I personally feel that alcohol causes lots of harm in our society. My view on this has hardened as I have got older and have learned first hand in practice about the medical and social harm it can cause.
Collectively we have a very odd relationship with the substance. Our culture disarms the potential harms from the drug and I am almost certain if it was a drug that was discovered today it would not be legalised for recreational use.
I think many people who become dependent on alcohol do so for a myriad of complex reasons.
It is in this context that I write this dilemma.
A story about how a pharmacist struggles to control their relationship with alcohol. The responsibility that comes with being a pharmacist and the inevitable pressurised situations that result mean that I feel this type of situation is probably more common than we think.
It is up to you to decide at each stage what action the pharmacist needs to take if any.
So as you read and take part in this collaborative peer exercise take a moment to consider those friends, colleagues or family members around you and look a bit closer. Pause a minute or two.
Do they need support?
Do they need your help?