Alcohol

Alcohol consumption is deeply rooted in our culture and considered normal in many circumstances. However, alcohol has a high potential for addiction – the drinking habit of every fifth adult is risky. If alcohol is consumed excessively, it can harm almost every organ in the body. In addition to the physical effects, alcohol consumption is often accompanied by mental, social or work-related problems.

If you are finding it hard to control or reduce your alcohol intake, it is advisable to seek professional help. As soon as you are physically or mentally used to it, dependence can develop, which is a serious illness and should be treated as soon as possible.

You will be accompanied respectfully towards a better quality of life and better health by our knowledgeable therapists and physicians. Treatment will be individually tailored to your needs.

This is how we support you:

  • addiction treatment: information, assessment and advice, support controlling or reducing consumption, outpatient detox, aftercare and relapse prevention
  • psychiatry and psychotherapy: mental health assessment and psychiatric treatment
  • GP services: general internal medicine, infectiology
  • social care: support in everyday life, e.g. dealing with problems in the social environment, at work, at school or in an apprenticeship, with finances or with the authorities and landlords
  • outpatient/legal measures to reinstate a driving licence or to comply with a court order

Contact

Would you like to get in touch or do you have any questions regarding treatment? We are there for you, with straightforward and confidential help.

+41 58 360 50 00
You can contact us from Monday to Friday from 8am to 6pm.
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Frequently asked questions

Am I drinking too much?

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The World Health Organisation recommends a maximum amount of 0.5 to 0.6 litres of beer or 0.5 to 0.3 litres of wine per day for men, and half these amounts for women. Furthermore, to prevent physical dependence from developing, it is advisable to have at least two alcohol-free days per week.

If you are a woman, you are likely to feel the effects of alcohol more quickly. Alcohol is held in body water, not body fat. A female body has a lower percentage of water and a higher percentage of fat than a male body. That means the alcohol is more concentrated in a woman’s body. Adolescents too are more susceptible to the harmful effects of alcohol.

At what stage your alcohol consumption is starting to be harmful also depends on your age and your general state of health. The use of additional substances plays an important role as well.

Continued regular alcohol consumption is more likely to develop into alcohol dependence than ‘binge drinking’, when every two weeks or more, five or more units are drunk in a short space of time. However, this is no less dangerous and harms the body in similar ways.

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