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...

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...

Why Lockdown Led to an Increase in Drinking

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...

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...