If any of the following resonates with you please contact Holla and Heard for alcohol counselling in Leeds, West Yorkshire.
Alcohol and good times
Look around and that’s what you see; a christening, a wedding, a birth, a family get-together, a promotion, a new house, Christmas, new year or any other time of year for that matter, the list goes on. It’s a mainstay in any social get-together, be it a party for 2 or 100. The lifestyle that alcohol promises is fun-filled glamour. Clever marketing pulls us into the allure of the glitterati; the unquestioned message being it’s a necessary normal part of our society.
What if we choose not to accept this as the complete picture; the ubiquitous ‘two-sides to every story’ applies to alcohol, after all alcohol is a drug and there is no such thing as a harmless drug. If both sides of the story are openly presented it will give the younger generation more choice in their alcohol use, rather than being drip-fed and conditioned to believe that alcohol is the elixir of life (this is one of the myths we tackle in alcohol counselling in Leeds, West Yorkshire).
The downside of alcohol
For every up there’s a down, for every good-time benefit of alcohol there’s a cost. The risk with alcohol use is a bit like russian roulette; you may be the one that becomes controlled by alcohol and develop serious side effects. Unfortunately there’s no test that will reveal who this will be. It is a spider’s web of reasons such as: individual differences, biological factors and social factors (all inextricably linked). The negative physical effects of alcohol are publicly documented however there’s less awareness of the possible psychological and emotional damages. There’s no stark health warning on the bottle that says ‘use at your own peril, you may develop serious (possibly chronic) side effects such as:
It’s never popular to shatter any illusion, we all remember the person that told us Santa wasn’t real and the ensuing horror and disappointment.
A problem with the person or the drug?
When alcohol problems do come to light they are splashed across the press but alcohol’s involvement is hush hushed and the women concerned are blamed and shamed. Middle-aged women are ‘outed’ in the press for drinking excessively at home alone (underlying message being they should know better) and younger women are shamed in the tabloids for binge drinking leading to ‘unacceptable’ behaviour.
These reports are a threat to alcohol’s good-time image so the attention is quickly and successfully diverted away from alcohol and onto the individuals. Common misconceptions abound, alluding to the fact that there’s something wrong with the person; they have no control and no will power.
Holla and Heard’s answer to the problem
It is hard to agree with the message that if an individual develops a problem with alcohol (the drug’s nature of which is to make people want more) that it is their fault; this separates it entirely from the social context. Shaming and blaming women will not make the problem go away but will push this very real issue underground; the best place for secrets and lies to grow is in the dark. A punitive society will lead to chronic hidden problems.
Bringing attention to the potential or current issues individuals may face with alcohol use is a huge step in prevention and intervention (it’s easy to access Holla and Heard alcohol counselling in Leeds, West Yorkshire). If we share our alcohol experiences without fear of personal reproach it will be easier to access early help, stopping problems in their tracks. If we’re open and honest about the dark side of alcohol, it makes sense to accept sobriety or mindful drinking as a positive lifestyle choice.
Let’s bring attention to the whole story of alcohol and make ourselves heard, in order to promote choice and acceptance. Contact Holla and Heard for alcohol counselling in Leeds, West Yorkshire.
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