UK Alcoholism

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.

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...