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Now that Dry January is over, could you go a whole year without beer?

Posted on The Telegraph – February 1, 2016 by Jonathan Wells

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For those who managed to drag themselves, kicking and screaming, through the dreary days of January without a drink, February the first must have seemed like the glittering light at the end of the tunnel.

But now, a new and considerably more ambitious campaign is looking to stretch the sobriety over an entire year. Capitalising on the success of ‘Dry January’, a group of like-minded triathletes and mud racers have teamed up with the Professional Footballers’ Association and have created ‘OneYearNoBeer‘.

Co-creator and ex-professional footballer Andy Ramage tells me why sobriety is a tough, but worthy, pursuit.

“OneYearNoBeer started out of frustration,” says Ramage. “Frustration that there was nothing available for someone who is not an alcoholic – but who is fed up with hangovers and regret – to stop drinking.

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Study: Future Lawyers Are Hiding Depression and Drug and Alcohol Use

Some law students fear that getting help for addiction and mental health problems will hurt their chances of becoming lawyers.

Posted On BloombergBusiness – January 8, 2106 – Author: Natalie Kitroeff

Some of America’s future lawyers are hiding drug, alcohol, and depression problems instead of seeking help, a new report shows. Law students with addiction and mental health issues may be afraid to report the problems because they think that doing so would jeopardize their chances of being admitted to the bar or getting a good job after graduating, according to the study, which was conducted by a law professor, a dean of law students, and the programming director of a nonprofit focused on lawyers’ mental health. It was published last month in the Bar Examiner, an industry magazine.

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How I became addicted to the ‘crack cocaine of gambling’

Posted on CNN Vital Signs – 12/07/2015 – By:

151120160626-kate-seselja-medium-plus-169When I came out recently about my gambling past, one of the most common responses I got from people is, “you don’t look like a gambling addict!”

What does that even mean? What does a gambling addict look like? Well, in my case a gambling addict looks like a 36-year-old mother of six.

I guess from an early age I had a fascination with winning money and I thought that it was somehow the answer to life’s struggles. I would hear family members talking about lotto, I would get “Scratchies” (lottery scratch cards) in birthday cards and of course, if we ever went to a club I would walk past the “Pokies” (slot machines) and think “Wow! I would love to be able to play them!”

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Are you an alcoholic? It’s not as obvious as you might think

Posted on Yahoo Style – 01/05/2016 – Author: Robin Roberts

Chances are you raised a glass of something bubbly during a toast to a Happy New Year. Chances are you followed that toast with a resolution to make the year ahead better than the one before. And chances are one of those vows included cutting back — or out — on the very cheer you used to ring in a happier, healthier future. Why? Maybe because you’ve spent one too many nights praying to the porcelain god, one too many mornings wondering what you did the night before, one more wasted day nursing a wicked hangover. Maybe it’s because you’re afraid. Afraid you’re becoming — gulp — an alcoholic. But how can you know for sure?

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When I was 23, I was diagnosed with bi-polar disorder

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When I was 23, I was diagnosed with bi-polar disorder. This was after years of struggling with my moods, swinging from days of manic behaviour to even longer periods of depression. Like many people struggling with a mental illness, I tried to self medicate – in my case, with alcohol.

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My daughter was an alcoholic.

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I think I was in denial for the longest time. There was no way that my daughter was an alcoholic.

At first, I thought Michelle was just being a typical teenager, drinking with friends whenever they could get their hands on some liquor. I didn’t like that she drank but I couldn’t get really mad at her. After all, I think we’ve all done it at that age.
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What price would you put on sobriety?

Before you answer, let’s think about what it costs to continue abusing alcohol or drugs. Even a moderate alcoholic or drug user can spend thousands of dollars a year feeding their addiction. The spending often increases as the addict becomes more susceptible to moderate doses, requiring more to feel the rush, or satisfaction of the substance. If you’re honest with yourself and do the math, you’ll see how all those trips to the liquor store or your dealer quickly add up.

And that’s just the beginning.

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I was terrified of living sober but I was even more terrified of not living at all

I remember the first time I tried heroin. It was like being wrapped in a warm blanket and letting all the cares of the world – all my anxiety and worries – just float away. It was like nothing I had ever felt before and I loved it. Eventually, the high faded and I was shoved back into the world but it wasn’t long before I wanted to do it again. Read More …

I don’t like it when my mom drinks

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I don’t like it when my mom drinks. It’s like she becomes a different person. Like she’s not my mom anymore.

Mom and Dad came to my Christmas concert last week and I know she was drunk. It was really embarrassing watching her knock chairs around as she struggled to get to her seat. After the concert, she was talking to my friends’ parents and I could hear her slurring her words. I could also smell the booze on her. I’m sure people could tell but they didn’t say anything. She probably would have lied if they asked her.
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Every year, I tell myself: this time will be different…

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Every year, I tell myself: this time will be different… This time, I’m not going to drink too much at the office Christmas party.

It’s not like I set out to get drunk. Honestly, I plan on just having a good time and letting off a little steam.

It probably doesn’t help that I need a few drinks at home just to loosen up. I know I’m not the only one. After all, you have to prime the pump, right? Maybe others don’t drink a pint of vodka or a bottle of wine to do it but I don’t see the point of stopping when there’s only a couple drinks left in the bottle.
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