Alcoholism Facts

Understanding the Truth about Addiction

Learn about the impact of alcoholism and find hope for recovery at Castle Craig

Alcohol acts as a depressant on the nervous system, creating a ‘high’ or relaxed state in the drinker and a release from inhibitions.

Alcohol has been described as the world’s favourite drug and the drug associated with the greatest level of harm; in 2014, there were 8,697 alcohol-related deaths registered in the UK (Scotland registered the highest number of deaths). Alcohol abuse also places significant strain on public services, it is estimated that 70% of people attending A&E during the weekend have alcohol-related issues.

How Much Alcohol is Safe to Drink?

Drink is measured in ‘units’ and the liver breaks down alcohol at the rate of about one unit (8g of alcohol) an hour. The Royal Colleges of Physicians, Psychiatrists and General Practitioners recommend that men should not drink more than 21 units of alcohol a week, and women 14 units a week. The Department of Health’s sensible drinking guidelines say that daily alcohol intake should not exceed 3-4 units (men) or 2-3 units (women).

Continued drinking at the upper limit is not advised, and at least two alcohol-free days a week should be observed, particularly after an episode of heavy drinking.

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How Much is a Unit?

An alcohol unit roughly equates to half a pint of standard strength (3.5%) beer, lager or cider, one standard measure of spirit/liqueur or half a 175ml glass of wine. The alcohol content will depend on the size of your drink and glass and the alcohol concentration of the particular wine and beer.

When Does Alcohol Become a Problem?

Many people are able to drink occasionally without problems and a small amount of certain types of alcohol (e.g. red wine) have been shown to provide some health benefits. However, prolonged and heavy drinking can lead to dependency and alcoholism. As with any addiction, alcoholism is toxic not only to the individual’s health but also to one’s personal relationships and career.

How Can Castle Craig Help?

How Do I Pay For Rehab?

One concern we sometimes hear from people is how they will fund their rehab treatment. The cost of rehab varies depending on what kind of accommodation you choose. You can pay for treatment at Castle Craig privately, or through medical insurance, and some people receive funding through the NHS.

How Long Is the Rehab Programme?

Residential rehab treatment starts at four weeks and can go up to 12+ weeks. Research shows us that the longer you stay in rehab and are part of the residential therapy programme, the longer the likelihood of continued abstinence and stable recovery.

Who Will I Speak to When I Call?

When you call you will reach our Help Centre team who will give you all the information you need to help you decide whether to choose treatment at Castle Craig. Once you have decided that you would like to have a free screening assessment you will be put in touch with our admissions case managers who will guide you through the admissions process.

What Happens at the End of My Treatment?

Castle Craig thoroughly prepares patients before departure by creating a personalised continuing care plan which is formulated following discussions with the medical and therapeutic team. We offer an online continuing care programme which runs for 24 weeks after leaving treatment, in order to ensure a smooth transition back into your everyday life. Patients leaving treatment automatically join our Recovery Club where they can stay connected via our annual reunion, events, online workshops and recovery newsletters.

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