UK Alcoholism

1,000 Days Sober: How Quitting Alcohol Has Changed My Life

Kate Beavis | Posted 25.09.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Kate Beavis

The first thing I noticed was the quality of sleep that I was experiencing. While it took me longer to drop off due to my brain being so alert, I felt energised when the alarm clock rang. The blurred edges had disappeared. With that my lower back pain also went, and my sinus issue was a thing of the past.

Sobriety: The First 1,000 Days

Neil Martin | Posted 08.09.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Neil Martin

I am sometimes asked what would happen if I did choose to drink again. The truth is, I don't know, but just as I don't know what would happen if someone was to open the door on an airplane mid-flight, I'm pretty sure that I also don't want to find out.

Recovering Alcoholic Reveals The 'Ridiculous' Questions She's Tired Of Hearing

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 15.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle

A recovering alcoholic has revealed the questions you should never ask her, or anyone for that matter, when you notice they aren’t drinking. Writer ...

Worried You Might Have A Drinking Problem? 13 Signs You Need To Cut Down

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 04.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle

Drinking alcohol every now and then after a hard day at work isn’t necessarily a sign of alcohol dependence, however it is possible for these kinds ...

An Open Letter To My Alcoholic Mum

Gina Lyons | Posted 25.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Gina Lyons

As today was the day my mum was admitted to hospital due to taking an overdose and today, is hopefully the day she allows me to get her into rehab. For anyone suffering with addiction, or loving a person who is, be vocal. Take your dirty laundry outside and let people help you clean it.

How Addiction Changed My Life

Laraine Jewell | Posted 09.03.2017 | UK
Laraine Jewell

Alcohol and drug addiction affects more than just user. It also affects family and friends, who are usually the ones to pick up the pieces time and time again, and who (in the worst case scenario) are left dealing with the grief of losing a loved one due to their addiction.

Raising Duty, Reducing Harm

Fiona Bruce | Posted 08.03.2017 | UK Politics
Fiona Bruce

The Chancellor spring's Budget presents a chance to call time on the ability to buy a can of cider for cheaper than a bottle of water.

The Devastating Reason Why Thousands Of Children Are Calling Helplines For Bedtime Stories

The Huffington Post | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 19.02.2017 | UK

Thousands of children, some as young as five, are ringing a helpline to hear bedtime stories because their alcoholic parents are too intoxicated to pu...

What Makes A Female Murderer?

Toby Roebuck | Posted 31.01.2017 | UK Entertainment
Toby Roebuck

As we spent time with the families of these murderers, one thing was clear: their lives had appeared normal up until the point they killed someone, with no warning signs of what was to come. Unlike men, most women who kill have no history of criminality. Their crimes seemed like aberrations, moments of madness.

Never Mind Dry January, We Should Probably All Give Up Alcohol

Chris King | Posted 27.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Chris King

While a war has been declared on sugar, no such pressure is being put on alcohol. The voices in favour of minimum pricing, which has been rejected by the UK government, largely belong to health groups, the equivalent of the friend who doesn't drink - you respect their views and they are probably right, but you're having too much fun drinking to listen.

How Giving Up Alcohol Affects The Body

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 02.10.2017 | UK Lifestyle

When your mates are out boozing and you’re wrapped in a blanket at home sipping mint tea, it can be difficult to remember why you stopped drinking i...

I Am His Conscience

Ros Barresi | Posted 16.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Ros Barresi

I knew from day one it wouldn't be easy to be with him. But the sober days totally outweighed the few drunk days to start with. And after months of applying for work, like any person to get the city job was a real achievement for him. When he was sober for roughly four months he was kind, loving and didn't speak to me like I was an idiot.

How Reddit Is Helping More Than 50,000 People Recover From Alcoholism

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 06.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle

If you’re struggling with alcohol addiction, signing into Reddit could help. That’s according to research from, which suggests the se...

2017 Is The Year Of Mindful Drinking

Laura Willoughby | Posted 04.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Laura Willoughby

Put all of this together, and you get mindful drinking. Not necessarily going teetotal, not necessarily following the government guidance, or anybody else's either. It's setting your own goals, based on your personal motives, and what is right for you.

The Last Nine Months Of My Life

Ros Barresi | Posted 04.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Ros Barresi

I have been going out with an alcoholic for nine months. I didn't think I would ever go out with such a complex yet wonderfully confusing character. My life has been turned upside down to but now after all this time my life is beginning to calm down as it has now ended.

The Secret To Parenting An Adult Problem Child

Stephen Wisner | Posted 23.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Stephen Wisner

On Christmas Eve, I will join my parents for a night of fun, laughter, and joy. But this cheerful atmosphere sharply contrasts the mood of the family gathering seven years earlier. On that day, my father informed me that a parent is only as happy as his saddest child. My response was, "Well then, you're screwed." I was 23 years old and had surpassed a previous low to hit rock bottom...

Are Celebrities More Prone To Addiction?

Dr. Mark Griffiths | Posted 13.12.2016 | UK Entertainment
Dr. Mark Griffiths

One of the most common questions I am asked to comment on by the media is whether celebrities are more prone to addiction than other people. To me, wh...

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 04.05.2017 | 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 04.10.2017 | 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.