Carrie Armstrong
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Hi, I’m Carrie, I’m a TV Presenter. That’s what I do. Who I am is a girl that was told never to expect to get her life back after spending half my Twenties housebound and then in a wheelchair. What I did was prove everyone who told me this wrong.

What I do now is show anyone who needs it how to get from where I was physically to where I am now. Out of the bed, out of the chair and back into the world strong, healthy and confident. Their very own Life After. If I can do it, anyone can do it. Three years ago my own mother used to dress and feed me, I needed constant care and full time support. Now I’m on National TV. Walking, working, living and loving every minute of it.

Entries by Carrie Armstrong

Can NFL London Be A British Affair?

(0) Comments | Posted 17 July 2014 | (15:45)

NFL is coming to London properly this year giving us 3 games to watch on our own turf, and there's only one place in the UK that we can have ourselves a proper game of American Football. Wembley. Nowhere else is adequately equipped. It's inevitable that NFL will have a...

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The Truth About Fattist Folk

(10) Comments | Posted 14 July 2014 | (00:00)

A mean lady wrote a pretty terrible confessional in the Daily Mail this week. And when you have a habit of talking about women and body image as I do, then the phone starts to ring with people asking you to discuss things like that.

Except I don't...

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Magaluf Sex Acts, Lord of the Flies and Why Raising the Legal Drinking Age Won't Work

(0) Comments | Posted 9 July 2014 | (14:50)

There's been a massive outcry this week over the young lass who allegedly performed sex acts on 24+ blokes in a nightclub in Magaluf. A lot of people seem to think it's an indication of our crumbling society. Part of the dangers of drinking. Others have ignored the...

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Starting With a Stop Is F*cking Up Your Sobriety

(0) Comments | Posted 7 July 2014 | (10:00)

I'm going to stop this time.

It's Monday. Which for a lot of people means at the worst a mild case of sadness that the weekend is over and work starts again.

Not if you are struggling over sobriety.

It's over now. For good.

For you it's the morning where...

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Stop Blaming Advertising for Your Alcohol Abuse

(0) Comments | Posted 2 July 2014 | (13:01)

So you drink too much. and your kids drink too much. But it's definitely not your fault though. Right?

Bullsh*t.

The biggest reason we have such a prolific alcohol abuse problem is because we refuse to take responsibility for our own actions. The reason that any attempts at sobriety are...

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A Royal Hangover - The Documentary About Drinking That's Actually Worth a Watch

(0) Comments | Posted 27 June 2014 | (13:38)

There are seemingly sh*tloads of documentaries made about the British Drinking culture. Or Booze Britain. Or whatever words you enjoy sticking a hashtag in front of and calling it a thing.

I get maybe one request a month from production companies wanting to do some filming about alcohol abuse specifically...

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Should I Get Sober Online?

(0) Comments | Posted 29 May 2014 | (00:00)

I remember when I finally admitted I had a major problem with alcohol.

No. I mean the real time. Not the occasions I'd woken up with the worst head injuries or biggest blackouts and tried to frighten myself into sobriety. I mean the actual, proper real time. The one where...

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Why a Nutritionist Is NOT the Answer to Orthorexia Nervosa

(1) Comments | Posted 24 May 2014 | (00:00)

So you've finally admitted it to yourself. It's probably not that normal to feel physical fear about food. It's possibly not quite right to spend most of the day obsessing about what you should be eating, spending hours searching on the internet for people who agree with you, then feeling...

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Why Do Children Drink More in the North East?

(1) Comments | Posted 20 May 2014 | (00:00)

A little while back I was having a bit of a chat about underage drinking on BBC Tees. We'd covered most content and were saying our goodbye's when I was asked the perfectly reasonable question "Why do children drink more in the North East?"

Sh*t...

Erm...

It's a...

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This Idiots Guide to Asking for Help in Recovery

(1) Comments | Posted 9 May 2014 | (00:00)

You are not fine.

Geordie dads are men of few words. Mine is no exception. This generally works in their favour as you tend to remember the things they say when they do decide to speak. Like when you are sat with your extended family and they are marvelling at...

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The Birthday Wall of Grief

(2) Comments | Posted 24 March 2014 | (23:00)

It's my birthday this week. The week I tend to think of more as Achilles heel week. Please-pass-the-Kryptonite week. Do-not-pass-go-do-not-collect-£200-week.

You get the idea.

Birthdays have changed for me. I celebrated my last one at 26. After that most of them were spent indoors until around 30. Even when I...

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Can We All Stop Whining Like B*tches About the Difference Between Recovering and Recovered?

(1) Comments | Posted 16 March 2014 | (23:00)

There are few thing that make me want to swallow my own face with boredom more than the ridiculous, totally unnecessary, inane whining that goes on in recovery circles between those who describe themselves as a 'recovering' alcoholic, and those who call themselves 'recovered'.

Only in those circles. Obviously. No...

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Size Does Matter in Sobriety

(0) Comments | Posted 4 March 2014 | (13:39)

We are obsessed with length in sobriety. How long have you been sober? When is your sobriety date? How many days, weeks, months do you "have"?

Size does matter in sobriety: length is irrelevant though.

Width is everything

How wide is your sobriety? What does it encompass?

It becomes obvious...

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Why We Need Neknominate

(4) Comments | Posted 18 February 2014 | (14:44)

This week brings with it the third death by neknomination.

Not the last though. Obviously.

Presumably you don't wile away your days locked in a sensory deprivation tank so you know what neknominate is. But on the off chance you don't:

It's a 21st century version of playing Dare, except...

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Why Kick It Out Is My Valentine

(0) Comments | Posted 14 February 2014 | (11:49)

I can't understand you when you all talk at once

We all assume the worst part of another person's recovery is the most dramatic. Tales of being fed and dressed by a carer. Being so thin your body is covered in bruises where your bones meet mattress. Possibly the hour...

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My Apologies to Those With Actual Diseases

(22) Comments | Posted 2 February 2014 | (23:00)

Things that alcoholism is: Horrible, Wasteful. Frightening.

Not a disease.

A lifestyle choice.

And it's important to establish the difference.

Because we spend so much time calling this lifestyle choice, this action we take, a disease - that we skip over the obvious - it's an action that gives us...

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Are You Actually Drinking "at" Something Though?

(3) Comments | Posted 15 January 2014 | (23:00)

There are so many catchphrases in Recovery. Sobriety. Abstaining. Whatever you want to call it. So many buzzwords.

I have a mistrust of buzzwords.

I prefer it when people use longer sentences so I know that they also know what the f*ck they are talking about. Buzzwords are very easy...

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Dry January

(1) Comments | Posted 2 January 2014 | (23:00)

Dry January? Don't Bother.

Or rather, if you are going to do it? Do it f*cking properly.

It's January, We are fat, broke, tired. Seems like a good enough excuse to raise some cash for a good cause and have a few early nights, yes?

No. Just no.

Do dry...

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How to Lie Your Sober Ass Off Through Your Christmas Party

(0) Comments | Posted 10 December 2013 | (23:00)

'Tis the season to make a total arse of ourselves at the Christmas Party. Yes?

Doesn't have to be that way.

How we react to the upcoming season of merriment is a good indicator of where we are on the sliding scale of alcohol abuse. If we are at the...

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Why Alcohol Awareness Week Does More Harm Than Good

(0) Comments | Posted 21 November 2013 | (15:40)

It's Alcohol Awareness Week. So I spent it in the binge drinking capital of Europe.

Yes. I went home.

I had something different lined up each day. I went to conferences. Listened. I sat and watched discussions on alcohol policies.

Yes. It was as dull as it sounds.

I...

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