10th December 2018
Alcoholic Drinking

Living with an Alcoholic

Living with an Alcoholic From my personal experience, living with an alcoholic is somewhat an emotional rollercoaster. On one hand you love that family member who suffers from addiction and on the other, you hate their illness. At times it’s heart-breaking to watch somebody who you love be consumed by […]
13th May 2014

Alcoholism: The Progression

Alcoholism: The Progression For almost everyone, their first drink tastes disgusting and takes a long time to get down. My first drink was bought for me by my brother and sister. As a 13 year old, we were all out at a young person’s do and there was a bar. […]
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 […]
4th September 2013

Interesting Facts About Alcohol

Interesting Facts About Alcohol Who invented alcohol? The simple answer is nature did. Natural growing yeast, found in soils (saccharomyces cerevisiae) eats the naturally occurring sugars in fruit or grain and as a result produces alcohol and carbon dioxide. This process is called fermentation. The earliest evidence of man actually […]
29th August 2013

HELP Me to Stop Drinking Please

HELP Me to Stop Drinking Please This is a story of what alcohol did to a patient and how they found help, hope and a new life through The Haynes Clinic. By the time I got the help I needed, my drinking had taken me to a very dark place. […]
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 […]
5th July 2013

What is Alcoholism?

What is Alcoholism? Alcoholism is a chronic, often progressive disease in which a person craves alcohol and drinks despite repeated alcohol related problems (like losing a job or a relationship). Alcoholism involves a physical dependence on alcohol, but other factors include genetic, psychological, and cultural influences. Becoming addicted to alcohol […]
6th June 2013

One Day at a Time

One Day at a Time The phrase “one day at a time” is frequently used in the 12 step rehabilitation programme. It may seem confusing at first as most addicts in recovery are looking at the long-term process. Wanting to quit their substance abuse for the rest of their lives. […]
5th June 2013

Alcohol Abuse and Denial

Alcohol Abuse and Denial For a person with alcoholism and substance abuse one of the hardest steps in reaching recovery is overcoming the denial, rationalisation and justification which almost ever person will inevitably experience. The need for alcohol and the addiction is so overpowering that the addict will try in […]
4th June 2013

Anonymity in the Recovery Process

Anonymity in the Recovery Process After being in recovery for a certain amount of time. The recovering addict will have to make decisions as to when they will let those around them know what they are going through and what exactly to tell different people. For those who are in […]
27th May 2013

Thoughts to Bear in Mind When you Have Stopped Drinking

Thoughts to Bear in Mind When you Have Stopped Drinking 1. Do not hold onto the thought of not drinking; rather think of it as being free from the prison of drinking and the obsession around it 2. Never allow yourself to doubt you have made the right decision. If […]
26th May 2013

Giving Up

Giving Up If you have tried giving up through using willpower, you may have found it difficult – at least for the first 24 hours when withdrawals were the worst – or you may have found the initial stopping quite easy. However, if you were using willpower then the chances […]
25th May 2013

Alcohol: Fooled by the Hype

Alcohol: Fooled by the Hype We are not only fooled into drinking alcohol because of the image of sophistication, glamour and maturity that has been portrayed in the advertising. We are also fooled into thinking that it takes a connoisseur to be able to recognise a decent bottle of wine […]
23rd May 2013

Controlled Drinking versus Abstinence

Controlled Drinking versus Abstinence The prevailing view that alcoholics lack willpower and that is why they drink so much is a total myth. Alcoholics are often extremely strong willed and try very hard to harness their will power. Often for may years, before finally realising that this will not give […]
22nd May 2013

Does Drinking make you Happy?

Does Drinking make you Happy? Alcohol is a depressant so by definition it does not make you happy. So many people who book into the Haynes Clinic believe that their problem is depression and that is at least partly why they drink – whereas the reality is that the alcohol […]
21st May 2013

Do we need to Drink to be Sociable?

Do we need to Drink to be Sociable? How sociable is drinking? It is not sociable when people get so drunk that fights break out; or when things are said that ought not to be said; or families row; people vomit; have accidents; kill or maim through drunk driving; become […]
19th May 2013

Are some People Destined to Become Alcoholics?

Are some People Destined to Become Alcoholics? Do some of us have an addictive personality which means that we were destined to become alcoholics or addicts? This is a challenging question and I have read both sides of the argument. On the one hand, as a recovering alcoholic who has […]
18th May 2013

Food and Alcohol

Food and Alcohol Lots of people associate fine dining with the consumption of alcohol. Being ‘wined and dined’ is a phrase in common parlance. It is interesting that being ‘wined’ seems to take priority over being ‘dined’. Many eating occasions are just about unthinkable without the presence of alcohol. However, […]
17th May 2013

The Illusion of the Effects of Alcohol

The Illusion of the Effects of Alcohol We are all led to believe that alcohol will do something for us and is beneficial. It will make us happy, sophisticated, more sociable, more relaxed. It will help us to enjoy an occasion and our lives more. The corollary of this is […]
16th May 2013

Does Alcohol Relieve Stress?

Does Alcohol Relieve Stress? If I were to say straight out that alcohol does not relieve stress, I would be shot down in flames. So many people would say, for example, that a drink after a hard day’s work relaxes them and makes them feel better. If deadening your senses […]
15th May 2013

Does Alcohol Give You Courage?

Does Alcohol Give You Courage? It is a myth that alcohol gives you courage, reduces your fear?. People who believe it does will point to the fact that people were given alcohol before battle . For example, sailors were given a ‘tot of rum’. Others might point to people who […]
14th May 2013

Can You Stop Drinking by Willpower?

Can You Stop Drinking by Willpower? The short answer is ‘yes’. Lots of alcoholics are very strong willed and we can all use that will power to stop at least for a while. We might go through the sweats and the shakes, and feel very ill for 24 hours or […]
12th May 2013

Why Drinking Alcohol is Foolish

Why Drinking Alcohol is Foolish Our bodies are amazing machines. If you think about the complexity of the human body and what it achieves it is truly awe inspiring. From the moment we are born our heart beats even when we are asleep. Oxygen is pumped around us until the […]
11th May 2013

Are We Brainwashed into Drinking Alcohol?

Are We Brainwashed into Drinking Alcohol? Carr refers to the whole culture of alcohol in the Western world as a brainwashing exercise. He says that from when young we are bombarded with messages about how alcohol quenches your thirst, tastes good, makes us happy, steadies our nerves, gives us confidence […]