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

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 16.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Carrie Armstrong

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'.

Is Alcohol at Primary School Discos a Bar Too Far?

Debbie Bannigan | Posted 13.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Debbie Bannigan

She told me that it was their usual habit to include a licensed bar at the 'family disco' and that she had not received any other negative feedback about it. Bottom line...I was wrong and had been put firmly in my place.

Puppy Saved From Antifreeze Poisoning... By Necking Bottle Of Vodka

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 11.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Charlie the Maltese terrier was just hours from death after he licked antifreeze from the floor of his owner's garage. But one quick-thinking vet ...

Size Does Matter in Sobriety

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 04.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Carrie Armstrong

Width in sobriety is new friends, fresh places, activities and perspectives. People who are very newly sober but have worked this out will not drink again. There a direct correlation between people who embrace a full sober life, (and this concept of width) and successful sobriety.

Neknoms and Death Stars: A Lethal Cocktail

Jamie Stangroom | Posted 30.04.2014 | UK Comedy
Jamie Stangroom

I was recently neknominated by a friend. For those of you who have been living on a desert island (that has no internet access) for the past couple of months, Neknominate is an internet-spread drinking game whereby the nominated drinks a pint of alcohol (often beer) and then passes on the nomination to someone else via social media...

Drinking in Pregnancy: When Is Enough, Enough?

Christina Franks | Posted 30.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Christina Franks

I was upfront with the doctor who confirmed Jonah's pregnancy at around six weeks about my alcohol consumption. He tried to alleviate my fears, telling me his wife didn't realise she was pregnant until she was five months gone. "We just don't know what the effects might be," he said, but you are far from the only one who gets drunk before they realise they are pregnant.

Why Friends Don't Neknominate Friends

Sinead Moore | Posted 28.04.2014 | UK Tech
Sinead Moore

It is not a game. It is a competition, and a very dangerous one at that. As the chain goes on, so too does the intensity of the videos. Those who back out or break the chain are ridiculed by their so-called friends. The cybershame of failing to live up to the nomination is putting increased peer pressure on youths to rise to this dangerous challenge.

Eating to Death and Bad Arguments Against Paying for NHS Treatment; Or, Injustice Shapes Our Behaviour

George Iordanou | Posted 28.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
George Iordanou

Surely you must know the adverse effects of bad diet and no exercise. Why should the taxpayer pay for what is, ultimately, the exercise of your freedom of choice? This is the question that Jeremy Paxman asked the former NHS chief Sir David Nicholson, when Nicholson went to Newsnight to describe his transition from being the head of the NHS to becoming yet another NHS patient with diabetes.

Williams Chase Gin: The Distillery Tour

Rebecca Williams | Posted 26.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rebecca Williams

I love Chase Gin SO much I travelled for hours to visit a muddy farm in Herefordshire to discover where the magic happens.

Twenty-Five Cocktails To Drink Before You Die

BarChick | Posted 23.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
BarChick

There are many things you should do in life, but drinking these 25 cocktails should definitely be high up that bucket list.

Challenging 'NEKnomination,' Lad Culture and Social Media

Sam Mercer | Posted 21.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Sam Mercer

Why are we so worried about this trend? Firstly, the use of social media allows peer pressure to escape the security of a university campus where, in many cases, support can be found for students felt pressured or uneasy whilst on campus.

Why We Need Neknominate

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 20.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Carrie Armstrong

People die all the time from drinking alcohol. Stag do's are the most dangerous example of ignorance around lethal alcohol consumption. What's the difference between a stag do and neknominate?

University Spends £20,000 On Building Fake Pub

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 18.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education

A London university has spent £20,000 to build a fake pub in order to investigate our relationship with alcohol, using students as guinea pigs. So...

Seems The War On Drugs Is Hitting Bottom - Let's Also Lose the Baggage That Goes With It

Dr. Peter Ferentzy | Posted 17.04.2014 | UK Politics
Dr. Peter Ferentzy

Still, wisdom is evolving. In the news: "Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan and Former Brazilian President Fernando Henrique Cardoso called for an end to the war on drugs."

Body Talkin'

The Mac Twins | Posted 12.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
The Mac Twins

The other huge problem about body dysmorphia is the normalisation and misuse of the term. You only have to look at gossip magazines covers to see celebrities mouthing about their muffin tops, slamming their cellulite and loathing their legs; thats human nature, its natural. Its not necessarily right, and we all do it far too often, but it's something innate in all of us.

Neknominate Death In Cardiff Investigated

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 10.02.2014 | UK

Police investigating the death of a 29-year-old man from Cardiff today said they had received information "regarding the so-called neck and nominate g...

It Was Inevitable. Strip NekNominations Are Here...

Huffington Post UK | Posted 08.02.2014 | UK

It was probably inevitable... A Leicester woman has taken the NekNomination crake one step further by stripping down to her underwear - in Asda. ...

Government To Ban Cheap Alcohol Ahead Of World Cup

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 04.02.2014 | UK

A ban on cheap alcohol will be in force before the start of the football World Cup finals as part of Government efforts to curb problem drinking. Supe...

We Have to Stop Pretending That Alcohol Abuse Is Funny

Alastair Roderick | Posted 05.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Alastair Roderick

I rarely drink alcohol. I have a physical condition that means that I can live with either alcohol or gravity but not both, and so went dry not just for a month but for ten straight years. Not just any ten years either, the good ones where you are old enough to have proper fun and young enough to outrun the Fuzz.

Does 'Neknominate' Represent The Very Worst Trends In Student Drinking Culture?

Megan Hughes | Posted 05.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Megan Hughes

Safety aside, as student attitudes to drinking would have it, there is a more basic problem with the kind of drinking exhibited in Neknominate videos. All of those who take part are drinking simply for the sake of drinking, rather than because they want to enjoy a drink.

Why Giving Up Booze Does Not Mean Your Social Life Is Over

Sarah Tetteh | Posted 05.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Sarah Tetteh

Why is it that when you say you're giving up booze people just want to ply you with more alcohol? I had to do that old trick of pretending to down a shot and surreptitiously throw it over my shoulder.

A Note About Philip Seymour Hoffman: Addiction Is Not Selfish

Corrigan Vaughan | Posted 05.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Corrigan Vaughan

Anyone who thinks dying from an overdose is selfish has a weird idea of what an addict wants out of life. There comes a point at which drinking, drug use, all that - they're not fun anymore. Philip Seymour Hoffman wasn't out partying. He was alone in his bathroom, compelled. Cory Monteith in his hotel room. Chris Kelly in his living room.

My Apologies to Those With Actual Diseases

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 04.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Carrie Armstrong

Alcoholism is not something any of us would choose to deliberately, consciously pursue as a lifestyle. But whether we persuade ourselves into it, or are hooked from day one, the fact remains that it is still behaviour. Not affliction.

How Completing a Dryathlon Helped Me Grow Up

Michelle Gleaves | Posted 04.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Michelle Gleaves

Before my month away from the tipple, I was very self-aware about how young and immature I was. Now I feel as though I am actually an adult. Someone who can have one drink and mean one, who can have a diet Coke instead of a shot of vodka at a busy venue, who doesn't feel obliged to stay out if in fact they want to go home.

Lie January: Why I Told Everyone I Was Doing "Dry January" When I Really Wasn't

Jennifer Simpkins | Posted 02.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Jennifer Simpkins

Obviously, when I first heard about the idea of Dry January, the cowardly introvert in me did a little dance of glee. Finally, here was a ready-made excuse to stay sober without having to fend off snide insinuations that I didn't know how to have any fun.