Dougie Poynter will be back on our screens this coming Saturday in the ITV one-off special, McFly: All About Us. In the revealing doc, the Mcfly bassist discusses his tumultuous years battling addiction, which culminated in him taking a lethal dose of valium following the band’s hiatus in 2016. The musician has been candid about his addiction problems in the past.
Things started to look up for Dougie in his third year of sobriety, however.
Alcoholism – what should I be looking out for?
“While there is no formal ‘AA definition’ of alcoholism, the majority of our members agree that, for most of us, it could be described as a physical compulsion, coupled with a mental obsession,” says Alcoholics Anonymous.
It is characterised by a distinct physical desire to consume alcohol beyond the capacity to control it, in defiance of all rules of common sense, says AA.
Alcohol misuse is generally when you drink in a way that’s harmful, or when you’re dependent on alcohol.
According to the NHS, to keep health risks from alcohol to a low level, both men and women are advised not to regularly drink more than 14 units a week.
Alcohol and its associated risks can have both short-term and long-term effects.
The adverse effects include damage to the brain, bones and heart, warns the NHS.
How to respond
“If you are worried about your drinking or have had an alcohol-related accident or injury, you may be offered a short counselling session known as a brief intervention,” explains the NHS.
According to the health body, a brief intervention lasts about five to 10 minutes, and covers risks associated with your pattern of drinking, advice about reducing the amount you drink, alcohol support networks available to you, and any emotional issues around your drinking.
As it explains, keeping a “drinking diary” may be recommended so you can record how many units of alcohol you drink a week.
If you need to speak to someone, drinkline is the national alcohol helpline.
If you’re worried about your own or someone else’s drinking, you can call this free helpline in complete confidence.
Call 0300 123 1110 (weekdays 9am to 8pm, weekends 11am to 4pm).