May 13, 2014

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. I asked for […]
October 15, 2013

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 and if not treated […]
September 4, 2013

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 producing wine is around […]
August 29, 2013

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. I had no appetite and had […]
August 4, 2013

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

People who are addicted to drugs do not believe they have a problem, and 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 the clutch of addiction. Just telling that person you […]
July 5, 2013

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 is a gradual […]
June 6, 2013

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. However, the more an individual […]
June 5, 2013

Alcohol abuse and denial

For a person with alcoholism and substance abuse one of the hardest steps in reaching recovery is overcoming the denial which almost ever person will inevitably experience. The need for alcohol and the addiction is so overpowering that the addict will try in every way to rationalise their behaviour and […]
June 4, 2013

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 the earlier stages of recovery, […]
May 27, 2013

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 it is the right decision now it will always be. […]
May 26, 2013

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 are it […]
May 25, 2013

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 or a good malt whisky. […]
May 23, 2013

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 them a happy solution. […]
May 22, 2013

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 is making them depressed. You […]
May 21, 2013

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; or people vomit; have accidents; kill or maim through drunk driving; become unreliable; are miserable and unhappy; stop eating […]
May 19, 2013

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 never taken any so called party drugs, […]
May 18, 2013

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, let us consider […]
May 17, 2013

The illusion of the effects of alcohol

Why do we drink? 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 that we cannot […]
May 16, 2013

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 is a good way […]
May 15, 2013

Does alcohol give you courage?

It is a myth that alcohol gives you courage. 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 are afraid of flying having a drink in […]
May 14, 2013

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 more but we can stop. Some […]
May 12, 2013

Why drinking 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 moment we die. Our bodies […]
May 11, 2013

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 and courage, relieves stress, helps us […]
May 10, 2013

What does alcohol do?

Alcohol is a poison that shortens your life considerably. It is addictive. It will destroy your immune system and impair your concentration and judgement. It will take away your confidence, your courage, your ability to relax and your enjoyment of life. It will embarrass you on occasions and make you […]