UK (PRWEB) November 20, 2014
An interesting piece of news from Britain now, where the Telegraph newspaper has quoted an expert from a leading rehabilitation clinic in an article on November 17. His remarks could also shed a light on a hidden section of society which is grappling with alcohol abuse, without anybody around them noticing.
Doctors at the Priory Clinic in London – a retreat favored mainly by celebrities affected by substance abuse – have reported a steep rise in the number of older women seeking treatment for alcoholism. The number of cases has reportedly risen by 65%, even though the number of young people seeking help in Britain has fallen by 25% over the same period.
Some experts believe that the advent of online shopping is, in part, responsible for the quantities of older, professional women suffering in silence. That is because they can order alcoholic beverages from online grocers, enabling them to become reclusive and even avoid suspicion from loved ones. Another risk is how older women are not generally perceived to be at risk from alcoholism because they don't adhere to the stereotypical image of who this disease affects.
This means that the overall gap between the numbers of male and female alcoholics in the UK is getting smaller. The divide between the two genders has halved in recent years.
In many ways, young people are better behaved now than in previous generations. Less 16 to 24-year-olds are binge drinking in the country, while their parents and grandparents are more skeptical about the health warnings issued by the Government.
Usually, the clients treated by The Priory are retired females who previously enjoyed high-powered, professional careers. Their alcoholism is often exacerbated by the loss of a loved one, boredom and loneliness.
There are also concerns about how British culture and socializing patterns tend to center around drinking alcohol.
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