How Does The Weather Affect Drinking Habits?
The news cycle often highlights the stark differences in drinking cultures in different parts of the world.
The binge drinking culture in the UK can lead to debaucherous Friday nights on the streets of a city which is a stark contrast to the southern European culture of enjoying a glass of wine with a meal with friends in the evening.
The vague notion of culture is often used to explain these differences in drinking patterns.
Perhaps it is some combination of our characteristic reserve as a nation the important of our pub culture and historically relaxed alcohol use laws. It’s no wonder that more and more people need to get the help of Alcohol Rehab.
New research about the impact of the weather on alcohol abuse
It has come to light that colder weather is likely to be heavily linked with stronger alcohol abuse – in particular the amount of sunlight that we are exposed to has a strong influence on how much alcohol we consume.
A recent study that took place across several countries around the world and the Uk, comparing average annual sunshine hours and average temperature with alcohol consumption, rates of heavy drinkers and rates of liver cirrhosis attributable to alcohol.
Additionally, weather related alcohol consumption is directly linked to our chances of developing the most dangerous form of liver disease, cirrhosis which can ultimately end in liver failure and death.
There is a direct relationship between reduced sunshine and cold weather and alcohol consumption. Heavy drinking and alcoholic cirrhosis.
Essentially as the weather gets colder and sunlight hours go down you are more likely to drink alcohol, drinking it in a harmful way that can go on to develop liver disease.
While there has always been an assumption that this is the case a new study provides useful evidence, and confirmation. There is a big environmental factor that influences their drinking habits.
Can anything be done about this?
Well, we all know that we can’t change the weather; we can’t all pick up camp and move to Spain – especially with Brexit looming on the horizon.
Perhaps we could use subsidized holidays to sunnier climates or a GP prescribed light box for anyone in need in the North of the country.
The effects of alcohol addiction can be devastating, which causes a lot of people to look into private rehab clinics. Advertising laws should be addressed with restrictions during the winter months strongly considered.
Societal changes are very hard to achieve , countries such an Iceland however has addressed alcohol drinking problems amongst the youth by increasing youth activities and programmes has had promising results.
Sweden is another country in which alcohol is very highly taxed and can only be bought in specific government shops called ‘Systembolaget’.
Finally, this report gives us more evidence that alcohol use disorder is a disease with causes outside of people’s control.
We could potentially be providing the highest quality treatment to achieve abstinence and reduce relapse rates through inpatient rehabilitation units using a 12 step programmer at Alcohol Rehab.
Cirrhosis is an absolutely devastating disease with a high cost to the individual and to society. We should be doing everything in our power to help those with alcohol use disorder – avoiding this outcome.