Find 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.
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…)
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.(more…)
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…)
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…)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.