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Is It Time To Cool It For Covid?

Is Covid-19 leading you to rethink your drinking? Or are you drinking to avoid thinking? The global pandemic appears to be dividing people into two camps — those steering clear of alcohol or drastically limiting their drinking until it’s all over, and those in search of solace at the bottom of a glass or bottle. At DACAContinue reading “Is It Time To Cool It For Covid?”

Recovery In A Time of Crisis

How To Help Yourself and Others For many people struggling with a drink problem, social isolation is familiar territory. It’s not unusual for close relationships to become distant and estranged, as the ripple effect of addiction scours through the lives of those it touches. Many drinkers self-isolate for years as a way to hide the scaleContinue reading “Recovery In A Time of Crisis”

New Year, New You?

Did you kickstart 2020 with a Dry January? If so we hope you are enjoying the benefits and we’d love to hear how you got on. Two members of our team signed up for the national month-long alcohol-free challenge and within a couple of weeks were already noticing the benefits. Reset Regular Maryanne is aContinue reading “New Year, New You?”

Want to Save Money, Lose Weight and Sleep Better?

As we bid farewell to 2019 and look forward to not just a new year but the dawn of a new decade many of us reflect on what we would like to do differently. Personal health and fitness are usually top of our lists. Gym memberships are renewed, walking and cycling gear dusted down andContinue reading “Want to Save Money, Lose Weight and Sleep Better?”

A Manifesto To Tackle Alcohol Harm

At Dumbarton Area Council on Alcohol (DACA), we see first-hand the human cost of alcohol harm. We see people suffering with chronic poor health, dying well before their time. We see spouses struggling to stay together as the ripple effect of a partner’s drinking takes its toll. We see children separated from their parents becauseContinue reading “A Manifesto To Tackle Alcohol Harm”

Alcohol & Me…Christopher’s Story

For most young people drinking is about going out and getting off your head and then when you sober up the next day you just get on with your business. From the outside my drinking probably looked the same as this but when others went to get on with their lives I just wanted toContinue reading “Alcohol & Me…Christopher’s Story”

Alcohol & Me…Amanda’s Story

“Alcohol wasn’t really a thing when I was growing up. My parents only drank an occasional sherry or half lager on special occasions and from my teens I was taking medication for epilepsy which meant I couldn’t drink — if I did I increased my risk of a seizure. So my first encounter with alcohol as aContinue reading “Alcohol & Me…Amanda’s Story”

Alcohol & Me…Mags’ Story

“Growing up, I would have sooner sewn my own mouth closed than tell anyone that my daddy was a drinker. I thought it was shameful, something to keep within the family — because I always heard the adults — usually my aunties and my mum — talking about it in hushed tones. It was never openly discussed with me, and IContinue reading “Alcohol & Me…Mags’ Story”

Alcohol & Me…Charlie’s Story

“Ten years ago I realised my relationship with alcohol had changed from having one too many on a night out, to sneaking up to the local Spar to buy a carryout at times when I was least likely to meet someone I knew. I had become totally withdrawn, a nervous wreck. I would then sitContinue reading “Alcohol & Me…Charlie’s Story”

Alcohol & Me…Marie’s Story

“I’m not naturally outgoing and I’ve always found social events and groups to be quite daunting. When I was at university, I started having a few drinks before going out in the evening, which I believed took the edge off my social anxiety, and helped me to be more chatty and fun in company. IContinue reading “Alcohol & Me…Marie’s Story”