UK Alcoholism

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...

My Name Is Beth and I'm an Alcoholic

Beth Burgess | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Beth Burgess

There. I've started you all off. It's Alcohol Awareness Week from from 18 to 24 November and Alcohol Concern is encouraging people to have conversations about alcohol and how it affects them. The charity hopes to get us talking about the health risks and social problems that are linked with alcohol use.

Many Unaware Of Link Between Alcohol And Cancer, Says Study

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Many people are unaware of the link between alcohol and cancer, a poll has found. Some 86% of more than 2,000 people surveyed said they did not kno...

Get Drunk Without The Hangover?

The Huffington Post UK | Charlotte Meredith | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

It could be a dream come true. Scientists have developed a drug which mimics all the positive effects of being drunk, without any of the health risks,...

How Jeremy Kyle is Killing Women

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Carrie Armstrong

You will not see a face like mine on Jeremy Kyle's show even if you need one. The same as I never saw a face like mine on Jeremy Kyle's show when I desperately needed it. His platform will continue to ignore the real faces of female alcoholism.

Paul Gascoigne 'Bled Dry' By Hackers

The Huffington Post/ PA | Posted 28.11.2013 | UK Sport

Paul Gascoigne was targeted by hackers who drained his bank account of up to £50,000, according to reports. The troubled former England star, 46, ...

What's My Age Again?

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 25.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Carrie Armstrong

I'm sat in a coffee shop at a table next to two impossibly young women. They are luminescent with the kind of ethereal beauty that comes with some types of youth... Not mine.

'I Know Where I'm Heading, A Wooden Box'

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 24.09.2013 | UK Sport

Paul Gascoigne believes if he dies from alcoholism he will receive no sympathy. A new documentary about the former England maverick reveals he spen...

Brain Scan 'Can Reveal Porn Addiction'

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 22.09.2013 | UK

The brains of people who are hooked on pornography behave in a similar way to those of alcoholics or drug addicts, a new study has found. Academics...

Orthorexia Nervosa in Recovery: It's Time to Talk

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 16.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Carrie Armstrong

There's something really wrong with me, isn't there? It's not normal to live like this, is it? Words I'd been too afraid to speak, a kaleidoscope of thoughts that had been free-wheeling around my head formless for so long-now clicking into place with frightening clarity.

What Amy Winehouse's Birthday Means to Me

Beth Burgess | Posted 13.11.2013 | UK Entertainment
Beth Burgess

On 14 September, Amy Winehouse would have turned 30 if her life had not come to such a tragic end, a fact that is especially poignant to me, as I sit here aged 33, sober, in recovery from addiction and very much alive.

The View From Here

Sarah Blackwood | Posted 30.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah Blackwood

In rehab I realised I was not special... It was there in sober reflection I had the lightbulb moment. It sounds daft now. A simple thing I didn't see, or more likely, as a stubborn Northern Taurean, refused to see. It was choice. 

Soaps, Full of Booze

Gina Lyons | Posted 27.10.2013 | UK Entertainment
Gina Lyons

When Gail is visiting her son in hospital, it is Stella who suggests bringing a 'bottle' over the following day. When Chesney is feeling "a bit down", Tyrone pops is head in with eight cans of lager. Now I don't mean to sound like a miserable sod, but how many of us are guzzling back seven nights a week? If you are, please get help.