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party-binge-drinkingIf you find yourself rationalising your drinking, lying about it, or refusing to discuss the subject, take a moment to consider why you are being so defensive. If you truly believe you don’t have a problem, there should be no reason for you to cover up your drinking habits or make excuses.

Alcohol addiction can effect many different aspects of your life. In the long term it can increase your risk of developing serious health complications - including cancer, heart problems, and liver disease.

However, in the short term problem drinking or drinking as a way to relax or self-soothe can also damage your emotional stability, career, finances and relationships. It isn't just you that has to deal with alcoholism either but also those that are a part of your life.

Here are a few myths dispelled -

5 Myths About Alcoholism

'My drinking is my problem'

You are not the only person your drinking is hurting. Those that you care about most are often the ones that get hurt the most.

'I don't drink every day, so i'm not an alcoholic'

Many people don't realise that they have a drinking problem because they don't feel they drink enough to be classed as an alcoholic. But it isn't the amount you drink but the effects of your drinking that make it a problem. Problems at home or work that are fueled by alcohol abuse are signs that alcohol is the issue.

'I can stop whenever I like'

If your telling yourself this, it generally means you realise you have a problem but are unwilling to face it. Maybe you can, maybe you can't, but you should look into what prompted you to make this statement in the first place.

'Drinking isn't a real addiction like drug abuse'

Alcohol is a drug and every bit as damaging. Alcohol effects the body and mind with long term abuse likely to cause serious health issues as well as emotional strife in the home and at work. Alcohol withdrawal is just as hard as drug withdrawal.

'I'm not an alcoholic because I have a job'

Being an alcoholic isn't solely the occupation of the homeless or jobless, many alcoholics are able to hold down jobs, pass studies and work the social scene. Abuse will catch up with you however, drinking has many dangers.

Many effective alcohol treatment options are available, including residential alcohol rehabilitation programs.

Los Olivos is a private rehab clinic situated in the Spanish countryside. Secluded yet with in-house professionals to support those in recovery, Los Olivos is a residential alcohol rehabilitation centre dedicated to enabling sobriety and maintaining it.

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