UK Alcoholism

My Dad Was an Alcoholic - Why We Must Tackle the UK's Drinking Problem

Liam Byrne | Posted 24.11.2015 | UK Politics
Liam Byrne

I wouldn't be in parliament if it wasn't for the inspiration of my dad. At his best, he was inspiring, charismatic - and hugely idealistic. He inspired me into politics and public service. But for much of his life he battled an addiction to drink. It scarred us as a family, and tragically, just before the election, it cost my dad his life. And that's why I speaking up today. Today, alcohol harm costs our country £21billion a year. It's the third biggest public health risk after obesity and smoking. It costs the NHS alone £3.5billion.

Alcoholism: From Anger to Acceptance

Amy Jane Smith | Posted 19.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Amy Jane Smith

Having some space, literally through living away, but also the space afforded by sobriety as relapses got further and further apart, I was able to understand the situation a little more, and to feel more accepting of it.

Daniel Radcliffe Opens Up About His Past Struggles With Booze

The Huffington Post UK | Matt Bagwell | Posted 18.11.2015 | UK Entertainment

Daniel Radcliffe has opened up about how he turned to drink to help him cope with life after playing ‘Harry Potter’. READ MORE: Behind The Sce...

The Ties That Bind Us

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 19.08.2015 | 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.

The Foundations of a Successfully Sober Body

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 17.08.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Carrie Armstrong

The only connection we really have to our physical selves in the early days of non-drinking is an horrendous awareness of this thing we are saddled with. That we know no respite from. Because at least when we were drinking we could numb ourselves to it.

Benefits Review for Addicts Will Fail Without Better Support for Jobless

Paul Hayes | Posted 06.08.2015 | UK Politics
Paul Hayes

The Black review presents us with an opportunity to build political momentum to overcome the policy inertia which has undermined efforts to improve the employability of all excluded groups under successive governments over many decades. It is an opportunity the treatment sector needs to seize.

Want a Better Life? Go Teetotal

Jonathan Young | Posted 27.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jonathan Young

Alcohol has hi-jacked situations that automatically give us what we need. It's the squeaky clean boss who claims the credit for all the work done by the rest of the team. Or the goal-hanging striker who gets the plaudits for scoring the winning goal.

Only the Good Die Young

Lara Ruffle Coles | Posted 24.06.2015 | UK
Lara Ruffle Coles

Since my father died in 2013, I tend to respond quite emotionally to the death of any famous male who has died too soon - anyone before the age of sev...

Alcoholism is a Disease That Tells You That You Haven't Got a Problem

Ivan Massow | Posted 08.06.2015 | UK Politics
Ivan Massow

As anyone who's ever had any involvement with someone afflicted with drink or drugs, there is nothing anyone can do for someone who is not prepared to help themselves. Charles wasn't prepared to give up drink when his career was falling to pieces. And why? Alcoholism is a disease that tells you that you haven't got a problem. You are the only one who can't see it.

Jonathan Rhys Meyers Apologises For Relapse 'Blip'

The Huffington Post UK | Daniel Welsh | Posted 27.05.2015 | UK Entertainment

Jonathan Rhys Meyers has assured his fans he’s “on the mend”, after being photographed appearing to drink vodka on the street. The ‘Dracula...

A Day in the Life of a Non-Drinker

Daniel Johnson | Posted 15.05.2015 | UK Comedy
Daniel Johnson

The notion that I need a particular type of liquid to unwind is an unusual concept. For a non-drinker, relaxation can be achieved through numerous other means. For example, one of my favourite ways to unwind is simply to sit down. This is achievable regardless of what I drink.

Sober for the Sake of It

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 13.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Carrie Armstrong

Sobriety for the sake of it has a very short shelf life. So knock it on the head. Today. Delete your blog you were busy writing on the brave struggle you are having today on your staring-at-the-four-walls sobriety and write one about learning to play the banjo instead.

Beware of Feeding Sharks

Louisa Leontiades | Posted 31.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Louisa Leontiades

I confess, there's a part of me which liked seeing someone else get drunk. It was terrible yet magnificent. I liked the thrill of being on the edge looking down at the feeding shark, in a frenzy of pain but also unbridled chaos and freedom.

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.

Alcoholism: The Secret to Long Life? Stop Drinking!

Xavier Toby | Posted 09.05.2015 | UK Comedy
Xavier Toby

I'm a big one for calling them out every time they trot out something as interesting, insightful and revolutionary, which is actually common sense, no sense or nonsense. Then this study comes along, and it's reaffirmed my faith in statistics everywhere. If mathematicians and scientists could design their own porn, it'd be a naked somebody rolling around on findings just like this.

Past Perceptions of Sober People

Rachel Black | Posted 25.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Rachel Black

As I was tried and failed to moderate, not yet ready to consider giving up totally myself, I watched sober people with a new sense of awe and admiration. Not only did they not drink alcohol, they appeared content with their ways and looked happy.

Diet Or Lose Your Benefits, Cameron To Tell Unemployed Obese

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Jessica Elgot | Posted 14.02.2015 | UK Politics

Unemployed obese people will have to diet or lose their benefits under Tory proposals dubbed "a stupid little stunt". Alcoholics, drug addicts and ...

A Disappointing Valentine

Rachel Black | Posted 13.04.2015 | 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.

Becoming Teetotal: Just Like a Messy Break-up

Jonathan Young | Posted 27.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jonathan 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 20.03.2015 | 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

Jonathan Young | Posted 13.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jonathan 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.

Are You the Christmas Party Performing Chimp?

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 09.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Carrie Armstrong

If you are going to black-out at 10pm, why not just go home? What's the difference between leaving a party early, and drinking to oblivion early? Either way you are intentionally checking out and not being there anymore. The only difference really is feeling the pressure of expectation. Of being other people's chimp. Performing for drinks and approval.

Avoid Morning-After Regrets When You're Planning That Legendary Christmas Party

Debbie Bannigan | Posted 26.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Debbie Bannigan

It's that magical time of year when the woolly hats come out, and your office is crammed full of mince pies and tins of chocolate. Your organisation has worked really hard all year long, so to thank them, employees are being treated to a festive office party.

When a Relationship With Alcohol Turns Sour

Dr Nitin Shori | Posted 26.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Nitin Shori

Many people jokingly say they "need a drink" after a stressful day. But for some, a few seemingly harmless glasses of wine after work can turn into a stress-relieving habit that can be hard to break.