HOW PREVALENT IS THE DRINKING CULTURE IN JAPAN?
For the 70 year old house wife perhaps not very however for the city life worker looking to work their way up the corporate ladder then heavy drinking is a lot more common and in many cases can be problematic. Business lunches with work colleagues and clients can frequently involve consumption of alcohol and sometimes in large quantities on a regular basis. Major cities such as; Tokyo, Osaka, Yokohama, Nagoya, Kobe, and Sapporo are areas frequented by many expat workers, and local corporate executives. Given the work hard play hard mentality many of these people living or working in Japan would not even consider themselves or their colleagues to have a problem with alcohol and put it down to being just part of the culture.
WHY DO SO FEW PEOPLE IN JAPAN SEEK PROFESSIONAL HELP FOR ALCOHOL PROBLEM?
Many of our online counselling clients working or living in Japan report that initially first admitted then asking for help with alcohol problem very difficult as they felt that not being able to stop drinking on their own was a sign of weakness, lack of will power or moral failing. Because many people we found living in Japan have similar thought processes the local counselling services specifically dealing with alcohol are limited even in the major cities like; Tokyo, Osaka, Yokohama, Nagoya, Kobe and Sapporo where one would expect local resources to be available.
WHAT SUPPORT OR PROFESSIONAL SERVICES ARE AVAILABLE IN JAPAN?
The main local support in Japan for help with alcoholism is through local AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) meetings which can be found online at
With the shortage of treatment centres in Japan, the fear of judging from others then many people are very receptive to alcohol rehab alternatives that often include 12 Step meetings as mentioned above as well as remote counselling and therapy services online available no matter where you reside in Japan.
HOW TO GET CONFIDENTIAL ALCOHOL COUNSELLING IN JAPAN?
With advances in modern technology is not just those living in remote areas or Japan who search the internet for counselling services online for help with drinking or alcohol problem. Finding a therapist in major cities such as Tokyo, Osaka and Yokohama may be slightly easier than Nagoya, Kobe, Nagoya or Sapporo however with long working hours and fear of confidentiality being broken alcohol therapy online with professional native English speaking counsellors is on the increase. How to Treat Addiction operates globally and offers help and support online for many addictions including alcohol.
All of our online therapists have many years both professional and direct personal experience of addiction whether that be drugs, alcohol, gambling or even stress and burn out which is very common with work addiction in countries throughout Asia including Hong Kong, Singapore and Japan.