Drug And Alcohol Abuse
How Does This Link To The MyMynd Assessment?
If your indicator for alcohol and drug abuse was in the at-risk range following your assessment it means that you may be experiencing problems with alcohol and/or drug use. You may currently be using either or both of these substances excessively or in the wrong way. You may be experiencing trouble sleeping, diminished interest, failure to meet your obligations and/or relationship issues. You may be unable to stop using the substance, even though you want to. If this is the case, we recommend that you SEEK MEDICAL HELP from your GP as soon as possible.
If you cannot wait to speak to your GP then please contact one of the helplines listed below.
It is also important to consider that all of the indicators in the MyMynd assessment are fundamentally linked. This means that whether your score for alcohol and drug abuse is at-risk, optimal or somewhere in between, there are various tools that you can use to enhance your resilience and increase your coping ability. Take some time to revisit the Wellness Centre and look through all of your individual indicator scores.
Some indicators are linked more closely than others. For example alcohol and drug abuse is closely linked to hope, happiness and social relationships. By working on improving your scores in these areas you will be better equipped to handle adversity and may also start to see improvements in other areas as a result.
Looking after your mind is just as important as looking after your body and the tools we provide are designed to help you do that.
For many legal substances, such as alcohol or nicotine, it is difficult to draw the line between use and abuse. People have differing opinions and beliefs on what is and isn’t acceptable and different countries have different legal rules surrounding the use of alcohol and other drugs.
The UK government publishes guidelines for ‘low risk drinking’, produced by the four chief medical officers. These provide the most up-to-date scientific information and are intended to help us make informed choices about our own alcohol consumption.
Click here for a nice summary of the report. They advise to drink no more than 14 units a week on a regular basis. This is the equivalent of 6 pints of beer or 6 medium glasses of wine a week.
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Below are some links to helpful articles and videos that provide more information on the warning signs of drug and/or alcohol abuse as well as tips for managing symptoms.
Note: videos depict scenes containing alcohol and/or other drugs, so if that is something that triggers you, you might want to decide not to watch them.