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Addiction is defined as not having control over doing, taking or using something to the point where it could be harmful to you. Addiction is most commonly associated with gambling, drugs, alcohol and nicotine, but it's possible to be addicted to just about anything, including:

  • work – some people are obsessed with their work to the extent that they become physically exhausted; if your relationship, family and social life are affected and you never take holidays, you may be addicted to work
  • internet – as computer and mobile phone use has increased, so too have computer and internet addictions; people may spend hours each day and night surfing the internet or gaming while neglecting other aspects of their lives
  • solvents – volatile substance abuse is when you inhale substances such as glue, aerosols, petrol or lighter fuel to give you a feeling of intoxication
  • shopping – shopping becomes an addiction when you buy things you don't need or want to achieve a buzz; this is quickly followed by feelings of guilt, shame or despair

Employees have an individual responsibility to take reasonable care of themselves and others who could be affected by their actions in the workplace.


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Men and women are advised not to drink more than 14 units a week on a regular basis.

You should have at least 2 alcohol free days a week.

14 units is equivalent to 6 pints of average strength beer or 10 small glasses of low strength wine.

See the guide below to find out how many units are in your favourite tipple.

Alcohol Units

*Gin, rum, vodka, whisky, tequila, sambuca. Large (35ml) single measures of spirits are 1.4 units.

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Agencies     .   Self-Help Resources


Addation Cornwall provides a range of services from advice & information, alcohol detoxification, 4-week Post-Alcohol Detoxification Programme, Open Access groups. Address: Trevint House,Strangeways Terrace,Truro, Cornwall,TR1 2PA. Tel: 01872 263001

If you are concerned about a younger member of your family, the Health Promotion Service are committed to ensuring young people in Cornwall & the Isles Of Scilly have clear and factual information around the effects of alcohol. They aim to equip young people with the knowledge and skills to make sensible choices for themselves. Tel: 01209 313419

FRANK offers a huge amount of information and practical advice. They cover everything from the highs, to the lows and everything in-between.Tel:0300 123 6600. This line is open 365 days a year 24/7. 

All kinds of useful information about alcohol and drinking, from fascinating facts to practical tips, to suit all kinds of people and occasions. On the site you will find the answers to your questions about alcohol units, and how many units are in real drinks and serving sizes, and you can check how the sensible drinking message applies to you and your life.

A six week online programme that tells you what you need to know to stay drinking safely.

Bosence is registered with the Care Quality Commission. We provide residential rehabilitation for those recovering from alcohol / drug dependence, within a safe, stable and tranquil setting with single bedrooms in a converted farmhouse. To be referred you need to submit an application either directly or through your Care Co-ordinator. For more information please click on the link to the Bosence: Freedom from Addiction leaflet. Tel: 01736 850006

  • Gambling Support

GamCare, a registered charity, is the leading national authority on the provision of treatment services for those adversely affected by problem gambling. Through online and telephone help lines, GamCare can offer advice, information, emotional support and signposting with an online forum and chat room facilitate mutual support. They may be able to provide face to face counselling through a network of GamCare-trained Partners and online; GamCare Counselling services are free to clients. For advice call 0845 6000 133 or visit the GamCare website.

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