But someone doesn’t need to be an alcoholic for their drinking to cause problems for themselves and worry for those close to them. Different drinking patterns carry different sets of risks and harms.
For example, heavy drinking sessions can lead to falls and injuries, while regular drinking, even at low levels, can effect mental health and sleep patterns.
However, because drinking has become a regular part of life for so many, and alcohol so widely available and widely used, it’s easy to forget that alcohol is a drug that is toxic as well as intoxicating.
You might be concerned about the way some-one drinks for a number of reasons. Those reasons can include
Many people are concerned about and/or affected by someone else’s drinking – it is a common enough worry when so many people in Ireland drink too much, too often.