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Post-Rehab Interview with Jamie C

Posted on March 18th, 2015

anonymous-portraitFind out how it feels to go through a rehab experience. This is an anonymous interview to protect the identity of the patient and let him concentrate on getting his life back on track.

Q: Can you describe the two main reasons that caused you to go rehab?

A: I was broken and had run out of ideas. The alcohol had stopped working. They call it in AA “washing machine head” – paranoia, delusions that you’re ok when you’re not. Everything was hard. (more…)

Is Alcohol Consumption Related to the Unit Price?

Posted on March 12th, 2015

There is a body of evidence that suggests alcohol consumption is related to its price, and that increasing its price results in a significant reduction of its harmful effects, including deaths from road traffic accidents and alcohol related health problems. However there is also contradictory evidence: that those most likely to come to alcohol related harm, the harmful drinkers, are the least likely to respond to increased prices by reducing their consumption.

Alcohol Price

Alcohol Price


Bring Your Prescription Along or Face a £5,000 Fine!

Posted on March 2nd, 2015

Being under the influence of alcohol while operating a vehicle has been a major issue since the 19th Century. Laws in the UK have been in place since 1872 under the Licensing Act to avoid accidents caused by individuals driving while in charge of carriages, horses and even cattle. In the 1960’s the first breathalyser was approved and there was an introduction of the maximum legal drink driving limit (more…)

Post-Rehab Interview with Nigel B

Posted on February 19th, 2015

Q: Can you describe the two main reasons that caused you to go rehab?

A: I had enough of living how I was living. I had a feeling I was not going to live much longer if I carried on drinking and living the way I was. (more…)

Alcohol and the Teenage Brain

Posted on February 12th, 2015

There are legal and ethical constraints on research on how alcohol effects the brain of a teenager. Thus in trying to determine the effects of alcohol on the developing brain, tests have always been carried out on animals, primarily rats and mice.


White Paper: Strategies for Poly-drug Users

Posted on August 28th, 2014

How is treatment approach different for people who use more than one type of drug?

The issue of polydrug use is becoming a growing area of concern for many nations, and with the dawn of new legal highs as well as access to more traditional drugs, it is unsurprising that there is a growing number of people reported to be using multiple drugs alongside each other.


White Paper: Alcohol as a Factor in Habit Formation

Posted on August 11th, 2014

The formation of habits occurs through repeated practice with some form of reward. This paper aims to discuss the impact of habitutal behaviour on alcohol consumption and vice versa, looking at habits, their formation and how alcohol can impact this.


Third of Scots have turned up to work suffering from drink or drugs

Posted on April 30th, 2014

Sometimes it can be hard to recognise when alcohol has taken over your life, often the beginning signs are subtle and easy to miss.  However over time it becomes more and more clear that alcohol is having an impact on various areas of your life.  You may neglect non-drinking friends or partners in order to go out for drinks with other friends, you may ignore prior commitments in place of a drink or you may let your alcohol use affect your work in some way.


Helping a teenage child with alcohol problems

Posted on April 30th, 2014

It seems that hold that alcohol has on us as a nation is growing, and it is not picky about who it grabs hold of.  Recent reports show that the age range of those suffering with alcoholism is growing ever wider, with both more young people and older people than ever before suffering from the disease.


Five reasons to quit alcohol and enjoy life

Posted on April 30th, 2014

  1. Money – Money is often one of the strongest motivators for anything in our life, it’s why we work, and without it we can’t do all the things we want to. But when you spend all your money on alcohol it means you don’t get to do the other things you enjoy, whether it’s a holiday, buying a new car or even just a regular outing with a friend. When alcohol takes over you life, it also takes over your finances, and sometimes it’s not until we start spending our money on things we used to enjoy, that we realise how much we miss them. So try spending even one nights drinking money on something else and see which you enjoyed more.
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