Addiction to alcohol can have a devastating effect on your life and those around you. If someone loses control over their drinking and has an excessive desire to drink this is known as alcoholism or alcohol dependence. It often starts with the odd social drink here and there with friends but can quickly spiral into addiction.
We understand how challenging it can be to ask for help. If you or your loved-one is suffering from alcoholism, you can get the support you need from Racing Welfare in a safe, non-judgemental and secure environment.
Recognising alcohol addiction
Alcohol addiction can sometimes be tricky to identify and is often denied or thought of as the odd over indulgence. Severely dependent alcoholics can tolerate very high levels of alcohol which could even kill some people. If you are suffering from alcoholism you may find it difficult to admit you have a problem but there is no need to feel ashamed or alone.
- Appearing fequently intoxicated
- Anxiety and depression
- Secretive or dishonest behavoiur
- The inability to say no to alcohol
- Irritability and frequent illness
- Withdrawal from social activities
- Tremors, lethargy and slurred speech
- The need for more alcohol to achieve the desired effect
Once alcohol takes effect it can be very serious and it can take a lot of effort to overcome – but it is possible. The first step is asking for help and here at Racing Welfare we can provide you with understanding and caring support on your journey to recovery.
How to get help
Remember you do not have to tackle alcoholism alone. You can reach out to our friendly and caring advisors 24-hours a day. No matter what area of the horse racing industry you work in, support is here:
- call us on 0800 6300 443
All your information will be kept fully confidential and you will not be judged.
You may also find the following information helpful:
We will support you in receiving additional treatment and recovery options in our wider communities. This includes self-help groups and professional support. These specialist treatment services and groups form a national structure of recovery support in the UK.
NHS – how to get help
Alcoholics Anonymous – find your local support group
SMART recovery – self-management and recovery
National Association of Children for Alcoholics – for children affected by their parent’s drinking
Turning Point – health and wellbeing services
Drinkaware – reducing alcohol misuse
Al-anon Family Groups – for families and friends of alcoholics
The Middleham Smart Recovery Group, delivered by Humankind in association with North Yorkshire Horizons and Racing Welfare, aims to support those wishing to overcome their addictive behaviours. The group gives an opportunity for anyone living with addictive behaviours to speak with professionals in a safe environment. You can contact Welfare Officer, Gail at GBurtonpye@racingwelfare.co.uk for more information.