People who are suffering from a drink problem are putting themselves at risk of a number of problems that may require treatment through international health insurance policies.
According to an Addaction spokesman, some of these are heart and liver problems, cancer and raised blood pressure.
Some of the other ailments that are linked to alcohol misuse include pancreatitis and severe gum disease.
Furthermore, other issues such as domestic violence are more likely to occur when people have drank, the spokesman pointed out, suggesting "families and relationships" can be harmed through alcohol abuse.
The representative argued that people who believe they could be developing a drinking problem ought to speak to their doctor or to a drug and alcohol treatment charity.
Some people can develop alcoholism in older ages, such as following a divorce, death or when children move home, the spokesman asserted.
He said: "They are using alcohol to cope with feelings of loneliness."