Alcohol-related hospital admissions are on the rise

Alcohol-related hospital admissions are on the rise

According to the latest Statistics on Alcohol England 2017 report, there were a record 1.1 million alcohol-related hospital admissions in England between 2015 and 2016.

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Five damaging myths about alcohol addiction

Five damaging myths about alcohol addiction

Do you have a good understanding of alcohol addiction? The reality might be quite different to what you expect, with information through television or societal prejudice allowing myths to arise.

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When social drinking becomes a problem

When social drinking becomes a problem

Society has normalised drinking to the extent that many of us don’t see going out and drinking heavily as a problem. We are so used to images of people falling out of pubs and clubs that we don’t bat an eyelid when we see it, with some even setting out to get this drunk.

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How to reduce your alcohol consumption in the New Year

How to reduce your alcohol consumption in the New Year

If you’re worried about how much alcohol you have consumed over the holidays, below are some great ways to help stay on top of how much you’re consuming.

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Study finds that women may be out-drinking men

Study finds that women may be out-drinking men

A new study has found that women may be out-drinking men for the first time. Experts warn the normalisation of everyday alcohol consumption is putting women at risk of long-term health issues. 

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Recognising the difference between social drinking and problem drinking

Recognising the difference between social drinking and problem drinking

Most people find it difficult to identify when ‘normal’ drinking becomes problem drinking. For example, how do you know how often is too often when it comes to how many times a week you go for after-work drinks?

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Should alcohol be treated like other drugs?

Should alcohol be treated like other drugs?

The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) has urged the government to start taking alcohol use as seriously as it does the use of illegal substances.

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Over-50s are turning to alcohol to help deal with stress

Over-50s are turning to alcohol to help deal with stress

A new survey has revealed that the over-50s are increasingly turning to alcohol and as a result are developing dangerous drinking habits.

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Drunkorexia: what is it and why is it so bad for our health?

Drunkorexia: what is it and why is it so bad for our health?

Drunkorexia is a word that few people have probably heard but will more than likely have experienced either personally or through a friend.

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Drinking heavily at home has become a feature of British life

Researchers from the University of Sheffield have found that more Brits are drinking from the comfort of their homes than ever before.

Whilst affordability is a factor as the price of alcohol continues to increase, experts have warned that drinking at home leads to engagement in ‘higher risk drinking’.

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The facts about alcohol abuse in the UK

There is a proliferation of media articles concerning horror stories or studies on how much alcohol people should consume, but do we really have reason to be concerned or is it just media sensationalising?

It’s time to separate the facts from the fiction when it comes to alcohol abuse and its effects.

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How to help someone addicted to alcohol

It’s estimated that 9% of men and 4% of women in the UK have a problem with alcohol. The effects of dealing with alcohol dependence are felt not just by the person directly, but also those around them, their friends and family.

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Can Dry January help to better Britain’s drinking culture?

If you’re taking part in Dry January and are starting to feel the struggle, below are just a few of the reasons why starting the year alcohol-free is so good for you.

Saves money

Research carried out by MacMillan Cancer Support shows that the average Brit spends approximately £50,000 on alcohol in their lifetime. This works out at about £787 a year which is the equivalent of an extra holiday. If you need some motivation then remember that the longer you stay teetotal, the more money you’re saving.

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Kids Allowed To Try Alcohol Form Worse Drinking Habits

children and alcohol abuseChances are that almost everyone can remember their parents allowing them to try a little taste of an alcoholic beverage even at a very young age. Whilst most of us believe that this is perfectly harmless and perhaps even helps to prevent problem drinking because it makes alcohol less taboo, new research has found that this is not the case at all.

A study which was carried out in the US has found that children who have sipped alcohol by the age of 11 are five times more likely to have had a full drink by the time they’re 14. Furthermore, they’re also four times more likely to binge drink or get drunk compared to those who had never sampled alcohol before.

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How To Stay Sober Over Christmas

how to stay sober over the holidaysWhilst millions of us look forward to the endless parties and social occasions that Christmas so often brings, for anyone battling an alcohol addiction this can be an incredibly challenging time of year.

Whether this time of year makes you feel lonely, the financial pressures are getting to you or you feel left out watching everyone else enjoying their favourite tipple, here are some great tips to help stay sober over Christmas.

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MP Says More Help Needed To Help Those Affected By Alcohol

b2ap3_thumbnail_alcohol-addiction_20151222-144436_1.jpgEx-minister, Liam Byrne has called for more to be done to help children whose parents are classed as ‘hazardous drinkers’.

After speaking about his own experiences as a child, the Labour MP has urged that more needs to be done to tackle the taboo subject and help families whose lives are being damaged by alcohol abuse.

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Surviving Christmas With An Addiction To Drugs Or Alcohol

b2ap3_thumbnail_christmas-depression_20151221-103959_1.jpgPeople in recovery from drug or alcohol addiction often struggle over the holidays. It can feel like everything and everyone is pushing you to use. Life Works mental health professionals understand this and so we have put together a little list of do's and dont's for the holidays. This list is by no means comprehensive but it does give you some groundrules for staying sober this Christmas. Remember one of, if not the most important rule is do not isolate yourself. Isoaltion feeds addiction so locking yourself away during the Christmas season is not nesisarily the best option for recovery. If you would like to learn more about recovery check out the infographic. If you need addiction help please contact us today. 

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Reasons To Stay Sober This Holiday Season

alcohol addiction recovery at Christmas Christmas can be a very tempting time for alcoholics in recovery. There are drinks everywhere and for someone newly on the wagon, it may seen like the only way to celebrate is with alcohol. With that in mind, we put together a list of reasons not to drink. This is a basic list but it is a good start and an excelent motivational tool. Check out our list and then make your own. Look at all the reasons you have to stay sober, write them down and keep that list with you. When you are really struggling, sometimes seeing what you are fighting for can give you the strength you need to stay alcohol free. If you are struggling with alcohol addiction please contact Life Works for help. Have a merry Christmas from all of us at Life Works. 

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Less Than One Quarter Of Women Know Alcohol Can Cause Breast Cancer

b2ap3_thumbnail_girl-glass-drinking-silhouette_20151215-102032_1.jpgAccording to a joint survey carried out by Cancer Research UK and Bupa, less than 25% of women are aware that drinking alcohol can increase their risk of developing breast cancer.

In a bid to discover how much women know about the risks of breast cancer, women having a mammogram screening or who were being checked for symptoms were questioned about whether or not they were aware of the link. Of those who did know, at least half were unaware of how much alcohol is in a glass of wine or a pint of beer.

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Brits Are Some Of the Worse Binge Drinkers In The World

alcohol abuseThe Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has warned that Britain’s health system is still lagging behind many other developed countries in terms of our high rates of smoking, obesity and binge drinking.

Following the results of the Health At A Glance 2015 Indicators For Alcohol Report, they have emphasised that ‘urgent attention’ is needed as Britain is struggling to make progress on reducing its rates of binge drinking.

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