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Paul Gascoigne talks about alcoholism

Paul Gascoigne talks about alcoholism

After retiring from professional football, Paul Gascoigne's life has been dominated by mental health problems. In an interview with BBC Sport, he talks openly about his diagnosis, struggles and ongoing battle with alcoholism. [Image from The Guardian newspaper]

Charles Kennedy’s struggle with alcoholism

Charles Kennedy’s struggle with alcoholism

Charles Kennedy, the former MP and leader of the Liberal Democrats, has died at the age of 55 years. Kennedy led the Liberal Democrats for more than six years, including its best election result in 2005, but lost his seat at last month’s election. He resigned as party leader in 2006 after admitting that he had been receiving treatment for alcoholism.

Beware the morning after

Beware the morning after

A timely reminder for all World Cup football fans that the only way to 'sober up' after a match is over time. It takes 1 hour to process 1 unit of alcohol.

300 years of drinking history

300 years of drinking history

From the gin craze in the 1700s to minimum unit pricing debates today, an exhibition by the Royal College of Physicians tells stories of drinking: consumption and regulation, excess and temperance, celebration and destitution, disease and cure through the work of artists, doctors and satirists. Open 13 January - 27 June 2014.

What do you call an alcoholic?

What do you call an alcoholic?

The term alcoholic - on its own to denote someone addicted to alcohol - was first used in 1852 in the Scottish Temperance Review. The term has many negative associations. This article discusses the advantages and disadvantages of alternative terms.

Calories in alcoholic drinks

Calories in alcoholic drinks

Alcohol consumption is underestimated

Alcohol consumption is underestimated

Researchers compared alcohol sales figures with surveys of what people said they drank. They found there was a significant shortfall with almost half of the alcohol sold unaccounted for in the consumption figures given by drinkers. This suggests as many as three-quarters of people may be drinking above the recommended daily alcohol limit.

Amy Winehouse died after drinking too much alcohol

Amy Winehouse died after drinking too much alcohol

A second inquest has ruled that the singer Amy Winehouse drank herself to death. The hearing was told the star was more than five times the legal drink-drive limit when she died, having 416mg of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood in her system - the legal driving limit is 80mg. Dr Radcliffe, the Coroner, said the star died from alcohol toxicity, adding it was a level of alcohol commonly associated with fatality. She said Winehouse voluntarily consumed alcohol and added two empty vodka bottles were on the floor beside her bed when her body was discovered.

Drinking mirror

Drinking mirror

The Scottish government has published an app, Drinking Mirror, which attempts to scare women into changing their alcohol drinking habits. It does this by simulating what their faces may look like in 10 years time if they continue to drink alcohol heavily.

Addiction
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