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What is alcohol addiction?

Alcohol addiction is a chronic (long-term) relapsing condition caused by an inability to stop or control alcohol use. Being a spectrum disorder, a person’s experience with alcohol addiction can be mild, moderate or severe, and is characterised by compulsive alcohol consumption and negative feelings when alcohol is removed or no longer available.

Signs of alcohol addiction vary, but can include:

  • prioritising drinking over daily activities and responsibilities
  • increased alcohol tolerance and cravings
  • changes in behaviour, such as irritability, anger or violence
  • onset or worsening of mental health issues, such as depression, anxiety or paranoia
  • withdrawal from social contact and activities.

I have alcohol addiction.

We’re here for you.

At Wesley Hospitals, we provide compassionate care and support to help you manage and overcome alcohol addiction. Our clinicians will work with you to develop a tailored treatment plan that equips you with the skills and knowledge to regain control of your life and build a brighter future.

From individual counselling and day programs to in-hospital stays, we can provide you with the support you need.

Connect with us today for more information and support. Our team will get back to you within one business day.

I need help for a loved one.

We can help you support someone you care for.

While alcohol consumption is declining, 17 percent of Australians still consume alcohol at levels that place them at lifetime risk of alcohol-related disease or injury. Because signs of alcohol addiction vary from person to person, it can be hard to know when someone you love is suffering.

Without treatment, alcohol addiction can cause significant deterioration of physical and mental health, impact financial well-being, have legal repercussions and lead to family breakdown. The sooner your loved one can access support, the better their chances of recovery will be.

At Wesley Hospitals, we offer three treatment options: appointment-based individual counselling, day programs in a group setting, as well as in-hospital stays. This provides your loved one with choice and flexibility to access the support that they need.

You’ve already taken the first step in supporting someone you love who may be experiencing alcohol addiction. For more information, contact our assessment team to see how we can work together to help your loved one identify their condition and take steps towards recovery and long-term sobriety.

You're not alone.

Here are some links to helpful information and resources about alcohol addiction to support your journey to better mental health and wellbeing.

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Supporting you to return to a connected and fulfilling life.