Character and moderation

This is the title of a Demos think tank report: Character and moderation encouraging the next generation of responsible drinkers An increased awareness in the health consequences of drinking was cited most commonly as a reason for the decline in young people drinking: two-thirds (66%) of young people surveyed thought this had contributed either a … Continue reading Character and moderation

Moderation – the drinker’s Holy Grail?

There was a great post and discussion over at Belle’s blog recently about moderation.  This has, once again, been swirling around in my mind for consideration and it must be because I’m coming up to 9 months and any major milestone seems to stir up ‘drinking again’ questions.  What is it about moderation that feels … Continue reading Moderation – the drinker’s Holy Grail?

Access to alcohol and heart disease among patients in hospital

This was some research published in the BMJ in June looking at ‘access to alcohol and heart disease among patients in hospital: observational cohort study using differences in alcohol sales laws’. I’ll detail the abstract and then the relevant bits of the discussion which caught my eye: Abstract Objective To investigate the relation between alcohol consumption … Continue reading Access to alcohol and heart disease among patients in hospital

My Struggle With Alcohol: Why I Said Goodbye

So I was busy spring cleaning and letting go of things that should have been let go of a long time ago when I came across this card.  Yep given to me by MrHOF from the kids believe it or not!  As I reach 1000 days tomorrow it feels like a great segway into that … Continue reading My Struggle With Alcohol: Why I Said Goodbye

Effects of Different Alcohol Taxation and Price Policies on Health Inequalities

So before we discuss this new research looking at and exploring the estimated effects of different alcohol taxation and price policies on health inequalities from a mathematical modelling study point of view I thought it beneficial to provide some context.  The graphs to the left show the tax receipts for the UK govt in 2015.  … Continue reading Effects of Different Alcohol Taxation and Price Policies on Health Inequalities

Alcohol and dementia: Adding insult to injury?

This was an excellent guest blog post on Alcohol Policy UK looking at alcohol and dementia (further related posts here). In this guest post, Dr Tony Rao, a consultant and visiting researcher in Old Age Psychiatry, considers recent media coverage over drinking and Alzheimer’s disease in the context of the research and his clinical experience. … Continue reading Alcohol and dementia: Adding insult to injury?

Alcoholics Anonymous saved my life, but now I’ve lost my faith

This was in The Guardian in November and is an interview with Jon Stewart from Sleeper (second from left). My first day of sobriety was the first day I prayed. I’d always been a staunch atheist; I grew up in Yorkshire during the miners’ strike, and was raised on left-wing politics. When I went to … Continue reading Alcoholics Anonymous saved my life, but now I’ve lost my faith