UK Alcoholism

The Shocking Impact Of Alcohol On The Emergency Services

Fiona Bruce | Posted 06.12.2016 | UK Politics
Fiona Bruce

The UK's relationship with alcohol is not without consequence. Excessive drinking places an enormous burden on our emergency services - including the police, fire, ambulance and accident and emergency - with the wider financial impact of responding to alcohol-related emergencies alongside the very human effect on the people who work in these critical areas. This is especially pertinent at a time such as this, as the Christmas season approaches.

I'm Terrified Of Passing Toxic Masculinity Onto My Sons

Chris Napier | Posted 30.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Chris Napier

bmm banner.jpg I don't want my sons to share the programming which has crippled me. I don't want them to grow up in a world which victimizes boys for showing weakness and which treats mental health issues without compassion.

Preventing Alcohol Harm Is Something We Can Achieve - Together

Fiona Bruce | Posted 25.11.2016 | UK Politics
Fiona Bruce

Research for alcohol education charity Drinkaware shows that despite the overall alcohol consumption rate falling for 18-24 year olds in the UK, 60% students in this age group said in a recent survey they enjoyed going out to get drunk.

Alcohol - How Does It Give Us Cancer?

Lucy Eccles | Posted 17.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Lucy Eccles

Research by World Cancer Research Fund shows that drinking alcohol is linked to an increased risk of several cancers: bowel, breast, mouth and throat, oesophageal, stomach and liver. In the UK, 21,000 cases of cancer could be prevented each year if nobody drank alcohol, but how does alcohol actually interact with us to cause such a drastic effect?

7 Things People Who've Overcome Alcohol Addiction Want You To Know

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 17.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle

If reaching for alcohol feels like a necessity, rather than a choice, it’s a sign you’re suffering from alcohol dependence. But with the support ...

Slipping Through the Cracks, Mental Health and Homelessness

Arthur Peirce | Posted 08.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Arthur Peirce

I remember, where I used to live, there was a homeless man who slept at night in an alcove opposite a Tesco Metro. Once he stopped me, randomly, and s...

Addiction Is Lonely, But Recovery Is A Path Best Shared

Tayana Simons | Posted 21.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Tayana Simons

Isolation can be a cause of addiction. It's also a common symptom. It might be a chicken or the egg argument, but addicted individuals tend to isolate themselves in order to hide their addiction. On the other hand, isolation can also be the trigger that leads people down the road of substance abuse.

Mental Health, The Gender Factor

Arthur Peirce | Posted 03.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Arthur Peirce

Countless numbers of people worldwide suffer with some kind of mental health problem; roughly one in four. However there is a notable but hidden disparity between male and female sufferers.

Martini Man Or Craft Beer Connoisseur? Premium Drinking Can Still Be Problem Drinking

Mark Holmes | Posted 29.09.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Mark Holmes

What many are finding is that as their after-work IPA becomes a nightly old fashioned (or two) as well, the proliferation of premium alcohol may be leading them unwittingly into problem drinking.

Alcoholism Could Be In Your Genes, Not Your Brain

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 05.08.2016 | UK Tech

New evidence furthers the claim that alcoholism is determined by your genes, and increases the likelihood that in the future we will be able to identi...

Hard Sell Sobriety

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 06.06.2016 | 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.

Atchoo! Hayfever and Alcohol

Laura Willoughby | Posted 10.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Laura Willoughby

If you do drink, you may want to think about what type of alcohol you have. Spirits like vodka, whiskey, gin and rum have less histamine than beers, ciders and wines. Red wine seems to be particularly high in histamine, so may be best avoided at the times when you suffer from hay fever symptoms.

Anxiety, Addiction and Arthritis: How We Got Through It

Sarah Illingworth | Posted 05.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah Illingworth

On February 21 the site I run, Impolitikal.com, hosted Control: a panel chat featuring Dominic Hoey a.k.a Tourettes, Damaris Coulter and I, and ho...

The Forum Post That Scared Me Sober

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 02.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Carrie Armstrong

The truth is that many woman can have no external indicators of how much trouble their body is in after chronically abusing alcohol. It is a game of chance. Some women die in their sleep. Some just keel over and do it at the table. None know it is coming.

What Does 21st Century Masculinity Look Like?

Jemimah Steinfeld | Posted 27.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Jemimah Steinfeld

Perry's show will explore and challenge the notion of man as protector and breadwinner. Bear Grylls this is not. In fact, Perry recently called Grylls' style of masculinity "useless", a "hangover" from a more violent age.

The Missing Ingredient in Tackling the Obesity Crisis

Fiona Bruce | Posted 14.04.2016 | UK Politics
Fiona Bruce

Excessive alcohol consumption and obesity are two of the most important public health challenges facing our NHS today. There can be no doubt that obesity and alcohol misuse can cause misery to individuals and their families, and their combined costs to the NHS are an eye-watering £22billion each year.

Sugar Is a Friend When You Are Cutting Down on Alcohol

Laura Willoughby | Posted 24.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Laura Willoughby

Here's a funny thing about drinking: You can drink bottle after bottle of beer, or glass after glass of wine, without a second thought about their sugar or calorie contents. And then, perhaps when having a night off the sauce, you can get very preoccupied with the sugar content of the soft drinks you're having instead.

This Is What Years Of Heavy Drinking Can Do To Your Body (Graphic)

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 09.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Warning: this article contains images of a medical nature. A 64-year-old woman has developed a series of bulbous lumps across her back and upper to...

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.

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...

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'!

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.

10 Quick Ways to Start Your Dry January - Including Some You Can Do From Bed!

Laura Willoughby | Posted 29.12.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Laura Willoughby

Do you say you're a "wine lover"? Or a "real ale enthusiast"? Is your profile pic you holding a cocktail? Is that how you want to present yourself to the outside world now you are aiming at a new and improved you? How about changing that bit to something else about yourself? It's great to remember that drinking is not the most interesting thing you do.

Christmas Future: Sober?

Pete Jackson | Posted 24.12.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Pete Jackson

Alcoholism gets in deep. And it doesn't ever really go away. Like a virus that lingers in your system, ever ready to rear it's ugly head and shout 'Oi dickhead!! Remember me?!'

Torn Up Christmas Card Has Heartbreaking Message Inside

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 22.12.2015 | UK Lifestyle

A man got an unexpected surprise when he discovered a torn up Christmas card on the train. Reddit user 'burritobattlefield' spotted the ripped up c...