UK Alcoholism

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...

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.