiries - in house survey

SOURCE The Priory Hospital


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