11th October 2018

Have you ever Experienced a Blackout due to Drinking?

Have you ever Experienced a Blackout due to Drinking? Over the past month there has been a lot of publicity about the appointment of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court in the USA. The controversy concerning his appointment was due to an allegation of sexual assault in the early 1980s […]
15th October 2013

Alcohol and Liver Disease

Alcohol and Liver Disease Consuming alcohol over the recommended amount of units may lead to liver disease. Excessive alcohol intake over a prolonged period of time leads to an even higher risk of liver diseases such as fatty liver, hepatitis and cirrhosis. This, in turn, can lead to liver failure […]
8th October 2013

Am I an Alcoholic?

Am I an Alcoholic? Do you think you might be an alcoholic? There may be many reasons why you do not want even to consider this question in relation to yourself. There is still a stigma attached to the word and you may feel that people will judge you and […]
3rd October 2013

The Early Signs of Alcoholism

The Early Signs of Alcoholism Even in hindsight, it is hard to identify exactly when my drinking started to become a problem. I know I had to hide it to some extent even early on in my 20s, 20 years before I finally got into recovery. My weekly shopping always […]
1st October 2013

What Sort of Person Becomes an Alcoholic?

What Sort of Person Becomes an Alcoholic? Here is an example of one type…. the successful driven woman. I never thought I would end up in a rehab clinic. Me, the successful one, that everyone believed had it all. Successful career, lovely home, pleasant husband and 4 good looking healthy […]
23rd September 2013

What is a High Functioning Alcoholic?

What is a High Functioning Alcoholic? “As the writer Pete Hamill said in his memoir, “A Drinking Life.” “If I was able to function, to get the work done, there was no reason to worry about drinking. It was part of living, one of the rewards.” (nytimes.com). A high functioning alcoholic […]
16th September 2013

What is Sponsorship in Alcoholics Anonymous?

What is Sponsorship in Alcoholics Anonymous? Alcoholics Anonymous suggests that we find ourselves a sponsor. What is a sponsor? Such a difficult question to answer as it probably means something different to each one of us. Theoretically a sponsor is a person with whom we can share our fears and […]
15th August 2013

Dry Drunk

Dry Drunk Dry drunk is a term used to describe those who are no longer abusing substances. They are still exhibiting behavior which is associated with their using. Anti-social behavior such as a bad temper, depression, dishonesty and selfishness. Essentially nothing has actually changed other than the fact that they […]
4th August 2013

Drug Addiction: What Is Intervention and How Can It Help?

Drug Addiction: What Is Intervention and How Can It Help? People who are addicted to drugs do not believe they have a problem. If there is a problem, it’s your problem. That is a key idea to remember when trying to help a friend or loved one who is in […]
24th May 2013

Are ‘Normal’ Drinkers Lucky?

Are ‘Normal’ Drinkers Lucky? When we first start drinking, we are usually in the company of so-called normal drinkers who seem to be enjoying a drink. As a child, I used to see the drinks come out in people’s homes at Christmas and therefore associated drinking with enjoyable and exciting […]
20th May 2013

Are Alcoholics Weak Willed?

Are Alcoholics Weak Willed? Are Alcoholics Weak Willed? The resounding answer to this is ‘no’. Many alcoholics develop a drinking problem for precisely the opposite reason. The conventional view of an alcoholic as being a homeless old tramp on a park bench with a brown paper bag containing a bottle […]
8th May 2013

More on Definitions of Alcoholism

More on Definitions of Alcoholism The next section of the Allen Carr’s book on controlling alcohol is somewhat confusing as it further discusses what defines an alcoholic. I find the tone somewhat mocking of the Alcoholics Anonymous definition which includes: ‘We are a fellowship of men and women who have […]
28th January 2013

Antabuse

Antabuse Antabuse is also known as disulfiram. It is a medication that reacts violently with alcohol so if you take it and then drink you can feel extremely unwell. The reaction can include vomiting, hot sweats, palpitations, headaches, shortness of breath and coming out in a rash. Many famous people […]
8th November 2012

Live and Let live!

Live and Let Live! This phrase can have several different meanings, especially for those of us who are alcoholics. When we were drinking, its most appropriate use was in trying to fob off our critics – leave us alone, we are not doing any harm. Originally, before our drinking became […]
26th October 2011

Physical effects of Alcohol Abuse

Physical effects of Alcohol Abuse Wernicke – Korsakoff’s syndrome Being alcohol dependent may lead to poor eating habits. Alcohol dependent persons often report lack of appetite or inability to keep food down. In addition, prolonged alcohol use may lead to ulcers in the stomach and makes it difficult to eat […]