UK Alcoholism

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...

Christmas Present - Sober

Pete Jackson | Posted 18.12.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Pete Jackson

I got sober in September 2009, and spent that Christmas volunteering in a homeless shelter. I'd love to say that this act was selfless, born out of a simple desire to do some good; and that was part of it... Honestly...

Learning to Love a Parent Again

Ronnie Joice | Posted 16.12.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Ronnie Joice

He finally left rehab this autumn and I moved back home to be closer to him and my family. I had to be learn to be proud of that achievement at least. It's still hard, to muster up the courage to visit. Because, every time you see them, you know it might be the last.

Soaps Should Swap Alcohol For Water On Screen, Health Experts Warn

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 18.12.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Characters in Britain's favourite soaps should swap alcohol for water to encourage fans to keep hydrated, health experts have warned. Soaps like E...

Christmas and the Alcoholic

Jody Sabral | Posted 11.12.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jody Sabral

The holiday season is here and with it comes an increased acceptance that getting wasted is the social norm. Which is fine for normal drinkers, but for alcoholics the Christmas season poses the risk of relapse and endangers themselves and everyone around them.

Christmas Past - My Christmas As A Drinking Alcoholic

Pete Jackson | Posted 11.12.2015 | 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.

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.