One Year Booze Free – About
Here are my facts:
In my world of the party city of Brighton & Hove, drinking is key. At least twice a week my friends invite me out for a drink and that is not including the weekends. If it’s a stressful day – I drink. If it’s a special occasion (and there are many of them) – I drink. If it’s a sombre occasion…..shall I go on?
There is a fine line between a heavy drinker and an alcoholic but is one any better than the other? As a heavy drinker I want to know what my life will be like without it. So one day at a time, I intend to go a whole year without drinking.
I want to see what happens to my friendships and relationship with my lovely man; my body; my attitudes; my behaviour and tempremant….I figure all these things will be affected. Obviously, this is a blog so it will be a qualitative analysis. Comments, questions and feedback of any kind will be welcomed.
To some of you quitting drinking for a year may seem ridiculous, to others a sinch. However, here are some facts copied from the NHS website:
- In England, in 2009, 69 per cent of men and 55 per cent of women (aged 16 and over) reported drinking an alcoholic drink on at least one day in the week prior to interview. 10 per cent of men and 6 per cent of women reported drinking on every day in the previous week.
- There has been an increase from 54 per cent in 1997 to 75 per cent in 2009 in the percentage of people in Great Britain who had heard of daily drinking limits. Throughout the period, differences between men and women have been slight.
- Among adults aged 16 to 74, 9 per cent of men and 4 per cent of women showed some signs of alcohol dependence. The prevalence of alcohol dependence is slightly lower for men than it was in 2000 when 11.5 per cent of men showed some signs of dependence. There was no significant change for women between 2000 and 2007.
- In 2009/10, there were 1,057,000 alcohol related admissions to hospital. This is an increase of 12 per cent on the 2008/09 figure (945,500) and more than twice as many as in 2002/03 (510,800).
- In 2010, there were 160,181 prescription items for drugs for the treatment of alcohol dependency prescribed in primary care settings or NHS hospitals and dispensed in the community. This is an increase of 6 per cent on the 2009 figure (150,445) and an increase of 56 per cent on the 2003 figure (102,741).
- In 2010, 290 prescription items per 100,000 population were dispensed for alcohol dependency in England. Among Strategic Health Authorities (SHAs) this varied from 515 and 410 items per 100,000 population in North West SHA and North East SHA respectively, to 130 items per 100,000 population in London SHA.
This is just a taster – I will throw in links, facts and statistics as the year goes on.