UK Alcohol

Beware of Feeding Sharks

Louisa Leontiades | Posted 31.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Louisa Leontiades

I confess, there's a part of me which liked seeing someone else get drunk. It was terrible yet magnificent. I liked the thrill of being on the edge looking down at the feeding shark, in a frenzy of pain but also unbridled chaos and freedom.

Two Years Today

Rachel Black | Posted 30.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Rachel Black

In my life, alcohol is almost like a massive storm, a tornado even, whipping up chaos and destruction in its pathway with me tightly sucked into its vortex. The devastation so significant my life cleaved into two parts; before and after.

Going Teetotal for the Easter Holidays

Harry Maxwell | Posted 28.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Harry Maxwell

With the start of the Easter holidays, and my third year of exams, I've decided to officially start my 'dry spell'. I'm showing zero tolerance to alcohol and no-platforming it from my life. Why now? Because I figured it's a better time than any. I need to smash out some revision and hangovers are not conducive to this, while none of my friends are around to go out anyway.

Feminist Beer- The New Beverage That Doesn't Objectify Women

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 27.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle

When women appear in beer adverts, they tend to either be wearing bikinis and playing volleyball on a beach or winking seductively at a man across a b...

Vice Co-Founder: Females Shouldn't Go On Spring Break As They 'Can't Hold Their Booze As Well As Men'

The Huffington Post UK | James Beeson | Posted 27.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education

The co-founder of Vice magazine has sparker controversy by claiming that female students shouldn't attend Spring Break as they "can’t hold their boo...

Do You Know About the Dark Side of the Easter Bunny?

Debbie Bannigan | Posted 24.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Debbie Bannigan

Years ago, I worked for a charity that was linked to a major chocolate manufacturer. One of the perks of the job was a staff shop, where chocolate was available at a considerable discount. I learnt very quickly that it was a very bad idea for me to go to the shop, because I didn't save money, I just bought more chocolate. And I ate it.

Wine Becomes the Nation's Favourite Tipple - So Why Is It as Mystifying to the Majority of Us as Ever Before?

Tony Cooper | Posted 24.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Tony Cooper

After years of being looked down upon as a nation of lager lovers by our more refined European neighbours, our tastes seem to be maturing. Some 60 per cent of adults in the UK are now choosing wine over other alcoholic drinks, according to a recent poll.

This Is The Best Whisky In The World (And It's Not From Scotland)

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 23.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle

When you think of great whisky, what instantly springs to mind? We'd wager you weren't thinking about Taiwan. But, funnily enough, this cheeky litt...

Is That Why They Call It Memory Lane?

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 20.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Carrie Armstrong

Is that why they call it Memory Lane do you think? Because we make the past so narrow by filtering for it what suits us to remember? My drinking days were not all bad. Even in my worst of times. It's wrong of me to pretend otherwise.

Hangover-Free Wine Could Soon Be A Reality *Takes Giant Swig From Bottle*

The Huffington Post UK | Brogan Driscoll | Posted 18.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle

If you love wine, but hate hangovers then prepare to get the next round in... because hangover-free wine could soon be on the menu. Scientists beli...

Student Who Said 'It is Better to Die From Vodka Than From Boredom' Dies After Downing Vodka

The Huffington Post UK | Joty Chopra | Posted 17.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education

A Brazilian student who stated on his Facebook profile "it is better to die from vodka than from boredom", died after downing 25 shots of vodka in a d...

Too Terrified to Attend AA? What Really Happens at Your First Meeting.

Rachel Black | Posted 16.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Rachel Black

It struck me that I never before have I walked into any new club alone and have strangers spontaneously approach me, welcome me and introduce themselves. This does not happen at the gym or the school gates.

Wine of the Week: Louis Tete Chiroubles 2013

Tom Cannavan | Posted 10.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Tom Cannavan

This week's wine is a 'Cru', from Chiroubles, and it is a very different animal from Nouveau. Chiroubles has the highest of all vineyards in Beaujolais, where ancient plots of vines are harvested by hand to make wines that are much more savoury, much more serious than most Nouveau.

Alcoholism: The Secret to Long Life? Stop Drinking!

Xavier Toby | Posted 09.03.2015 | UK Comedy
Xavier Toby

I'm a big one for calling them out every time they trot out something as interesting, insightful and revolutionary, which is actually common sense, no sense or nonsense. Then this study comes along, and it's reaffirmed my faith in statistics everywhere. If mathematicians and scientists could design their own porn, it'd be a naked somebody rolling around on findings just like this.

Wine of the Week: J.P Ramos, Smart Dog Syrah 2013, Portugal

Tom Cannavan | Posted 09.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Tom Cannavan

All too often the 'Portuguese section' of a supermarket's wine shelves will be non existent, with just one or two Portuguese wines lumped in as 'Iberian', alongside dozens of others from their large neighbour to the east.

The Cost Of Living - Alcohol And The NHS Funding Debate

Dr Zoe Norris | Posted 08.03.2015 | UK Politics
Dr Zoe Norris

Every patient has a responsibility to safeguard their own health. There are a million ways to find out how to do this, but the NHS cannot enforce healthy living. Ultimately it is the responsibility of each individual. Ignoring the advice on weight, alcohol, smoking, and exercise is no longer an option. In order to continue providing a basic service, tough funding decisions have to be made. It is not only a small group of patients - drug users, alcoholics, whoever you deem it to be - who drain NHS resources; it is all of us by our actions every day.

Alcohol May Make Us More Attractive To Others

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 10.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Drinking one glass of wine can make you look more attractive - even if your date is sober. That's according to a new study, which reverses everythi...

Liver Disease: A Poverty-Based Health Crisis?

Jude Kirton-Darling | Posted 16.02.2015 | UK Politics
Jude Kirton-Darling

As Labour MEPs we are not willing to let medical research funding and policy be dictated by the wealth or strength of vested interests or particular parts of society. Politicians must ensure that those without a voice are heard, particularly as a silent epidemic emerges in our midst.

A Disappointing Valentine

Rachel Black | Posted 13.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Rachel Black

I was torn. Undecided. I had planned a trip to the cinema with a friend yet despite having you all to myself the last three nights, I was tempted. It was becoming routine, more serious but still, a very attractive proposition.

Durham Students To Be Breathalysed By Nightclubs Following River Deaths

The Huffington Post UK | Nick Winchester | Posted 12.02.2015 | UK Universities & Education

Durham University students will be breathalysed on nights out as part of a series of new safety measures being rolled out to tackle drinking related d...

Health Benefits Of Alcohol May Be Too Good To Be True

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 11.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Almost every month a study will suggest alcohol is good for our health, and each and every time we head to the pub feeling a little less guilty. Bu...

The Benefits of Going Alcohol Free

Sadie Brown | Posted 03.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sadie Brown

Me saying no to the offer of a Margarita is like Kate Middleton swearing - just wrong. But the truth of the matter is, I feel great not drinking. Amazing great, not just 'okay' great, I feel the babies in the Evian adverts. I am reborn anew.

Dry January. How Was It for You?

David Hall | Posted 05.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
David Hall

If we look at behavioural theory, there's evidence to suggest that the sceptics might be overstating the futility of January austerity. One of the most powerful forces in behaviour change is social norms, the simple idea that we are heavily influenced by what others do.

What 100 Days of Sobriety Taught Me About Life

Kevin Widdop | Posted 27.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Kevin Widdop

Dry January was never really too daunting, given three-quarters of October, November and December all passed in a state of complete sobriety. My dirty little secret - drinking coca cola at parties and telling white lies by hinting I had already had enough that night - is well and truly and out. I'm as sober as a judge, people.

How to Tell if You're an Alcoholic

Rachel Black | Posted 27.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Rachel Black

In the lead up to stopping drinking we will all have wondered if we do actually drink too much. A lot perhaps, but too much? That's something different.