About alcoholism

According to the World Health Organisation, WHO, alcoholism is one of the major health problems in the developed world. Alcoholism is commonly seen as a learned behavioural disorder – the more and longer one drinks, the greater the possibility of learning a destructive drinking pattern will become. Alcohol will gradually be associated with ever increasing number of situations, thoughts and feelings. At some point in this process one can be classified as an alcoholic. It is possible for almost everyone to learn to drink excessively – it only requires enough practice.

Alcohol affects both mental and physical functioning. Routine drinking can also lead to dependence. In such a manner alcohol becomes associated with day to day routines, alcohol resistance grows, and larger amounts are consumed. Coping with regular day to day events can seem hard.

The Contral method treats the craving for alcohol and reduces consumption gradually during the treatment. This approach reduces the occurrence of unpleasant side effects like shaking, nervousness, sleeplessness etc. often encountered in common abstinence-oriented treatments.

Are you an alcoholic or do you think you just drink too much? Or does someone you know have problems with alcohol?


When taking this Audit-10 test (consists of 10 questions), you will get a rough assessment of the impact of your alcohol consumption and what kind of risks might be related to it. Please pick the option that best describes your situation.

The undesired effects of alcohol can be divided into two main groups:

  • the long-term effects of continuous drinking and
  • the effects of single drinking experiences.
  • Best known long-term effects are:

  • Depression
  • Diseases of the nervous system
  • High blood pressure
  • Chirrosis of the liver
  • Pancreatic diseases
  • Weakening of cognitive skills
  • Examples of the risks involved in single experiences are:

  • Overdosing (alcohol poisoning)
  • Violence
  • Various accidents
  • Drowning
  • Your goals can be:

  • Reducing alcohol consumption amounts or
  • full abstinence
  • Often family members do their best to help overcome alcohol dependence, but alcohol does not seem to let go easily. It is important to turn to a professional for proper relief of the problem. When alcohol dependence is broken abruptly and without aftercare the drinking problem often reoccurs in the long term.

    "The most important thing is that the patient commits to the goal they set."

    Drinking problems can occur just as well in young people as well as in older people. The growing problem is that young people drink more and more, and thus the problem just increases. At ContrAl we try to help those who have already entered the drinking cycle. Our treatment is suitable for all people with drinking disorders, from teenagers to the elderly.