What You should be aware of drinking
Alcohol is often used as a social lubricant in various social settings. Drinking is legal in Singapore if you are 18 and above. Even though alcohol is legal and socially accepted, there are risks and problems associated with continued drinking.
When you are intoxicated, you put yourself and others at some risk. Your judgement is impaired and gait unsteady. If you drive under the influence of alcohol, there is a risk of getting into a (fatal) car accident. You might experience drug-induced blackout where you are unable to remember what happened during the night. You need your friends or the pub owner to fill you in the blanks. When intoxicated, the ability to regulate emotions and behaviour is affected. Your judgement might be impaired. The tendency to end up in fights, engage in risky activities like casual (unprotected) sex, or finding yourself in compromising situations, like engage in sexual harassment or rape, greatly increased.
Binge drinking is defined as 4 or more standard alcoholic drink on one occasion for women, and 5 or more for men. A binge drinker can consume a huge amount alcohol in a short period of time. Once the binge starts, the session can last for a few days. During the binge, you might suffer from alcohol-induced blackouts and make risky decisions.
A binge drinker might be holding a stable employment. Because you are not 'dependent' to drink daily, you might think that you do not have a drinking problem. However, a binge drinker suffers from the negative consequences of the risky behaviour from the binging.
A standard alcoholic drink contains 10grams of alcohol. This roughly equates to:
Alcohol Use Disorder, as defined in Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th Edition: DSM-V, refers to a problematic pattern of alcohol use that leads to significant clinical distress and serious health, relationship and social consequences. When you are dependent on alcohol, you need to drink the first thing in the morning in order to function normally. Without your daily drink, you are emotionally volatile and physically aggressive. The drink helps you to relieve the uncomfortable feelings of withdrawal. Social and family relations are affected by your drinking habits and actions. You are unable to stop drinking or refrain from starting one. We term the inability to stop drinking as "loss of control" which is one defining feature of addiction.
Excessive alcohol consumption can lead to various health concerns such as kidney damage, liver disease, lower immune system & impaired cognitive development. You drink in order to reduce loneliness and anxiety. However, drinking can lead to a range of mental health problems like depression, increased anxiety and impaired cognitive and memory functioning.
Signs and Symptoms of Alcohol Use Disorder
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Help & Treatment
You do not need to suffer from alcohol dependence to have a drinking problem. If you find yourself binge drinking or acting risky under the influence of alcohol, there is a drinking problem. Seeking professional help early can help to reduce the harmful consequences and social & economic costs.
Screening - The aim of the initial session is to identify the presence of drinking problems and/or effect of negative consequences of excessive drinking. Any other existing mental health conditions are screened for in order to provide a deeper understanding of the client.
Assessment - This is a comprehensive understanding of the severity and depth of the drinking problem in the context of the client life's situation. The individual's strengths, weaknesses, problems and needs are accounted in order to collaborate an effective solution. Potential risks are also discussed to integrate into the treatment planning. If the client requires medical detoxification, the client will be referred to the appropriate agencies, with the client's permission, as WE CARE does not offer medical detoxification services. For clients that do not need medical detoxification, a discussion of a suitable treatment plan can proceed.
Treatment Planning + Counselling - The treatment plan is tailored to the client's needs. Immediate and long-term goals are established. A discussion of WE CARE's holistic services is included in the treatment planning. Brief therapy is provided to clients with mild to moderate drinking problems. For chronic drinkers, an intensive and long-term recovery approach is more appropriate.
The SOAR (Substance or Alcohol Recovery) Programme is a structured therapy programme designed for people with substance, prescription meds and/or alcohol abuse problems. Counselling is provided by trained addiction specialists.
Basic programme components:
Depending on needs, some clients may require further sessions after the initial phase of programme
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To make an appointment, call 6547 5459 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
SMART stands for Self-Management & Recovery Training. Participants learn tools for addiction recovery based on the latest scientific research and participate in a world-wide community which includes free, self-empowering, science-based mutual help groups.
SMART Recovery dates
Day: Every Thursday
Timing:230pm to 430pm
Venue: WE CARE, 11 Jalan Ubi
SMART is catered for individuals with a history of addictions. Interested participants are required to undergo a clincial intake before attending SMART Recovery.
If interested, register below or email email@example.com
Mindfulness For Recovery
Mindfulness for Recovery is an open group to learn and practice mindfulness. Mindful practice aims to help participants to break away from their own destructive habitual patterns. All facilitators have personal experience practising mindfulness.
This group is catered for people with a history of addictions, reactive behaviours and/or mood disorders
Every Friday, 630pm to 730pm
Venue: WE CARE Community Services
To register: call 6547 5459 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Families in Recovery through Education and Empowerment
FREE stands for Families in Recovery through Education and Empowerment. FREE is a workshop for the family members of addicted ones.
Date: Every 2nd Monday of the Month except Public Holiday
Upcoming workshop: 11 June 2018
Timing: 7pm to 9pm
Venue: WE CARE
To sign up, call WE CARE at 6547-5459. No payment is required for this programme.