Lifting the alcohol ban

Alcohol Rehabilitation Clinic in Johannesburg  discusses the pros and cons 

This past Sunday hundreds upon thousands of South Africans rejoiced at the news that the ban on alcohol was being lifted on Tuesday 18 August  Houghton House Alcohol Rehabilitation Clinic in Johannesburg takes a view. The ban was the second one of its kind placed on South Africans over the past few months and took its toll on liquor selling outlets as well as the restaurant trade in general. While it is extremely important to get the economy going again through the sale of products such as alcohol and food, the very real fact that the doors have not only opened for sales, but for addicts and recovering addicts to get caught up in the lockdown relaxation buzz this affects what happens at an Alcohol Rehabilitation Clinic in Johannesburg.

A dangerous haze around alcohol remains. Are you prepared for the fallout?

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Now, we are not trying to be a killjoy by any means but the facts are there. Addicts and recovering addicts are prone to triggers and this nationwide celebration of the unbanning is one of the biggest triggers possible. What makes things worse is that it is seen as a righteous victory, therefore, lessening the seriousness around alcohol addiction and abuse. As the premium alcohol Rehabilitation Clinic in Johannesburg, we are determined to ensure that whatever your journey is, you know the facts, the possible outcomes and the dangers along the road, especially when it comes to alcohol rehabilitation.

There are a few things that you should think about as the ban on alcohol is lifted. How much do you know about:

  1. Binge drinking
  2. Heavy drinking
  3. Withdrawal
  4. Seeking help

Binge drinking

Binge drinking is a real and dangerous thing in South Africa. The World Health Organisation believes that more than 18% of South Africans are binge drinkers. Ask yourself a question. Have you been foraging for booze while the lockdown was enforced? Are you planning on heading straight to the liquor shop or pub as the ban lifts? Is that a healthy thing? If you are at all feeling any sort of concern, chat to a loved one, chat to a professional, chat to us, the premium alcohol rehabilitation clinic in Johannesburg for a quick chat. Who knows, maybe you are about to make the biggest mistake in 2020 as those doors open, or maybe you are going to make the biggest life changing decision by calling for help.


Heavy Drinking

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If you are considered a heavy drinker then chances are that you have experienced some withdrawal symptoms during lockdown, that is, if you had not stocked up or made a plan to keep the booze flowing. The fact that you made a plan to keep the drinks flowing should be your first sign that when the doors open, you are heading back into the danger zone. You may not know it, or admit it, but you are most likely in the throes of addiction and need to speak to a specialist, ASAP.  The lockdown relaxation could be incredibly damaging to you and your loved ones.


Withdrawal symptoms according to the top Alcohol Rehabilitation Clinic in Johannesburg 

Okay so let’s pretend that you don’t know what addiction is, or binge drinking or alcohol abuse is, or even heavy drinking. Let’s give you some clarity about what withdrawal symptoms are and maybe, if you recognise that you have had some of these symptoms post drinking, you may seek out help and throw caution to the wind as the ban on alcohol is relaxed. According to Houghton House Alcohol Rehabilitation Clinic in Johannesburg withdrawal symptoms generally appear a good 8 hours after your last drink, but can occur days later. Some of the major symptoms include:

  1. Trouble sleeping
  2. Anxiety or irritability
  3. Increased heart rate
  4. Depression
  5. Sweating
  6. Nightmares
  7. Headaches
  8. Nausea
  9. Shaking
  10. Confusion

Withdrawal Effects

If you have found yourself suffering from serious withdrawal effects it is quite possible that you have also possibly experienced a fever, seizures and even hallucinations. While reading this understand that at this stage, your life could be in danger, and immediate professional healthcare should be sought. Call us. We can help. Serious withdrawal can last up to 15 days and without the correct care from a professional treatment centre, Tuesday’s relaxation of the booze ban may be a nail in the coffin of your life.


So, have you experienced any of those symptoms post drinking? If you said YES to any of the above, you may need to exercise caution before heading to your nearest bottle store on Tuesday. Most importantly, seeking help may be the first port of call you should consider on Tuesday.


Seeking help at the top Alcohol Rehabilitation Clinic in Johannesburg 

Should you or a loved one need help, do not hesitate to call Houghton House Group of Treatment Centres, the premium alcohol Rehabilitation Clinic in Johannesburg for advice. Not only are our teams able to assist you with short term action plans, but our online addiction treatment systems and world-class centres can and will course-correct your rehabilitation journey.


For more information on Houghton House Alcohol Rehabilitation Clinic in Johannesburg and dealing with alcohol or  substance abuse and getting yourself help to start a new life, call Houghton House now:

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