Alcohol problems: 'I want help from the doctor but he won't see me if I'm over the limit'

Alcohol problems: 'I want help from the doctor but he won't see me if I'm over the limit'

Steven spoke about his problems with alcohol (Stock image)

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

A caller has spoken out about the problems and struggles he's faced due to alcohol.

Recent figures have shown that in 2015-16, half a million adults aged between 55 and 74 were admitted to hospitals in England with alcohol-related conditions. This is more admissions than any of the other age groups.

Caller Steven spoke to Paul Ross about the struggles with alcohol he's been facing for 30 years and explained that his problems with drink started when he moved to Germany at the age of 14.

He said: "I drink constantly. Of course, I’ve got health problems. My kidneys hurt. I’m sick in the morning."

Steven also revealed that every relationship he's had has ended "because of booze because that girl has been the girl that’s always thought 'I’ll stop him drinking' and it’s never worked."

He has been to rehab a few times, but said: "I’m not resigned [to this life]. There’s no point giving up, because you’ve got to keep trying."

However, Steven explained: "I go to my doctors now I have to do a breathalyzer when I get to my doctors. If the breathalyzer is over 35, which is the legal driving limit he doesn’t see me. Well, I go to the doctors because I’m an alcoholic and I want help."

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