In my initial interview, I find out from all my patients about their daily/weekly alcohol consumption. I am often shocked at how many individuals in the Johannesburg region who drink excessively, and I suspect patients think I am overreacting or being overcautious. This infographic summarises some of the guidelines which were released this year in the United Kingdom. It’s important to remember that these drinking guidelines are written for the general population and are not for people who suffer from any mental health issues. Alcohol makes most psychiatric disorders worse and more complicated to treat. I advise all patients to either stop drinking or cut down on their alcohol intake. During my research, I found this website (Drinkaware) which is an excellent resource and contains all the information you would want to know about alcohol.
This is a previous post I have written on alcohol use and mental illness: Doc, can I have a drink