UK Alcohol

100 Years Of Cocktails From Whiskey Sours To Cosmopolitans

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 09.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle

We've seen 100 years of beauty and 100 years of fashion unfold in front of our eyes, but it's not just our appearances that have changed in the last c...

How to Moderate Your Drinking After Dry January

Laura Willoughby | Posted 01.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Laura Willoughby

It is hard to contemplate never drinking again. I always tell people that I am getting back on the gin and tonic again when I am 80. Many of us are not physically addicted, but habitually using, and used to drinking. So it must be possible to moderate. Lots of people do. But just like the planning you did to take a month off, you need to plan your moderation.

Alcohol and Risk: When Will Alcohol Start to Damage My Health?

Dr Wayne Osborne | Posted 28.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Wayne Osborne

Remaining alcohol free for a month is an achievement, which deserves to be rewarded, but compensatory drinking is not what Dry January is trying to advocate. A healthy attitude towards consumption (not necessarily total abstinence) is something which should be practiced during every month of the year to reap lasting health benefits.

An Opportunity to Reduce How Much Alcohol You Drink

Professor Kevin Fenton | Posted 27.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Professor Kevin Fenton

The UK has recently revised the alcohol consumption guidelines, changing from a daily limit to a weekly one and advising that men and women should drink no more than 14 units per week.

What I Noticed When I Stopped Drinking for a Year

Catherine Davies | Posted 25.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Catherine Davies

During January I turned up the dial on healthy - I didn't so much focus on not drinking but rather on making my life so jam packed full of healthy and nutritious things that there simply wouldn't be room for the rest.

Man Falls Asleep Mid-Wine Night After Night, Wife Has Camera On Hand

The Huffington Post UK | Brogan Driscoll | Posted 22.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle

A glass or two of wine on the sofa after a long day will make even the best of us feel a little sleepy, but one man is unable to resist falling asleep...

Alcoholics Reveal The Moment They Knew They Had A Problem In Powerful Confessions

The Huffington Post UK | George Bowden | Posted 20.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle

People with drink problems are sharing the moment they realised booze had taken over their lives in a brutally honest AskReddit thread. Asked for d...

The River Cottage Drinking Game

Jonnie Bayfield | Posted 18.01.2016 | UK Comedy
Jonnie Bayfield

Firstly prepare your beverage of choice (I personally like an organic cider from a local producer) Then, on a second platter, prepare a roulette of shot's (I personally use a organic celeriac vodka).

Teens 'More Likely To Drink And Smoke' Because Of YouTube, Researchers Warn

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 15.01.2016 | UK Parents

Teenagers are being "heavily exposed" to content featuring alcohol and tobacco in YouTube music videos, new research suggests. Researchers stated t...

Why Dry January Could 'Do More Harm Than Good'

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 14.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle

A health expert has argued that Dry January might actually do "more harm than good" and said that, despite it's popularity, "it doesn't necessarily me...

It's Official - Alcohol Intake Causes Confusion

Nick Jones | Posted 12.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Nick Jones

Like most everyone else in the British Isles, I was disappointed to discover last week that booze really is bad for us... at least, that's the latest line from the Government, as they promoted the updated guidelines on low-risk drinking for the UK.

Boozy Britain: Are We Encouraging Alcoholism in Our Youth?

Angeli Bhandal | Posted 11.01.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Angeli Bhandal

Now I enjoy several drinks as much as the next student, but how much is too much? With many uni events solely based on alcohol, I find myself sympathising with those who don't drink - there is very little left in uni culture if you don't 'down it, fresher'!

9 Confusing Messages About Alcohol And Health From The Last Five Years

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 08.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Chief medical officers were accused of "scaremongering" on Friday after they released new guidelines around alcohol. The new guidelines suggest men...

From #eineArmlänge to Friends of Friends : Why does Harassment Seem So Rife During the Holiday Season?

Rhiannon Walsh | Posted 08.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Rhiannon Walsh

If any of these occurrences had been done by a stranger or a random club-goer I would probably have shouted or slapped or let the Irish rage bubbling up inside erupt. Instead I kept quiet and for the most part, laughed it off. So as not to cause unnecessary drama amongst friendships or to maintain a polite-ish persona.

Why the Smug Sober B*st*rd Brigade Must Be Stopped

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 08.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Carrie Armstrong

We've all been told to drink a sh*tload less. Because 20 years ago, the last time these guidelines were composed, most people did drink less. Usually for socioeconomic reasons though, let's be honest. And maybe some folk will drink less. But I know one thing that will put lots of people off doing so. The Smug Sober B*st*rd Brigade.

The Government Is Changing the Drinking Guidelines - Can That Be Good For Us?

Dr Tony Rao | Posted 08.01.2016 | UK
Dr Tony Rao

So, is there really a large evidence base to support any new recommendations? Perhaps they might even stay the same, or recommend different limits for different populations. Surely there is no safe limit in pregnancy or for older people?

'The Doctors Thought I Was Brain Dead' Student Warns Of Binge Drinking Dangers In Moving Blog

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 08.01.2016 | UK Universities & Education

When Hanna Lottritz woke up on July 27 last year, she thought it would be like any other day. She had breakfast and prepared for a day out with her fr...

New Reduced Alcohol Guidelines Dismissed As 'Scaremongering'

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 08.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Chief medical officers have come under fire after issuing new guidelines that reduce the recommended level of alcohol consumption. The new recommen...

The Best Drinks Around the World

Ryan Cheti | Posted 07.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Ryan Cheti

I've always asserted that the best thing about food and drink is its ability to offer such an honest window into the many different cultures you experience on your travels. Whenever I visit somewhere new (or familiar!), I insist on trying the local foods, beers and spirits - sometimes you end up with something questionable, but it's always fascinating and inspiring.

How to Avoid the Dark Side of Dry January

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 06.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Carrie Armstrong

Those whom historically would have had a couple of glasses in the evening, were completing Dry January and resuming their original drinking habits, only to find they wanted to drink far more in case there would be no more later on. Creating a lack and scarcity mentality that was proving difficult to break.

Dear Government Folk, This Is How You Can Stop Us Drinking Two Days a Week

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 01.01.2016 | UK Politics
Carrie Armstrong

I woke up this morning to the nice newsreader lad on the telly informing me that you'd decided we should all stop drinking for two days a week, due to new guidelines you'd had a go at making. I waited eagerly for the second part of your plan. I waited and waited. But that was it. That was your idea. Just don't drink.

MPs May Have A Serious Drinking Problem But John Bercow Doesn't Want You To Know

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 01.01.2016 | UK Politics

House of Commons speaker John Bercow has been accused of suppressing reports that reveal the scale of MPs' alcohol problems. Documents which are th...

A & Es Shouldn't Be Left to Cope With Alcohol Misuse

Lord Victor Adebowale | Posted 31.12.2015 | UK
Lord Victor Adebowale

Problem drinking is never just about alcohol. Drinking is often a crutch for other underlying factors. Mental health issues, low self-esteem and stress can drive people to consume alcohol to a harmful degree in the first place.

Most Bottles Of Wine Contain More Alcohol Than Label States, Study Suggests

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 31.12.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Wine-lovers could have drunk more than they bargained for over the holiday season, as a new study has lifted the lid on the accuracy of wine labels. ...

New Year's Eve Cocktails

Linda Duffin | Posted 31.12.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Linda Duffin

Years ago we had a cocktail party which one friend still refers to as The Lost Weekend. Our errors were threefold. First, we had forgotten that in our parents' generation, such parties lasted only a couple of hours and then people would sensibly go out for dinner. We made our guests drink cocktails all night.