Many individuals become addicted to alcohol for various reasons. Some begin drinking as part of a hedonistic lifestyle, while others resort to alcohol as a form of escapism. Alcohol is prohibited in Kuwait but many Kuwaitis and expatriates consume alcohol in the privacy of their homes, away from the public eye to avoid legal repercussions.
Physician at Mubarak Hospital Dr. Fawaz Farhan provided Al Watan Daily with the definition of alcoholism and the number of units consumed by a moderate drinker and the number of units consumed by alcoholics. Dr. Farhan explained, “A glass or two for the male per day is fine; anything exceeding that is considered to be alcohol abuse. As for females, the safe number of drinks per day is one, anything exceeding that is considered to be abuse.”
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