Pregabalin and Alcohol

Mixing Pregabalin and Alcohol – Side Effects & Risks In most cases, those who have been prescribed Pregabalin(Lyrica) simply don’t realise that this medication must be taken exactly as recommended, which means it should not be mixed with other substances, including alcohol. Pregabalin in its nature is easily abused and poses the risk of addiction. […]

Alcoholism Facts

Alcohol acts as a depressant on the nervous system, creating a ‘high’ or relaxed state in the drinker and a release from inhibitions. Alcohol has been described as the world’s favourite drug and the drug associated with the greatest level of harm; in 2014, there were 8,697 alcohol-related deaths registered in the UK (Scotland registered the […]

Is my Alcohol Consumption Affecting my Family Life?

Negative effects of alcoholism on the family include: Effects upon Babies and Children Women who consume alcohol during pregnancy are putting their babies at risk of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS), one of the top three causes of birth defects. The concentration of alcohol in a drinking pregnant woman’s bloodstream is the same as in her […]

The Signs and Symptoms of a Functional Alcoholic

Signs of Functional Alcoholism The diagnosis of a drinking disorder (or any substance use disorder for that matter) should be made by a trained healthcare professional. However, there are some common signs and symptoms that an individual may fit the definition of a functioning alcoholic: While substance use-related functional impairments (difficulties at work or school, […]

Functional Alcoholism & Work

Is there a problem with functioning alcoholics at work? The physical, cognitive, and emotional impairments associated with alcohol intoxication and alcohol withdrawal can compromise work performance in every area in any work setting, not to mention compromising safety for the individual and his or her colleagues. Many employers have specific policies prohibiting employees from being […]

How to Help a Functional Alcoholic

Should a functioning alcoholic seek treatment? Alcoholism is a serious condition with significant mental, medical, physical, emotional, and life consequences for the individual and those around him or her. Anyone overusing alcohol or drugs, regardless of their degree of “functionality” should seek professional treatment. What are the ways that family members can help a functional […]

Alcoholic Anonymous

Does Alcoholic Anonymous (AA) Work? How many times have you felt lost, hopeless or defeated? As someone who has a problem with alcohol, you may always wish to move to sobriety, but temptations and triggers may seem to hold you back. Here at Castle Craig, we know how important peer-to-peer support can be in the […]

Alcohol Addiction Online Resources

 Alcohol Addiction, Websites of Interest If you’re suffering from alcohol addiction, or know someone who is, it’s often difficult to know where to start.  Below we have compiled a list of websites offering advice on alcohol addiction. We have also listed a number of NHS websites that offer help and advice depending on where you […]

Five Reasons Why Alcohol Detox at Home Could Be Risky

Safety  If you have been misusing alcohol and/or drugs for a significant period, your brain may now be relying on them to maintain a level of functioning. When those substances are removed, the mind and body cannot function as normal, perhaps leading to distressing symptoms. These can trigger a desire to want to drink and […]

The Dangers of Quitting Alcohol Cold Turkey: Navigating Sobriety Safely

Deciding to quit alcohol is a courageous step towards a healthier and more fulfilling life. While the idea of immediate freedom from alcohol may seem appealing, it is essential to understand the potential dangers associated with this approach. Is it Safe to Quit Alcohol Cold Turkey? When undertaking the road toward sobriety, it is necessary […]

The Twelve Traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous (and Similar Fellowships)

Origin of the 12 Traditions The Twelve Traditions represent one of the twin pillars of Alcoholics Anonymous (the other pillar is of course the Twelve Steps, which precede them by roughly ten years). Bill Wilson first introduced the Traditions in 1946 in articles for the Grapevine Magazine entitled “Twelve Points to Assure Our Future”. In 1949 the […]