Consumption in everyday life
NOTE: Quotes are presented word for word apart from minor editing for readability and clarity. Identifying details have been removed. Square brackets show text that has been added, e.g. ‘I want to maintain [my current level of consumption]’. Ellipses within square brackets […] show where text has been removed, e.g. ‘Counselling was good but […] I would have liked more information about other treatment options’.
The people interviewed for this website talk in detail about how consuming alcohol or another drug contributes to their everyday lives. Benefits and drawbacks are discussed, as well as how consuming fits in with other activities, such as going to work, studying or spending time with friends and family. The benefits and drawbacks our participants identify vary according to the drug, individual circumstances and the context of consumption. Some say that regular alcohol or other drug use can sometimes disrupt parts of everyday life, producing unwanted effects. For example, some describe how regular consumption led to addiction or dependence (see also What is addiction or dependence?). Others say it led to mental or physical health issues or made an existing condition worse (see also Living with illness or a health condition; Living with a mental health condition). Strategies for avoiding these and other unwanted effects are also described (see also Changing patterns of consumption).