UK Alcoholism

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.

Why I Was Wrong and Full of Sh*t About Sobriety

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 14.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Carrie Armstrong

This year I've been talking a lot about addiction. Why we are failing. What we are doing wrong. Why our failure rates are so bloody high. I shout a lot about mainstream recovery groups. How I believe they purport relapse and accept semi-permanent recovery as the norm. I was wrong.

'I'm A Drunk And Homeless'

The Huffington Post UK | Samuel Luckhurst | Posted 01.08.2013 | UK Sport

Kenny Sansom, the former Arsenal and England defender, has revealed he is homeless. Sansom, 54, is England's second most capped full-back having pl...

Drinking: A Mash-Up Story

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 23.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Carrie Armstrong

I don't believe in protecting people from the opinions of others. In fact I find it faintly ridiculous that people devote so much time to worrying on the behalf of other people. Acting like addicts are a bunch of unruly 5 years olds, likely to go off on the tear after reading a well-versed piece of prose on drinking. It's not dangerous to display these views. It's eye-opening.

What Gazza Taught Us About Rehab

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 09.09.2013 | UK Entertainment
Carrie Armstrong

Gazza is unlikely to make it this time. Gazza is very near death right now. The very end of end-stage alcoholism. Soon. Very soon. Sadly. And when he does? We will still all be shocked. Because it makes us all a bit vulnerable doesn't it? When someone so strong, with such professional brilliance disintegrates right in front of us.

The Mythical 'Rock Bottom' of Alcoholism

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 12.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Carrie Armstrong

When did you hit "rock bottom"? Tell me your "rock bottom" story. There is not a chance you've made it through even the first tentative steps of recovery from alcoholism without hearing both of these sentences. Which is a real shame given what a pile of sh*t they both are.

NHS and Government Have No Policy on Alcohol

Rupert Wolfe-Murray | Posted 04.08.2013 | UK Politics
Rupert Wolfe-Murray

It's becoming increasingly obvious that the Health Department and NHS have no policy about the ever increasing alcohol epidemic beyond repeating "something must be done" and making sure that nothing gets in the way of the drinks companies maximising their profits.

Alcoholic Children: Britain's Self-Fulfilling Prophecy

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 29.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Carrie Armstrong

We have created a nation of children who have grown up around massive alcohol consumption. Huge. For at least the past eight years social networking has made it irrelevant whether it takes place in their own home or not. Everyone has a platform to share learned behaviour with susceptible peers.

Why There's No Such Thing as Relapse

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 12.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Carrie Armstrong

Everyday I speak to someone who feels hopelessly addicted - whether they are drunk or sober - and every time the word they use is the same: relapse. The fear of slipping backwards. Returning to where they started. And it can't happen. It's not real.

Could A Pill Cut Your Drinking By Two Thirds On A Night Out?

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 07.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle

A "helpful" new drug which could help problem drinkers reduce the amount of alcohol they consume will today become available to UK patients. If dep...

Alcoholism Costing NHS More Each Year, Figures Suggest

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 28.04.2013 | UK Lifestyle

The number of people being admitted to hospital with liver problems as a result of alcoholism is rising dramatically, figures suggest. And the amou...

Make Sobriety Your B*tch

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 24.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Carrie Armstrong

Making sobriety your b*tch means you get to be in charge. No, you do not drink. No, you do not think about it. Do not entertain it as option. Your body is not going to go renegade and pour itself a drink. Become obsessed with sobriety. Why is it such a strange suggestion?

Don't Admit You Have a Drinking Problem

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 12.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Carrie Armstrong

We've got it all backwards. Horribly backwards. And its killing us. This awful catch 22 situation. If we wait to admit and accept we have a drinking problem in our society? We are waiting for end-stage alcoholism. Or alcoholic Alzheimer's. Or being arrested. Or being injured horribly.

The Problem With Pretty-Girl Alcoholics

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 31.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Carrie Armstrong

Nobody likes a pretty-girl drunk. That's a deal-breaker right here. A pretty-girl who is a little bit tipsy? Cute. A pretty-girl a little unsteady on her feet? A bit giggly? Charming. But a pretty-girl who is a messy, sloppy, belligerent drunk receives twice the vitriol reserved for even the most unsavoury of drunken characters. It offends us, seeing this pretty girl displaying her internal ugliness for all to see. It's like taking a shop window display and covering it in garbage. Nobody wants to see that. Keep your window displays clean and bright.

Taking the Chair

Charles Donovan | Posted 26.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Charles Donovan

Forgive the unexpected intermission. Where were we? Yes, that's it. I was fumbling around, trying to get the hang of living in a wheelchair in a new part of London, waiting for my broken back to heal a bit more. But in my last update, I glossed over some of the worst of what was happening.

It's Not Okay - But...

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 18.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Carrie Armstrong

Some people know things others do not. That a home is supposed to be a place you feel safe. Comfortable. A little haven from the rest of the world where you can relax and just be yourself. Some people do not live with a drunk.

Recovery Is Recovery Is Recovery

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 12.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Carrie Armstrong

I recovered from alcoholism when I was able to stop drinking. Finally. I recovered from being disabled when I was able to maintain walking again. Consistently. I recovered from the years of isolation when I was able to live back in the world again. Joyfully. So many recoveries.

Why Russell Brand Is Right About Addiction

Beth Burgess | Posted 10.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Beth Burgess

Russell Brand has been calling for empathy for addicts, and he is right. Whether you adore or despise Brand's Marmite-like character doesn't really matter; you should still listen to him. He understands addiction. He understands addicts.

AA and My Nan

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 05.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Carrie Armstrong

My nan is all kinds of great. She is strong. She had six kids in nine years. She worked. Raised a big family on very little. She's seen a lot of life and she never judges anyone. But there are some problems outside her realm of experiences these days. So as much as my nan remains my favourite person, she's not always the most relevant. Oldest is not always best.

So I Might Have a Problem

Xavier Toby | Posted 28.04.2013 | UK Comedy
Xavier Toby

Downing a full beer in one go has never lost its allure as a party trick, but it's also the length of the drinking session. Downing ten beers and four bourbons in an hour is impressive, but not as impressive as downing forty beers and twenty bourbons in twelve hours. Or being out for over thirty-six hours. I've done all three.

England A Nation Of 'Secret Boozers'

PA | Posted 27.02.2013 | UK Lifestyle

England is a nation of secret boozers, with more than a third of the population drinking unhealthy quantities of alcohol, new research suggests. Th...

Please Don't Give Up Drinking

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 28.04.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Carrie Armstrong

I don't like it when I hear people talking about "giving up" drinking. I don't like it because it doesn't really work. It's not about sacrifice. The very term "giving up" alcohol I take issue with. Nobody "gives up" drinking, the same way nobody gives up at a traffic light when it turns red. You just stop.