THE binge drinking capital of the UK has been revealed – with people living there admitting they struggle to keep boozing under control.
While most people like a drink every now and then, with the occasional blow-out, some can take the habit too far.
Our quiz below can help you figure out if you might be drinking too much, with help with what you can do to cut down.
Around 47 per cent of Stoke on Trent residents said they can’t moderate their drinking, when asked by Help Me Stop.
The Staffordshire city was closely followed by Glasgow, London, Liverpool and Sheffield.
But people from Edinburgh emerged as the least worried about their alcohol consumption, with residents of Brighton and Cambridge also not concerned.
Overall, 31 per cent of all UK residents admit they drink more than they should, with 47 per cent saying they find it impossible to have “just one”.
Sammy Manzaroli, treatment service director at Help Me Stop, said: “This research reveals that millions of Brits feel that their drinking is out of control, and more than a third worry that they are drinking far too much alcohol.
“But people find it hard to reach out for help, and many misperceptions exist about what ‘rehab’ means.
“The fact that such a high percentage of the population have made unsuccessful attempts to address their problematic drinking is not surprising.
“Addiction thrives in isolation which is why we advocate addressing the issue in a group setting supported by a period of intensive 1:1 therapy.”
7 signs you’re boozing too much… and how to stop
WARNING BELLS INCLUDE:
- Opening a bottle or can earlier in the day than you usually would.
- Finding it hard to stop at one or two drinks.
- Drinking out of boredom.
- Experiencing anxiety or depression, and drinking to cope.
- Feeling the need to drink more each time to get the same feeling.
- Finding the quality of your sleep, mood and productivity has declined.
- Experiencing sweating, shaking or nausea, which could all be symptoms of alcohol withdrawal (it is important to get professional medical advice or support if dependent on alcohol and experiencing withdrawal symptoms. Stopping drinking completely can be dangerous to your health).
WAYS TO CUT BACK, FROM DRINKAWARE:
- Stick to drinking within low-risk guidelines – no more than 14 units each week.
- Have at least three drink-free days each week and replace drinking with an activity.
- Take the pressure off calculating units by keeping track of your drinking with our app.
- Experiment with alcohol-free drinks, there is an increasing variety on offer in the shops.
- Use smaller glass sizes for drinks and use a bottle stop to save wine for another day.
SOURCES OF HELP:
- For confidential advice, tips and online tools, see drinkaware.co.uk. You can talk to a professional adviser by online chat or over the phone or find a list of support services either online or local to you.
- Drinkaware urges anyone worried about their drinking, or someone else’s, to call Drinkline on 0300 123 1110.