The Longterm Effects of Drinking

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I thought it would be useful to set out a timeline of the physiological changes that take place when you consume alcohol regularly. 1. Experimental When you first consume alcohol, your brain has never encountered it before and it is ill-prepared to deal with it. First-time drinkers find that their tolerance is low and they […]

The Magic Pebble

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Someone messaged me recently to ask the following question: If it takes 20 minutes for alcohol to get into our system why do I get a buzz straight after the first sip? I thought it was worth delving into a bit further in the form of a blog post because this feeds into the psychology […]

Why Life Isn’t Boring Without Alcohol

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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 have a problem with alcohol, but what if you […]

Falling Off The Wagon

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There is a common dynamic when we fall off the wagon after a period of sobriety that is worth bearing in mind. With regular drinkers, because alcohol is a sedative, and because your brain reacts to it by becoming hypersensitive so that it can work under the sedating effects of the alcohol, we have an […]

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 or bad. Many thanks,

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 book), update and refine them, […]

Trauma and Alcohol Dependency

During group psychotherapy men discover their hopes, fears, losses, frustrations, and traumas

There is a big drive these days to say that trauma is at the root of all addiction. I seem to be the only person out there saying this: but it isn’t. Let me explain. What proponents of the trauma/addiction model are saying is not that you cannot get addicted to a drug unless you […]

Is Alcohol a Stimulant?

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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 used for an alcoholic drink is a ‘livener’). […]

The End of Lockdown – Socialising

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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 its own challenges. After all, one of […]

Why Lockdown Led to an Increase in Drinking

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The lockdown has had quite a profound effect on many people’s drinking.  Some people have found that their drinking has increased (often dramatically) and others have found that the lockdown was their key to stopping. People in this second group may have stopped for anything up to a year, but many of them feel that […]