UK Alcoholism

Sober for the Sake of It

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 13.04.2015 | 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 31.03.2015 | 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 30.03.2015 | 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 16.03.2015 | 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 09.03.2015 | 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 24.02.2015 | 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

Jon Young | Posted 27.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jon 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

Jon Young | Posted 20.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jon 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.

Damn It. Women More Likely To Polish Off A Bottle Of Wine Than Men

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 03.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle

We all know polishing off a bottle of wine by ourselves regularly isn't great for our health, but it seems women are more likely to do it than men. ...

This Is What 20 Years Of Heavy Drinking Could Do To Your Face

The Huffington Post UK | Brogan Driscoll | Posted 28.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle

We all know that drinking alcohol in excess can seriously damage our health - liver disease, high blood pressure, mental health problems, to name but ...

App Shows You Effect Of Booze On Your Face

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 28.10.2014 | UK Tech

A California-based company called Rehabs has unveiled an online app which will reportedly show you how your face looks after a lifetime of alcohol exc...

Caitlin Moran - Calling Time on Booze Humor

Veronica Valli | Posted 12.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Veronica Valli

Caitlin Moran and I are from the generation that normalised binge drinking and now women are paying the price. We bought a lie and now it's time to get honest.

Setting the Record Straight on Paul Gascoigne

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 04.11.2014 | UK Sport
Carrie Armstrong

When I think about Paul Gascoigne I think about his sheer resilience. His determination to provide for those he loved something that has eluded him his entire life. Yes he fell, hard. And he picked himself back up. Countless times. And as it stands he sadly has fallen more times than he has risen. But not because he had it all then threw it away further down the line.

Redknapp 'Would Love It' If Gazza Came To Work At QPR

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 22.08.2014 | UK Sport

Harry Redknapp has offered an open invitation to Paul Gascoigne to help out with coaching his young players at QPR as he voiced his concern for the fo...

Early Intervention and Rehabilitation Is the Key to Preventing Alcohol Misuse, Not Minimum Pricing

Hilary Wardle | Posted 21.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Hilary Wardle

Alcoholism is a pernicious, progressive mental and physical illness which claims thousands of lives every year in the UK. Managing this epidemic has become a political priority, with various solutions proposed that largely rely on limiting the availability of alcohol, upping the price and adding cigarette style warnings to packaging.

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.

Would Health Warnings On Our Wine Bottles Actually Work?

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 11.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Health warnings should be put on bottles of wine, beer and spirits to raise awareness of the dangers of drinking, MPs have said. Labels on alcohol...

This Pill May Be Able To Help Alcoholics With Addiction

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 10.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Alcoholics should be offered a once-a-day tablet on the NHS to try to help them curb their addiction, health officials have said. The drug nalmefen...

Stop Blaming Advertising for Your Alcohol Abuse

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 01.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Carrie Armstrong

The biggest reason we have such a prolific alcohol abuse problem is because we refuse to take responsibility for our own actions. The reason that any attempts at sobriety are so protracted is that we are actively encouraged to lay the blame at everyone else's door but our own.