Alcoholism in Dubai
There are several countries whereby there are less National Citizens than foreigners and Dubai is much the same.
Dubai is the second largest city in the UAE after Abu Dhabi. It presently covers an area of 1600 square miles and is growing, daily. The population is over 2.7 Million people who are made of mostly Indians, Pakistani’s, Bangladeshis, Filipinos as well as smaller numbers of Egyptians, Nepalis, Sri Lankans, and Iranians. Only 8% of the population are Emirati.
All UAE States have a drinking restriction for anyone under 21 years of age, except in Abu Dhabi where its 18 years of age and in Sharjah, drinking is illegal!
It has been reported by the World Health Organisation that UAE drinkers consume almost double global alcohol average. The consumption rate of pure alcohol a year per person 7 years ago, was 32.8 litres which is twice as much as countries like the United Kingdom. This report included expatriate residents and the worst offenders of excessive drinking was reported to be in Saudi Arabia
Despite stringent and somewhat confusing alcohol laws in Dubai there is a growing population of alcoholics and drug addicts. Alcohol related road traffic accidents are on the increase in Dubai. Regardless of the laws and certain groups having to have a liquor licence to buy alcohol it is clearly not stopping or even slowing down the alcohol problem that exists across the UAE. Denial exists in any country when it comes to addiction and yet it does seem particularly bad in Dubai and that there is an expectation or even hope that stringent laws will get the situation under control. On the surface, it may seem under control because unlike many other countries you rarely, if ever see a person under the influence in public in Dubai. If it’s not on the streets, then it must be under control! Unfortunately, nothing could be further from the truth.
Alcohol withdrawal is the changes the body goes through when a person suddenly stops drinking after prolonged and heavy alcohol use. Symptoms include trembling (shakes), insomnia, anxiety and other physical and mental symptoms.
Alcohol has a slowing effect (also called a sedating effect or depressant effect) on the brain. In a heavy, long-term drinker, the brain is almost continually exposed to the depressant effect of alcohol. Over time, the brain adjusts its own chemistry to compensate for the effect of the alcohol. It does this by producing naturally stimulating chemicals (such as serotonin or norepinephrine, which is a relative of adrenaline) in larger quantities than normal. If the alcohol is withdrawn suddenly, the brain is like an accelerated vehicle that has lost its brakes. Not surprisingly, most symptoms of withdrawal are symptoms that occur when the brain is overstimulated.
The most dangerous form of alcohol withdrawal occurs in about 1 out of every 20 people who have withdrawal symptoms. This condition is called delirium tremens (also called DTs). In delirium tremens, the brain is not able to smoothly readjust its chemistry after alcohol is stopped. This creates a state of temporary confusion and leads to dangerous changes in the way your brain regulates your circulation and breathing. The body’s vital signs such as your heart rate or blood pressure can change dramatically or unpredictably, creating a risk of heart attack, stroke or death.