“There’s a lot of social anxiety,” says the doctor.
“People feel uncomfortable talking about their own drinking habits.”
Dr. Prakash is one of the few doctors to treat alcoholics and the majority of them have been drinking themselves to death, a fact that has been known for years, but until recently, was rarely acknowledged.
“I think it’s a very real issue, because a lot people don’t want to talk about it, because it’s seen as taboo, and that can be quite difficult to overcome,” he says.
Dr. Srinivasan is a licensed alcoholics counsellor in Toronto and has treated about a dozen people in his clinic.
His job is to talk to them about the symptoms, how to handle it and how to keep going.
“The thing that is unique to me is I’ve been in the industry for a long time, and I’ve seen a lot more of these issues, and it’s not just the physical side, but the mental side too,” he said.
“There are a lot different aspects to alcohol addiction.
So if I can help you understand how these problems can develop, and how they can affect you in a positive way, I think it can be a very positive thing.”
Dr Srinasans advice to his patients is simple: get over it.
“If it’s something that’s bothering you, or you’re having a difficult time coping with, then just get over your problems and go on with your life,” he advises.
Dr Sulkanta, the other doctor at the centre, agrees.
“The most important thing I can say is just don’t be afraid of drinking,” he told CBC.
“Don’t feel ashamed, don’t feel anxious, don’st give up on yourself.
Just get over drinking and live your life, because the only way you’re going to recover is through your work and your relationships.”