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Royal College of Psychiatrists show drinking has nearly doubled since lockdown

High-risk drinking has nearly doubled since lockdown, reports the Royal College of Psychiatrists, and addiction services are in desperate need of funding. Castle Craig’s data supports this, with website visitors more than doubling, a record number of daily enquiries to our Help Desk, and a rising number of enquiries about the Castle Telehealth online addiction therapy programme. The Royal College of Psychiatrists today issued a statement after analysing data from Public Health England which shows that the rate of people in England drinking “high risk” amounts of alcohol has almost doubled at 19% in June, up from 10.8% in February…

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Managed Alcohol Programmes: A New Strategy for Harm Reduction

Is one solution to alcohol abuse… more alcohol? Some in Canada think so. A few years ago, several cities have implemented managed alcohol programmes (MAP) to tackle severe alcoholism, particularly among those with an unstable housing situation and who drink non-beverage alcohol. After several years of seemingly successful results, other countries including Australia and Scotland are interested in replicating the concept. Already, a homeless shelter in Glasgow wishes to pilot the idea.  While it’s true that such a programme appears to be beneficial in some way for some people, there is a lack of good evidence that these programmes are…

Am I an Alcoholic?

What is an Alcoholic? Characteristics & Levels of Alcoholism

An alcoholic is someone who has a physical and mental dependence on alcohol. We here at Castle Craig view alcoholism as a brain disease. Alcoholism is a serious psychological illness defined as the inability to stop drinking despite potential or actual, negative consequences. An alcoholic is someone who suffers from alcoholism. 4 common characteristics of alcoholics You’ll find many definitions of “alcoholism” and “alcoholic,” most of which have these four characteristics in common: Physical compulsion or need: Without a drink, withdrawal symptoms appear; you have an inability to stop or cut down on drinking. Mental obsession: You lack control and have abnormal cravings…


Wintertime Holiday Mocktail Recipes

The winter holidays are rich in tradition, merriment, and cherishing our relationships. For those amidst their recovery it can also present new challenges to staying sober. Christmas parties, New Years, and family get-togethers can be fraught with triggers and temptations…

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Alcohol Addiction Treatment

At Castle Craig, we believe that alcohol addiction, or alcoholism, is a primary, chronic brain disease. As a result, patients must undergo an abstinence-based programme in order to achieve long-lasting recovery and rehabilitation…

The Signs and Symptoms of a Functional Alcoholic

Functioning alcoholics are individuals who appear to be able to or are in fact actually maintaining life stability while abusing or dependent on alcohol. Visit our site to find out more….

Treatment for Anxiety and Drug or Alcohol Addiction

Patients with a dual diagnosis of addiction to alcohol, drugs, gambling and anxiety have complex needs and are therefore best treated in a residential rehab setting. We provide a complex detox & rehab therapy programme….

Alcohol and Depression

Find out more about the relationship between alcoholism and depression and the specialised treatment programme at Castle Craig for patients with alcohol addiction and depression….

Functional Alcoholism & Work

Find out more about how to deal with functional alcoholics in the workplace. We offer support for employers with treatment for functional alcoholism….

Alcoholism Facts

Read about how much alcohol is safe to drink, how much is a unit, when alcohol becomes a problem & alcoholism treatment options at Castle Craig rehab clinic….

Alcohol Health Risks

Alcoholism, prolonged heavy drinking & binge drinking have a variety of adverse effects on the body. Read alcohol long-term health risks & side effects here….

How to Help a Functional Alcoholic

How can family members help a functional alcoholic, someone who is addicted to alcohol but continues to lead a normal life on the outside? Castle Craig offers advice, information and a residential treatment programme for functional alcoholism….

Is my Alcohol Consumption Affecting my Family Life?

Alcoholism is a ‘family disease’. If you have an alcohol problem yourself or know an alcoholic family member, contact us for specialist addiction help. Early recognition & alcohol addiction treatment can reset the damage….

Alcohol: Withdrawal and Detox Timeline

Alcohol detox can be extremely dangerous due to intensive withdrawal symptoms. How long does it take to detox from alcohol and what are the withdrawal symptoms? Find out with Castle Craig rehab….

Alcohol and Eating Disorders

Alcohol abuse and eating disorders often coexist. Research has found that 35% of alcohol and drug users have eating disorders, compared to only 3% of the general population. Get help at Castle Craig Rehab….

Signs of Alcoholism

Read more facts & advice on alcohol addiction (alcoholism), alcohol use, health risks, signs of addiction, how to stop drinking & addiction treatment options….