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- a progressive and fatal disease

Despite alcohol being widely accepted in many cultures, a recent report from the World Health Organisation (WHO) suggests that it is responsible for a staggering 3.3 million deaths a year. This is due to alcohol’s nature as a psychoactive substance that can lead to physical dependency and psychological addiction. 

Frighteningly, most experts believe that between 7% - 10% of people around the world suffer from alcohol dependency, or alcohol use disorder as it is commonly known. Misuse and dependency rates in Spain - particularly among the ex pat community - are some of the highest in the world.

Alcoholism is the most severe form of alcohol use disorder and leaves sufferers completely unable to manage their drinking and, as a consequence, their lives will typically have become unmanageable too.

The sad truth about alcohol use disorder is that it is a progressive illness which, if left untreated, will eventually spiral out of control. Individuals struggling with alcoholism often feel as though they cannot function normally without alcohol. 

This can lead to a wide range of issues and impact professional goals, personal matters, relationships and overall physical health. 

Over time, the serious side effects of consistent alcohol abuse will worsen and produce life-threatening complications. Like any addiction, alcohol misuse disorder and alcoholism are no respecter of status, age, sex or wealth. What makes the condition even worse is the stigma associated with it, which prevents many sufferers from seeking help due to fears about what other people will think of them.

That is where a Phoenix Assessment can help: with our comprehensive assessment you can enjoy the peace of mind of knowing whether you do have a problem and, if so, how best to treat it. Your assessment is completely confidential and will not be shared with anyone else (e.g. your doctor) unless you specifically instruct us to do so.

Symptoms of Alcohol Misuse Disorder - Alcohol & Drug Problems, Rehab & Addiction Treatment Centre in Spain
Symptoms of Alcohol Misuse Disorder

  • Extreme mood swings
  • Experiencing temporary blackouts or short-term memory loss
  • Making excuses for drinking such as to relax, deal with stress or feel normal
  • Feeling hungover when not drinking
  • Choosing to drink over other responsibilities and obligations
  • Engaging in risky behaviour, such as drunk driving
  • Being in denial about the extent of the alcohol abuse problem
  • Exhibiting signs of irritability and extreme mood swings
  • Becoming isolated and distant from friends and family members
  • Drinking alone or being secretive about drinking
  • Feeling guilty or ashamed about drinking and associated behaviours

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San Pedro de Alacantara
Malaga 29670
+34 685 582 150