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The Benefits of Sobriety

This topic could almost be a rewriting of the whole of Alcohol Explained, things like reduced heart rate which leads to higher energy levels, greater mental resilience, far better sleep (and the whole world of increased quality of life that flows from that),...

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Why Life Isn’t Boring Without Alcohol

This particular topic opens up a whole realm of interesting sub topics, not least of which is where we draw the line between the so called ‘normal drinker’ and the ‘problem drinker’. If you are drinking all day every day without being able to stop, then you clearly...

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Online Course Free Taster

  I'm very pleased to say that the first 7 modules of the online course are now available to try for free. You can find this on the 'Online Course' page of the website, link below: https://www.alcoholexplained.com/course/ Please do let me have any feedback, good...

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Alcohol Explained Online Course

I’m very pleased to say that the Alcohol Explained online course is now up and running. You can find it on this site under the main menu. The idea was to get everything in Alcohol Explained and Alcohol Explained 2 (and even one or two things that aren’t in either...

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Is Alcohol a Stimulant?

Alcohol is a sedative. It is a chemical depressant. By that I mean it decreases or inhibits nerve activity. Some people struggle with this concept because their personal experience of drinking is that a drink energises them (over here in the UK one of the many terms...

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The End of Lockdown – Socialising

In my last post I looked at why lockdown has caused many people to drink more. But drinking more isn’t everyone’s story. A lot of people used lockdown as a springboard for stopping and have been very successful. But for these people the ending of lockdown will bring...

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Genetics and Addiction

I’ve read a lot recently about the link between genetics and addiction. I thought it was worth doing a post clarifying the position. The starting point, I think, it that genetics cannot dictate behaviour. Behaviour is learnt, not inherited. There is no gene that can...

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Why it’s not so effective the second time round.

It's not just Alcohol Explained, in fact it's not just alcohol. Whether you are trying to quit drinking, or smoking, or anything else, often a method that worked very well the first time just doesn't seem so effective the second time around. Why is this? Actually...

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Covid 19, Anxiety and Relapse

There are a lot of people relapsing at the moment. Anxiety levels are high and our usual routines are out the window (along with the usual rules on drinking). Many so called moderate drinkers are now drinking every day when they didn't before, they are drinking...

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Zoom Chat

I'm taking part in a Zoom chat later today (5pm UK time) run by Sober Experiment. If anyone is interested in joining here is the link: https://zoom.us/j/585744492 Look forward to virtually seeing you all!

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Alcohol Explained 2

I'm pleased to say that Alcohol Explained 2 is now available on Amazon. It is currently free on Kindle until Thursday 12th December. Links below. For regular readers of my blog post you may recognise much of what is in there from my blog posts, but I have developed...

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Dopamine, Serotonin and Endorphins

Dopamine, Serotonin and Endorphins are all chemicals that occur naturally in the human brain. They are all linked to addiction and I thought it was worth clarifying exactly the role that these chemicals play because, as is usual with alcohol and addiction, there is a...

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Recovery and Religion

There was a post recently in the Alcohol Explained Facebook Group with some fairly pronounced religious overtones. The recovery community is an amazing thing in many ways. It’s hard to imagine where else you could find such a large group of people whose main interest...

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The Tipping Point

A lot of people struggle with endless day ones, or find the thought of attending certain specific occasions (such as socialising, birthdays, etc) without drinking extremely hard and intimidating. For those not familiar with the phrase 'the tipping point' it means the...

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Alcohol and Parenting

This article isn’t going to introduce any new concepts or insights, it is just the application of principles already covered in Alcohol Explained to a specific set of individual circumstances, specifically that of parenthood. I have mentioned before how my drinking...

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The Key to Quitting

The key to quitting any drug, including alcohol, is to materially change how we perceive that drug. Addiction, any addiction, comes about because a part of the addict believes that they need the drug to fully enjoy, or cope with, life. The drug may be dragging them...

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Vicky’s Story

This post is something a little different. When a few people had contacted me to say thank you for writing Alcohol Explained I added the 'Personal Stories' page to the website sand started asking people who emailed me if I could add their stories there. Vicky is...

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Nicotine Explained

I'm very pleased to say that Nicotine Explained is now available for purchase (the paperback version is available now, the kindle version is available for pr-order for release this Tuesday 14th May). It provides a similar analysis of nicotine as Alcohol Explained does...

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Stopping Drinking and Weightloss

Today is my 5 year soberversary. I was going to do a post about all the benefits I've seen over the last 5 years, but as I was planning it in my mind one benefit in particular seemed to warrant an entire post in itself; the often controversial topic of quitting...

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Some Tips on Sleep

One of the worst things about drinking is its impact on sleep (for more information on this click here) and one of the greatest gains in stopping is to get back to sleeping well and getting the good quality sleep you need so you wake up feeling refreshed, positive,...

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Why You Drink More Than You Want To

You wake up. You feel rubbish. How much did you drink last night? Can’t remember exactly? The only thing you are sure of is that it was far more then you intended. Again. So why is there this tendency to drink too much? Is it just that you get carried away in the...

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Diet and Fitness Explained

The new book is now available (links below). It is entitled 'Diet and Fitness Explained', but the fitness element is fairly short (some three chapters). It just gives a very high level overview of fitness aimed at the absolute beginner. So for those with an...

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Alcohol Explained Facebook Group

The Alcohol Explained Facebook group is now created. If you search Alcohol Explained on Facebook you should be able to find it. If you want to join it just do a membership request which I will approve. Any problems drop me a line through the Contact page of the...

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Diet and Fitness Explained

Firstly apologies for being out of contact for so long. I've been working on a new book about diet and fitness (with the not very imaginative provisional title of 'Diet and Fitness Explained'). It's been enjoyable and interesting to write but fitting it around a full...

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Moderating

Karyn recently asked about my doing a blog post amplifying the concept of the 'stimulant vs depressant' side of alcohol consumption, and its impact on moderation. This coincided with someone sending me an email asking about moderation. Hence this post. I am not going...

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Audio Version of Alcohol Explained

  I am pleased to announce that the audio version of Alcohol Explained is now available on Audible. You can find it here. It should be available on Amazon and ITunes within the next couple of days. Don't worry about the high price (it is dictated by the retailer...

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Christmas

There are two types of drinking at Christmas. Firstly, there is the ‘mistletoe and wine’ drinking. The good side of drinking, the Dickensian side of drinking. Good friends coming in from the cold and snow into a warm room of dark oak with a roaring fire, flagons of...

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Comments

I've added a comments page to the website. Please feel free to make whatever use of it you see fit. Also a quick update on the audio version of Alcohol Explained, production is well underway and I am hoping it will be released in early December.

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Alcohol Explained – 2nd Edition

Firstly apologies for being fairly inactive recently. I started a new job a month ago and what little free time I did have almost entirely evaporated, and what I have had I have spent rewriting and updating Alcohol Explained. I am pleased to announce this this task is...

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How Alcocentric is our Society?

This chart Is from the Washington Post from 2014 relating to drinking habits in the US. I think it is extremely interesting and ties in with a couple of incidents that happened to me recently that has made me consider how ‘alcocentric’ western society actually is. To...

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This Naked Mind

I recently read This Naked Mind by Annie Grace. There are many points in there that work very well with Alcohol Explained and some in particular that I think are worth specifically mentioning. Firstly is the question of why it is difficult to limit our intake during...

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Contributions

Some of you may be aware but this website went down recently and I had to rebuild it (thanks again to John S for putting me on to Goole cached pages and saving me I dread to think how many hours work). While I was putting it together again I began to look at it...

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References in Alcohol Explained

Several times I have been asked about putting references in Alcohol Explained to back up the text itself. Originally I didn’t put references in because I had in mind the readership could include those suffering from severe alcohol withdrawal so didn’t want to clutter...

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Dehydration

The average human body is around 70% water. The actual water content is controlled by the brain which keeps a certain percentage as a reserve in case it is suddenly required, most usually for sweating. Sweating is one of the ways in which our bodies maintain the...

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Blackouts

When I talk about blackouts I am not talking about falling unconscious after drinking, I am talking about periods of consciousness which the drinker has no memory of. Indeed the term ‘blackout’ usually has even further connotations than this. It is usually a period...

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