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Author: Chris Cordell

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How To Quit Alcohol and Drugs As Your 2021 New Years Resolution

Even though nearly 50 % of people say they want to improve their health and wellbeing and save money, only 16% say they want to do something about their drinking and there are never any published data around drug use and New Years resolutions. The fact that alcohol use can contribute to over 60 negative physical and mental health conditions and is full of sugar it should be much higher on the list of things to address to improve your health. And with cocaine related hospital admissions at a 10 year high and over 350,000 alcohol related hospital admissions in 2019 stopping your use will also help our overstretched NHS who are busting at the seams with COVID-19 patients at the moment.

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Depression, Stress, Anxiety And Drug And Alcohol Use

Dealing with stress, anxiety and depression is never easy at any time of the year but 2020 has bought in additional challenges with COVID-19. And with the latest announcement with many areas of the UK going into Tier 4 lockdown has been just one step too far for many people. Turning to drugs and alcohol is not the answer

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Chemsex – Be Safe At Xmas

Chemsex is a growing phenomenon in the UK and is virtually exclusive to the LGBTQ+ community. Chemsex has become synonymous with a specific type of sexual behaviour and drug taking

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How To Stop Drinking Alcohol Safely

So, you have decided that you are drinking too much, and you want to quit – terrific! Currently there are about 8.4 million people in the UK that are drinking at hazardous and harmful levels, almost double the number since lockdown. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) defines ‘hazardous drinking’ as ‘a pattern of consumption that increases someone’s risk of harm’.

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SAD Enough For A Drink

Many years ago, Consultant Psychiatrist Tom Foster wrote a paper, Dying for a Drink, about the link between mental health, suicide, and the use of alcohol. In particular he explored the correlation of this around SAD (seasonal affective disorder). As we move further into the winter months and as a pre-cursor to alcohol awareness week this something that needs to be considered.

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