Alcoholics Anonymous

Hard Sell Sobriety

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 07.06.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Carrie Armstrong

When I see people working so hard to try and get people to convert to their way of living, quite often it is from a place of kindness and concern. But, equally often, it's from a place of needing every one to be the same as them, so they don't feel they are missing out anymore.

Christmas Past - My Christmas As A Drinking Alcoholic

Pete Jackson | Posted 10.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Pete Jackson

I'm Pete Jackson. Six years ago, in late September, I quit drinking. It wasn't my first attempt, not by a long stretch, but I hoped (and six years later I'm still hoping) that it was my last.

The Ties That Bind Us

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 18.08.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Carrie Armstrong

Our instinct is to run away from pain, because it seems the sober emotional equivalent of drinking it away. But all that happens is we store that pain up inside of us, to the point where we build such an intolerance to the pain that it displays itself in other ways.

Two Years Today

Rachel Black | Posted 29.05.2015 | 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.

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

Rachel Black | Posted 14.05.2015 | 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.

Robin Williams, the Best Help Money Can Buy & Self Medicating

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 12.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Carrie Armstrong

Self medicating with alcohol goes two ways. It's either for depression or for anxiety. I won't waste your time insulting you with my layman's terms understanding of neurology and serotonin levels in the brain. That's not my department. I can tell you how it starts though: One drink.

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.

The NHS Endorses AA - After 80 Years

Rupert Wolfe-Murray | Posted 22.04.2014 | UK
Rupert Wolfe-Murray

Gradually things are changing. Public Health England, an NHS policy making body that has the mission to "protect and improve the nation's health", issued a briefing document at the end of last year which encourages GPs to make use of "mutual aid" groups like AA.

Bridging the Gulf Between Addiction and Freedom

Tony Lobl | Posted 07.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Tony Lobl

Addiction is like a chasm opening up before you and enticing you to keep walking despite the dire consequences ahead. Not that you are likely to realise the dangers at the time. My addiction 'of choice' was gambling.

The Illusion Behind Addictive Behaviour

Karin Sieger | Posted 03.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Karin Sieger

Often people are aware of their addictive behaviour and would like to stop or slow down. However, the illusion of the addiction can be so powerful that the fear of not being able to cope without it is overwhelming and can suffocate even the smallest attempt to take control of the situation and muster the confidence to change.

AA and My Nan

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 05.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Carrie Armstrong

My nan is all kinds of great. She is strong. She had six kids in nine years. She worked. Raised a big family on very little. She's seen a lot of life and she never judges anyone. But there are some problems outside her realm of experiences these days. So as much as my nan remains my favourite person, she's not always the most relevant. Oldest is not always best.

Alcoholism Is Not a P*ssing Contest

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 21.04.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Carrie Armstrong

I don't frighten easily. I lived in a constant state of fear for so many years that it takes a lot to reignite it and take me to that dark place now. But when I see people using end-stage alcoholics to measure their own drinking against? It frightens me. When I see the media latch onto one person, the exception to the rule that has been able to subject their body to horrendous amounts of alcohol abuse and still just about function? It frightens me. Alcoholism is not a p*ssing contest. There is no glory to be had in being further up the sliding scale than these individuals.

Is Alcoholics Anonymous Outdated and Sexist?

Jessica Smith | Posted 27.01.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Jessica Smith

A wife should never criticise her man or tell him what to do, lest he become angry enough to drink, and/or go off with another woman. Instead, she should concentrate on changing her own attitude, with the help of (a male) God.

What Are The Dangers Of Drinking Liquid Nitrogen?

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Ted Thornhill | Posted 08.10.2012 | UK

Teenager Gaby Scanlon has had her stomach removed after drinking a cocktail containing liquid nitrogen in a Lancaster bar. But just what is it and ...

Liquid Nitrogen Cocktails Aren't The Only Drinks To Be Handled With Care

Huffington Post UK | Ted Thornhill | Posted 08.10.2012 | UK

Teenager Gaby Scanlon had to have part of her stomach removed after drinking a cocktail made with liquid nitrogen. However, this is by no means the...

The Blessing of Alcoholism

Rupert Wolfe-Murray | Posted 24.11.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Rupert Wolfe-Murray

Peck's praise of AA isn't some feelgood therapy technique to make addicts feel better about themselves. It is backed up by some really interesting points and can be read in his book Further Along the Road Less Travelled.

Are We All Addicts?

Rupert Wolfe-Murray | Posted 31.07.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Rupert Wolfe-Murray

Many people sneer at the idea that addiction is a disease. "Surely so-and-so can just stop drinking" they say about alcoholics, unaware that an alcoholic can't control his craving for more drink -- just as a cancer or diabetes patient can't control the progression of his disease. Anyone who knows an alcoholic, or a hard core drug addict, will know that many of them desperately want to give up but are unable to.

Could LSD Be The Answer To Alcoholism?

PA | Posted 09.03.2012 | UK Lifestyle

Psychedelic drug LSD could be used as an effective method to treat alcoholism, scientists say. The use of lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), coupled...

Alastair Campbell’s Documentary Failed to Ask the Fundamental Question: Why Do We Drink?

Jonathan Rowson | Posted 22.04.2012 | UK Entertainment
Jonathan Rowson

Alastair Campbell's Panorama documentary on Britain's Hidden Alcoholics was a refreshing attempt to draw attention to the complexity of our alcohol problem. The programme revealed the full range of alcohol consumption patterns, from ritualistic social drinking in working class pubs to professionals quaffing wine like it was water, often alone at home.

Why This Is Killing 9,000 Brits A Year

The Huffington Post UK | Kyrsty Hazell | Posted 27.01.2012 | UK Lifestyle

Nearly 9,000 lives are claimed through excessive alcohol consumption, official figures have revealed. Shocking death toll figures, released by the...