UK Alcoholism

Robin Williams, the Best Help Money Can Buy & Self Medicating

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 12.08.2014 | 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 02.07.2014 | 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.

How Giving Up Wine Changed This Woman's Life

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 17.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Heather Martin realised it had been a while since she had skipped that evening glass of wine and she started to wonder whether she could even go a nig...

'I Will Be Better Soon And Back On Stage'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 29.05.2014 | UK Entertainment

Sum 41 frontman, Deryck Whibley, has posted a picture of him recovering after being hospitalised for alcohol-induced liver and kidney failure. Earl...

What Friday's Four Glasses Of Wine Are Doing To Your Health

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 20.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle

You go to the pub for a quick drink after work and 'one drink' soon turns into four - we've all been there. But new research shows that this seemi...

What I Would've Missed Out On If I'd Committed Suicide

Danny Baker | Posted 27.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Danny Baker

As anyone who's ever suffered from clinical depression will tell you, it's an expert at convincing you that your despair is eternal, and destined to oppress you for the rest of your days. And it was when I was in that horrifically black place, staring down the barrel of what I truly believed would only be a lifetime of wretched agony, that my thoughts turned to suicide.

Clarissa Dickson Wright Dead: Two Fat Ladies Chef Dies Aged 66

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 17.03.2014 | UK Entertainment

Clarissa Dickson Wright has died aged 66, it was announced on Monday. Dickson Wright passed away on Saturday at Edinburgh's Royal Infirmary, the S...

Can We All Stop Whining Like B*tches About the Difference Between Recovering and Recovered?

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 16.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Carrie Armstrong

There are few thing that make me want to swallow my own face with boredom more than the ridiculous, totally unnecessary, inane whining that goes on in recovery circles between those who describe themselves as a 'recovering' alcoholic, and those who call themselves 'recovered'.

Size Does Matter in Sobriety

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 04.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Carrie Armstrong

Width in sobriety is new friends, fresh places, activities and perspectives. People who are very newly sober but have worked this out will not drink again. There a direct correlation between people who embrace a full sober life, (and this concept of width) and successful sobriety.

Neknoms and Death Stars: A Lethal Cocktail

Jamie Stangroom | Posted 30.04.2014 | UK Comedy
Jamie Stangroom

I was recently neknominated by a friend. For those of you who have been living on a desert island (that has no internet access) for the past couple of months, Neknominate is an internet-spread drinking game whereby the nominated drinks a pint of alcohol (often beer) and then passes on the nomination to someone else via social media...

Drinking in Pregnancy: When Is Enough, Enough?

Christina Franks | Posted 30.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Christina Franks

I was upfront with the doctor who confirmed Jonah's pregnancy at around six weeks about my alcohol consumption. He tried to alleviate my fears, telling me his wife didn't realise she was pregnant until she was five months gone. "We just don't know what the effects might be," he said, but you are far from the only one who gets drunk before they realise they are pregnant.

A Note About Philip Seymour Hoffman: Addiction Is Not Selfish

Corrigan Vaughan | Posted 05.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Corrigan Vaughan

Anyone who thinks dying from an overdose is selfish has a weird idea of what an addict wants out of life. There comes a point at which drinking, drug use, all that - they're not fun anymore. Philip Seymour Hoffman wasn't out partying. He was alone in his bathroom, compelled. Cory Monteith in his hotel room. Chris Kelly in his living room.

My Apologies to Those With Actual Diseases

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 04.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Carrie Armstrong

Alcoholism is not something any of us would choose to deliberately, consciously pursue as a lifestyle. But whether we persuade ourselves into it, or are hooked from day one, the fact remains that it is still behaviour. Not affliction.

Six Reasons Why My Attempted Suicide Changed My Life

Mark Bowness | Posted 25.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Mark Bowness

At the age of 26 my wife had walked out the door on our three year marriage. As I sat in our apartment surrounded by the life that we had built together my thoughts turned to a dark bleak future that I did not want to face. In a severe state of depression I turned to google and typed in the search term 'most painless and quickest way to die'.

Are You Actually Drinking "at" Something Though?

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 15.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Carrie Armstrong

One phrase that gets massively overused is "drinking at something". When life throws you a crap day or a bad situation and we use it as an excuse to drink. Drinking "at" that person, or scenario. Supposedly it's overcome by dealing with our feelings and reactions in a different way. Learning new coping skills.

Jessica Elgot

Cold Turkey

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Elgot | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

“I liked that she could party, that was one of the things that attracted me to her,” Laurie Sanders said of wife Susy. “I didn’t realise w...

People Who Drink Alcohol Live Longer Than Those Who Are Tee-Total, Says Study

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 12.12.2013 | UK Lifestyle

A recent study is offering good news for those who booze, by suggesting that people who drink alcohol regularly may actually live longer than those wh...

Twelve Steps to Survive Party Season

Sarah Cloutier | Posted 08.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah Cloutier

When we are bombarded with invitations and people saying; "We really must catch up before Christmas" we can choose to take some simple and grown-up steps to get through the silly season with your dignity and credit card intact.

Bridging the Gulf Between Addiction and Freedom

Tony Lobl | Posted 07.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Tony Lobl

Addiction is like a chasm opening up before you and enticing you to keep walking despite the dire consequences ahead. Not that you are likely to realise the dangers at the time. My addiction 'of choice' was gambling.

There's No Place Like Home...

Tom Rahilly | Posted 28.01.2014 | UK
Tom Rahilly

It may be a surprise to many people to learn that the most common outcome for children who are taken into care is actually to return home again. But research shows that for too many of these children returning home doesn't provide the safety and stability that children deserve.

Could How Heavily Or Lightly You Drink Be Determined By Your Genes?

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 26.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle

Could this change our approach to tackling binge drinking? Scientists have identified a gene that regulates alcohol consumption which when damaged...

Why Alcohol Awareness Week Does More Harm Than Good

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Carrie Armstrong

The people of the North East do not need Alcohol Awareness. Or drinking statistics. Or minimum unit pricing. Or weaker alcohol strengths. We do not need a gaggle of experts to discuss what is best for us. We do not need yet more segregation. To be told alcoholism is a disease, a mental illness.

Amsterdam Pays Alcoholics In Beer To Clean Streets

Huffington Post UK | Posted 20.11.2013 | UK

Those ever-liberal Dutch authorities have taken an innovative approach to tackle the problem of alcoholics blighting Amsterdam's streets - pay them in...