UK Alcohol

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 27.01.2015 | 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 26.01.2015 | 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.

Becoming Teetotal: Just Like a Messy Break-up

Jon Young | Posted 25.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jon Young

When I speak to people about my sobriety, they imagine either that I am fighting a constant battle against temptation or that I no longer have any thoughts about drinking at all. The reality is somewhere in between. The best way to describe it is through the metaphor of something most of us can relate to - a relationship with an ex-partner, from the initial meet, to the aftermath of the break-up.

The 10 Signs That Tell You It's Time to Stop Drinking

Rachel Black | Posted 19.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Rachel Black

Those around you stop giving you a hard time about your drinking and allow you to drink. They know you need a certain amount to function and do not wish to stand in the way of that.

Binge Drinking Ruining Your Life? It's Probably a Self Esteem Issue

Jon Young | Posted 18.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jon Young

I dreaded public speaking/presentations (I drunk about six pints before a best man's speech) because I knew I was being judged by onlookers. I was petrified of first dates and would drink four ales (sometimes five) beforehand. All social occasions would be accompanied by alcohol.

Celebrate Burns Night 2015 with a Haggis Manhattan

Michael Stringer | Posted 16.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Michael Stringer

After hours of experimentation with different ingredients and techniques I think I have finally found the perfect recipe which encompasses the true Scottish feel in a glass - this is my Haggis Manhattan!

Had One Too Many Last Night? Try Hangover Yoga...

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 15.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Hangovers are, generally speaking, the worst. Hangover yoga, on the other hand, might just make the alcohol-induced headaches and nauseousness well wo...

The Call of the Pub Crawl: Trepidation and Intemperance in East London

Harry Cockburn | Posted 12.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Harry Cockburn

In the throes of a wild drinking evening, you become the hero of your own depraved drama. Shirts are trifling details. A human in the grip of a fully realised pub crawl is on an expedition into the dark unknown.

Six Surprising Side Effects of Sobriety

Rachel Black | Posted 12.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Rachel Black

You have a perpetual supply of wine to recycle as gifts. Yes, people still give me bottles of the stuff; they 'forget' that I 'don't really drink anymore' and still do not believe the 'No, not ever, not even one' part of the answer.

The Inconvenient Truth About Women, Alcohol & Sexual Assault

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 08.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Carrie Armstrong

There are some lessons a woman never wants to learn. That cannot be unlearned. That stain with an indelible ink you have to just learn to accept as a part of your new history. There are some parts of ourselves we build a cage around.

6 Hangover Cures That Actually Work

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 05.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle

If you're still nursing a sore head from the weekend then firstly, we salute you for partying hard and secondly, we know a way to stop this from happe...

Why Cutting Back On Booze Should Be Your Priority In 2015

PA / The Huffington Post UK | Posted 29.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle

As far as New Year's resolutions are concerned, cutting back on alcohol is up there with the most popular (hands up if you've promised to drink less n...

One More Reason To Love Red Wine

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 23.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Resveratrol, an antioxidant found in nuts, grapes and red wine, has long been associated with a range of health benefits such as cutting the risk of h...

#MadFriday: Brace Yourselves For One Of Britain's Booziest Nights

Huffington Post UK/ PA | Sara C Nelson | Posted 19.12.2014 | UK

Tonight is set to be one of the busiest nights of the year as hordes of revellers are expected to hit bars and clubs for "Mad Friday". Also known a...

What Is Sober Clubbing Really Like?

The Huffington Post UK | Kate Samuelson | Posted 11.12.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Could you face the sticky floors, perpetual pushing and tinnitus-inducing music of student clubs without a "vodka blanket"? These three freshers have ...

Most People Who Die Of Liver Disease Tend To Drink Little And Often

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 10.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Many people enjoy a tipple after work. The reality is that half of that bottle of wine or those few bottles of beer, which seem harmless enough, could...

Why You Probably Shouldn't Drive The Morning After A Night Out

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 09.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle

'Tis the season to be jolly, but 'tis not the season to wake up the morning after a night out and start driving. Why? Because you're (probably) over t...

There's No Such Thing As A 'Beer Blanket'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 08.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Next time someone tells you that they don't need a coat because they'll soon be wearing a beer or wine blanket, tell them to turn around, go back into...

Giving Up Drinking for Christmas (Part 1)

Kirsten Brown | Posted 04.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Kirsten Brown

I just want to see if I can; I want to hang around with people in pubs, and go to parties, and see if I can manage it all and have a good time doing these things, all the while being sober as a judge.