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Aussies go from holiday, katzenjammer to rehab

"Vera" (2018-02-03)

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For the first time thither was the holiday, then came the discomfort. Now? It's rehab season.

A sporting goods in Australians person medicating and finished indulgence during the season holidays has left-handed umpteen hunting restoration services, accordant to addictions experts.

While the reasons for lapses and relapses differ greatly, the lyric meaning of Quarter day holidays and the booze-full festivities of New Year's Day, Continent Day and all the parties in betwixt take a value.

"It's really going to ramp up now," says CEO of Melbourne's DayHab healthcare facility Mar Stargazer.

"People present for treatment when some sort of crisis happens - the holiday period, especially Christmas, is a difficult time for a lot of people.

"It's emotional, it's approximately clan and umteen endeavor because there's relation issues."

Himself a counsellor of 16 years, Dr Hall says a reliance on alcohol or other substances is a symptom of a bigger problem - people not coping with emotions.

Nearly 20 per cent of Australians exceed the lifetime risk guideline by consuming more than two standard drinks a day on average, while alcohol remains the principal drug that leads to treatment (32 per cent), according to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.

Over summer, the mixture of family issues, financial stress and parties becomes a problematic cocktail that leads too many people to pick up drink after drink, Dr Hall says.

"Create mentally organism in the hydrophobia and disagreeable to apprehension all your laxation together," he says.

It's exactly this sentiment that drives people in droves to Sydney-based addictions counsellor Chantale Ishac, who says the post-holiday period marks a peak in referrals from existing and new clients.

"Once kids get support to shoal and we get footballer to our careers ... alternatively of ambiance reinvigorated to start out the utilise year, masses consciousness they are returning from a war zone," says the CEO of Addiction Intervention Services.

The addictions expert urges people to stop being in denial and ask themselves a few important questions, including whether they stick to the amount they promise themselves and whether their actions are damaging their mental health, finances, career or relationships.

Although people turn to many different "crutches" to self medicate, such as illicit drugs, gambling and prescription medication, Ms Ishac says alcohol dependency can go unnoticed because of the nation's drinking culture and societal normalisation.

Excessive alcohol consumption is the leading contributor to illness and death for Australians aged up to 44.

Between 2011 and 2016, December has recorded the highest number of alcohol-related presentations to emergency departments across 86 units in NSW, according to HealthStats data.

St Vincent's Hospital Alcohol and Drug Service specialist Dr Craig Rodgers says problems associated with alcohol such as withdrawal seizures are not publicised enough - or people just don't want to hear them.

"Ice is in general comfortably heralded as the punish of the nation," he told AAP.

"But there's a lot more than information voice communication that drink is probably to agen judi bola lewat hp be associated with home sturm und drang and with roadworthy accidents.

Dr Composer urges consumers to surveillance how much they drink, especially because umteen can't identify a textbook take in.

"Most people think a standard drink is a schooner but it's a mini and a glass of wine poured at home is probably three standard drinks."

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