Counselling and Pastoral Care of Alcohol Abuse and Addiction


Patterns of the consumption of alcohol vary enormously in different countries and social groups in Europe. We will look at the difference between healthy and unhealthy drinking patterns, how to recognize misuse and addiction and how to get help.  Abuse of alcohol is often a way of coping with depression, anxiety, trauma, and marriage problems, but of course it only makes the situation worse by adding financial and eventually physical problems.  There are no quick fixes but there are ways of helping people in counselling, support groups, and in the pastoral care of the church, to move towards healing and health.