There are many individuals in Canada, who are addicted to alcohol, but are in denial. These alcoholics are sometimes quite difficult to detect because they hide their alcohol problems very well. One kind of alcoholic is an abuser who drinks only on weekends. Sometimes, these people are thought to be “party animals”, however the truth of the matter is that they are geared to drink on weekends, only. These individuals do not feel that they are alcoholics, because they do not drink through the week. They hold down a regular job, help with their family obligations, etc, making them appear to be the perfect person, when in fact they patiently wait until weekends so that they can fulfill their addiction needs. Some of these individuals party at friends’ homes, while others go to restaurants and/ or bars, where still others drink at home. Whatever the case, these persons are usually not labeled alcoholics. This is what makes it so difficult to help them. The longer they practice weekend binging, the more difficult that it becomes for them to keep their problems under control.
Canadian officials are attempting to fight this type of alcohol problem. They have found that prevention, treatment, and punishment all work hand in hand in reducing binge drinkers. Preventive programs are creating awareness in regard to weekend drinking. Canadian agencies are attempting to educate their population at an earlier age than in the past. They feel that this will help many individuals to think before they begin drinking on a regular basis. These programs focus on weekend binge drinking, and the problems that can arise from such actions. For those already addicted individuals, there are many treatment and/ or rehab facilities within the borders of Canada to help with a “cure”. These centers are licensed and medically staffed to deal with the problems and addictive behavior of alcoholics. Of course, each alcoholic must take responsibility for his/her problem in order for the treatment to have a successful and/ or positive end result. Another method of reducing binge drinking is by stricter punishments for DUI offenses. This warns individuals that harsh repercussions, maybe even jail time, will result when driving under the influence.
All of the above methods work together to help decrease the abuse of alcohol. Canadian officials are dedicated to this cause and are not giving up! Their goal is to have a “drug free” country in the near future. It is a tough battle to fight; one that they are determined to win!