alcohol awareness week
I certainly know how alcohol can affect kids, because my dad was an alcoholic. I remember seeing him drink in the morning when I was little, and thinking it was normal. It wasn't just my dad either - my gran had problems with it too, as did others in my family.
While detoxing can impede sleep at first, once your body has adapted you will benefit from far healthier, better-quality sleep. Poor sleep has been linked to obesity, diabetes, heart disease, cancer and shorter life expectancy.
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.
It is commonly understood that drinking alcohol heavily and regularly can lead to serious harm like liver disease and it is true that the health harms of alcohol are generally 'dose-dependent', that is the risk of harm increases with the amount drunk.
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.
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.
It's Alcohol Awareness Week and a good time to ask ourselves: why do Brits embrace alcohol more than others? Is our self esteem so low that we need to augment dreary personalities? And do these concerns genuinely trump the very real increased risk of major health problems?