UK Alcoholism

Christmas Present - Sober

Pete Jackson | Posted 18.12.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Pete Jackson

I got sober in September 2009, and spent that Christmas volunteering in a homeless shelter. I'd love to say that this act was selfless, born out of a simple desire to do some good; and that was part of it... Honestly...

Learning to Love a Parent Again

Ronnie Joice | Posted 16.12.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Ronnie Joice

He finally left rehab this autumn and I moved back home to be closer to him and my family. I had to be learn to be proud of that achievement at least. It's still hard, to muster up the courage to visit. Because, every time you see them, you know it might be the last.

Soaps Should Swap Alcohol For Water On Screen, Health Experts Warn

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 18.12.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Characters in Britain's favourite soaps should swap alcohol for water to encourage fans to keep hydrated, health experts have warned. Soaps like E...

Christmas and the Alcoholic

Jody Sabral | Posted 11.12.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jody Sabral

The holiday season is here and with it comes an increased acceptance that getting wasted is the social norm. Which is fine for normal drinkers, but for alcoholics the Christmas season poses the risk of relapse and endangers themselves and everyone around them.

Christmas Past - My Christmas As A Drinking Alcoholic

Pete Jackson | Posted 11.12.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Pete Jackson

I'm Pete Jackson. Six years ago, in late September, I quit drinking. It wasn't my first attempt, not by a long stretch, but I hoped (and six years later I'm still hoping) that it was my last.

My Dad Was an Alcoholic - Why We Must Tackle the UK's Drinking Problem

Liam Byrne | Posted 24.11.2016 | UK Politics
Liam Byrne

I wouldn't be in parliament if it wasn't for the inspiration of my dad. At his best, he was inspiring, charismatic - and hugely idealistic. He inspired me into politics and public service. But for much of his life he battled an addiction to drink. It scarred us as a family, and tragically, just before the election, it cost my dad his life. And that's why I speaking up today. Today, alcohol harm costs our country £21billion a year. It's the third biggest public health risk after obesity and smoking. It costs the NHS alone £3.5billion.

Alcoholism: From Anger to Acceptance

Amy Jane Smith | Posted 18.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Amy Jane Smith

Having some space, literally through living away, but also the space afforded by sobriety as relapses got further and further apart, I was able to understand the situation a little more, and to feel more accepting of it.

Daniel Radcliffe Opens Up About His Past Struggles With Booze

The Huffington Post UK | Matt Bagwell | Posted 18.11.2015 | UK Entertainment

Daniel Radcliffe has opened up about how he turned to drink to help him cope with life after playing ‘Harry Potter’. READ MORE: Behind The Sce...

The Ties That Bind Us

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 18.08.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Carrie Armstrong

Our instinct is to run away from pain, because it seems the sober emotional equivalent of drinking it away. But all that happens is we store that pain up inside of us, to the point where we build such an intolerance to the pain that it displays itself in other ways.

The Foundations of a Successfully Sober Body

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 17.08.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Carrie Armstrong

The only connection we really have to our physical selves in the early days of non-drinking is an horrendous awareness of this thing we are saddled with. That we know no respite from. Because at least when we were drinking we could numb ourselves to it.

Benefits Review for Addicts Will Fail Without Better Support for Jobless

Paul Hayes | Posted 06.08.2016 | UK Politics
Paul Hayes

The Black review presents us with an opportunity to build political momentum to overcome the policy inertia which has undermined efforts to improve the employability of all excluded groups under successive governments over many decades. It is an opportunity the treatment sector needs to seize.

Want a Better Life? Go Teetotal

Jonathan Young | Posted 26.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Jonathan Young

Alcohol has hi-jacked situations that automatically give us what we need. It's the squeaky clean boss who claims the credit for all the work done by the rest of the team. Or the goal-hanging striker who gets the plaudits for scoring the winning goal.

Only the Good Die Young

Lara Ruffle Coles | Posted 24.06.2016 | UK
Lara Ruffle Coles

Since my father died in 2013, I tend to respond quite emotionally to the death of any famous male who has died too soon - anyone before the age of sev...

Alcoholism is a Disease That Tells You That You Haven't Got a Problem

Ivan Massow | Posted 07.06.2016 | UK Politics
Ivan Massow

As anyone who's ever had any involvement with someone afflicted with drink or drugs, there is nothing anyone can do for someone who is not prepared to help themselves. Charles wasn't prepared to give up drink when his career was falling to pieces. And why? Alcoholism is a disease that tells you that you haven't got a problem. You are the only one who can't see it.

Jonathan Rhys Meyers Apologises For Relapse 'Blip'

The Huffington Post UK | Daniel Welsh | Posted 27.05.2015 | UK Entertainment

Jonathan Rhys Meyers has assured his fans he’s “on the mend”, after being photographed appearing to drink vodka on the street. The ‘Dracula...

A Day in the Life of a Non-Drinker

Daniel Johnson | Posted 13.05.2016 | UK Comedy
Daniel Johnson

The notion that I need a particular type of liquid to unwind is an unusual concept. For a non-drinker, relaxation can be achieved through numerous other means. For example, one of my favourite ways to unwind is simply to sit down. This is achievable regardless of what I drink.

Sober for the Sake of It

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 13.06.2015 | 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 31.05.2015 | 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 29.05.2015 | 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 14.05.2015 | 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 09.05.2015 | 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 25.04.2015 | 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

Jonathan Young | Posted 07.12.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jonathan 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.