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Drinking high levels of alcohol on a long-term basis can have harmful effects on the brain.

What is a Functioning Alcoholic?

Functioning alcoholics may ask: ‘how can I have a drink problem when there are no consequences in my life?’ In reality, there are always negative consequences of alcoholic drinking, although these may sometimes go undetected for as long as the drinking itself. Functioning alcoholics are not fully functioning people. They are men and women with a significant drink problem who manage to keep doing most of the essential things in life that normal people do – and even follow a daily schedule – but only just. I am here for Alcohol | Drugs | Other addiction Being a functioning alcoholic…

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How does alcohol affect autistic people?

Alcohol and Autistic Spectrum Disorder Autism is a neurodevelopmental condition that affects how the brain works. Autism affects the way people experience and interact with the world around them. Just like anyone else, autistic people can become addicted to alcohol and drugs. Addiction is a challenging disease and can lead to a range of problems for autistic people.  By better understanding autism, we can better support autistic people with addiction. What is autism? You might have heard autism referred to as Autistic Spectrum Disorder or ASD. This is because autism affects people in a spectrum of different ways.  People on…

Foetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) is a medical condition that occurs when babies are exposed to alcohol in the womb.

What is Foetal Alcohol Syndrome?

Foetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) is a medical condition that occurs when babies are exposed to alcohol in the womb. It is part of a larger group of medical disorders called Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASDs). Foetal Alcohol Syndrome is one of the more serious FASDs. Foetal Alcohol Syndrome can cause significant physical symptoms, learning difficulties, and behavioural problems. Studies from the USA and Europe suggest that between 1-10% of children have Foetal Alcohol Syndrome. Researchers are calling for further research to establish how common FAS is in the UK. They believe that Foetal Alcohol Syndrome is more common than studies…

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The relationship between alcoholism and suicide

Suicide and Alcoholism Suicide is a massive problem globally. Did you know that someone dies by suicide every 40 seconds? There are many factors that play a role in suicide risk, alcoholism being one of them. Doctors have known since the 1960’s that alcoholism and suicide are linked.1 People with alcohol use disorders are more likely to think about suicide, attempt suicide and complete suicide.2 Alcoholism is a disease, and people suffering from it need support. With the right help, we can prevent the tragic consequence of alcohol-related suicide.  Are You Ready to quit for good? Call 01721 722 763….

Around 1000 new cases of cancer are diagnosed every day in the UK.1 Cancer is a devastating disease, and it’s important we understand what lifestyle choices put us at risk.

Does alcoholism increase your risk of cancer?

Can drinking too much cause cancer? Around 1000 new cases of cancer are diagnosed every day in the UK.1 Cancer is a devastating disease, and it’s important we understand what lifestyle choices put us at risk.  One of the biggest cancer risk factors that we can change is our alcohol consumption. Did you know that alcohol causes 4% of all cancers?2  That means that 1 out of 25 cancer cases could have been prevented by a reduction in alcohol consumption.  Is alcohol a risk factor for cancer? Yes. Alcohol is classified as a type 1 carcinogen. This means that there…

Drinking high levels of alcohol on a long-term basis can have harmful effects on the brain.

Alcohol, Dementia & Brain Damage

How alcohol impacts the brain Drinking high levels of alcohol on a long-term basis can have harmful effects on the brain. People who drink heavily are more likely to develop alcohol-related brain damage such as alcoholic dementia. Research studies vary but some have found estimate that 35% of heavy drinkers have alcohol-related brain damage.1 How does alcohol affect the brain? There are several ways in which alcohol abuse can affect the brain: 1. Regular heavy alcohol intake causes thiamine deficiency Thiamine plays a crucial role in keeping our brain cells working normally.  Thiamine deficiency can lead to serious brain disorders.2…

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Does Alcoholism Cause Rhinophyma?

What Is An “Alcoholic Nose” Or Rhinophyma? In the past, Rhinophyma, characterised by a large, red, unsightly nose, was put down to alcohol abuse. Pejorative descriptions such as ‘Drinker’s nose’ have been commonly used. However, there is no direct causal link that has been established between Rhinophyma and alcoholism, and people who never drink can get Rosacea, often a precursor to Rhinophyma. But, research shows that alcohol can increase the risk of getting Rosacea and trigger the progression from Rosacea to Rhinophyma. Jump to: Dangers | Causes | Symptoms | Effects Quick alcohol rehab links What is rehab like? How…

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Is Alcohol Giving Me Insomnia?

The Link Between Alcohol and Insomnia Many people see alcohol consumption as a promoter of drowsiness. However, the opposite may be true. The build-up of tolerance and its effect on brain chemistry can disturb sleep patterns within a relatively short time. Regular heavy alcohol use is likely to disrupt sleep patterns seriously. Alcohol is a sedative that many people consume in the evening to help them unwind and ultimately sleep. This may initially work for them, but tolerance is established in a relatively short time, which requires increasing amounts of alcohol to obtain the same drowsiness. Jump to: Factors affecting…

Cirrhosis of the Liver

Cirrhosis of the Liver

Cirrhosis is an irreversible form of liver disease that occurs in 15 to 30% of heavy drinkers. This condition can occur due to a variety of causes, including obesity, fatty liver disease, and hepatitis. However, alcohol is the most common cause of chronic liver disease (including cirrhosis) in the UK. What is Cirrhosis? | Causes | FAQs | Treatment Cirrhosis can be difficult to detect, as many people don’t show symptoms in the early stages of the disease. Often, someone won’t know they have cirrhosis until the condition has become quite serious. While scarring from cirrhosis is permanent, for many…

Most people are familiar with cirrhosis of the liver, but many are unaware of the risks of developing ascites as a direct result of liver scarring.

Ascites: Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

Developing ascites is a direct result of liver scarring Most people have heard of cirrhosis of the liver, but many are unaware that ascites (a-sigh-tees) can develop as a result of liver scarring in cirrhosis. Although Castle Craig is not a specialised centre for treating cirrhosis and its complications, we can help get the person on the road to an alcohol-free life which gives the best chance of recovery for someone with alcohol-related liver disease. Over 7 in 10 cases of ascites is caused by cirrhosis. Ascites can present serious complications in people suffering from liver cirrhosis and often indicates end-stage…

Alcoholic pancreatitis is a dangerous condition that develops when alcohol damages the pancreas.

Alcohol and Pancreatitis

Causes, Symptoms and Treatment Alcoholic pancreatitis is a dangerous condition that develops when alcohol damages the pancreas. If not recognised and treated appropriately, alcoholic pancreatitis can have serious consequences. What is the pancreas and why is it important? The pancreas is a small but important organ found in the upper part of the abdomen. It is connected to the small intestine via a tube known as the pancreatic duct. The pancreas contains two types of glands, which both have very important roles. Exocrine glands These glands produce important enzymes. During digestion, the pancreas releases the enzymes into the small intestine….

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Stomach Pain After Drinking Alcohol

Why does my stomach hurt when I drink alcohol? A stomach ache after drinking alcohol might seem harmless or a nuisance, but it could be a sign of something more serious. You might have a problem called alcoholic gastritis.  Rehab Costs & Options for Alcohol | Drugs | Other addictions What is alcoholic gastritis? Gastritis means inflammation of the stomach. The word gastritis comes from gastric which means “of the stomach” and itis which means “inflammation”. The walls of our stomachs are sensitive. If we expose them to excessive volumes of alcohol, they can become irritated and damaged. This damage leads to abdominal pain and…

There is great debate about the reasons for alcoholism and what causes it? It boils down to the question “why am I the way I am” or “why am I different from my friends and family?”

6 Causes of Alcoholism

Alcoholism: Causes, Risk Factors, and Symptoms The causes of alcoholism remain the subject of debate amongst doctors and psychologists, with many asking themselves “why am I the way I am? Why am I different from my friends and family?”  Rehab Costs & Options for Alcohol | Drugs | Other addictions Alcohol dependency is a disease, and it doesn’t discriminate. It can affect you, regardless of your age, gender, body, personal beliefs or ethnicity. Those who are vulnerable, struggling with anxiety, depression, PTSD, grief or trauma are particularly at risk.  If you’re suffering from alcoholism and feel as though your life has become difficult to…

7 reasons you might be addicted to alcohol

7 reasons you might be addicted to alcohol

What Causes Alcoholism? There is great debate about the reasons for alcoholism and what causes it. It boils down to the question “why am I the way I am?” or “why am I different from my friends and family?”  Rehab Costs & Options for Alcohol | Drugs | Other addictions Often one sibling in a family will be addicted to a substance, but the others live completely free of addiction. There are however factors that occur regularly in the background of many alcoholics and these undoubtedly have a strong influence on a person’s future behaviour. 1. Nature or nurture? Most experts believe that alcohol addiction…

12 step recovery programme: the science behind why it works

12 step recovery programme: the science behind why it works

It works if you work it, they say, but where is the evidence?  Rehab Costs & Options for Alcohol | Drugs | Other addictions Fast facts: There are an estimated 4,661 UK AA meetings and 723 English Speaking groups in Continental Europe. AA membership is estimated at between 23,000 and 25,490 in the UK 75% of members stated they have been sober at least 2 years 33% of those with up to 6 months of membership had up to 6 months of sobriety Source AA. They say, it works if you work it, but where is the evidence? In 1989 the American Institute of Medicine…

Muslim Drug and Alcohol Abuse Rehab

Finding hope again: Essential advice for overcoming alcohol addiction as a Muslim If you’re a Muslim, you will undoubtedly know that drugs and alcohol are Haram (forbidden).  Rehab Costs & Options for Alcohol | Drugs | Other addictions If you’re struggling with dependency or addiction issues, or know someone who is, we know how difficult it can be to admit to the problem, let alone seek any help for it. It’s difficult for the average person to accept their condition, let alone someone bound by faith, pride and their community. “The intense stigma that many Muslims associate with substance abuse can stop people seeking life-saving…

How long does a bottle of wine stay in your system

How long does a bottle of wine stay in your system

How long does alcohol stay in your system: Blood, urine & breath? Drinking a bottle of wine a day is consuming five times your recommended amount, regardless of whether you’re male or female.   Rehab Costs & Options for Alcohol | Drugs | Other addictions If your consumption is increasing and you’re struggling to cut back, you’re not alone. In the UK, there are an estimated 586,780 dependent drinkers with only 18% in treatment. For confidential help or advice call us on 0808 115 6925. How long till the alcohol wears off? The number of units you drink will depend on the size and strength of…

Staying sober for one week. What is it like?

Want to reach seven days sober? Take it one hour at a time Whether you’re in treatment, detoxing on your own or in an AA meeting, it’s a really good idea to find someone who has been sober just a little longer than you have.  Rehab Costs & Options for Alcohol | Drugs | Other addictions The old-timers or therapists who have been sober for years are not as much use in the first week of sobriety. They have forgotten the shakes, the rage, the unbearable cravings to use or drink one more time. They might have even forgotten the agony of withdrawal. Once you…

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How to Deal with Stress without Alcohol

Stress is a natural reaction that occurs in response to our everyday experiences, and we all have to deal with it from time to time Whether it comes from our day-to-day responsibilities like work and family, or serious events such as illness or death, stress is an inevitable part of our lives.  Rehab Costs & Options for Alcohol | Drugs | Other addictions Problems may occur, however, if you begin dealing with stressful situations using unhealthy methods, like turning to alcohol. This page will explore how using alcohol to cope with stress can cause further harm to your wellbeing while also outlining helpful ways to…

Why Does Alcohol Cause the Shakes?

  This article is medically reviewed by Dr Peter McCann, MSC, MBBS. Dr McCann is a is a Psychiatry and Internal Medicine Resident at Duke University Hospital, USA.     What are ‘the shakes’ and what causes them? The ‘alcohol shakes’ is a term to describe tremors caused by Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome, which occurs in some frequent alcohol users when they suddenly stop drinking.   Rehab Costs & Options for Alcohol | Drugs | Other addictions It is part of a condition called alcohol withdrawal syndrome that occurs in around 50% of people with heavy alcohol use. In the mild form, typical symptoms other than tremor…

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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.  Rehab Costs & Options for Alcohol | Drugs | Other addictions 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…

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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.  Rehab Costs & Options for Alcohol | Drugs | Other addictions 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…