The deadly consequences of drinking alcohol in Britain – podcast | Company

kathy edge always been a social drinker, but didn’t think she had a problem with alcohol. At the start of the Covid lockdown, she thought she was doing well and her drinking was no worse than usual.

What the hell, I’m not going out, nothing is open, I don’t see anyone, she thought.

But she quickly found that her drinking habits were changing. “I have a pretty high alcohol tolerance, and I don’t have consequences, I don’t have to get up the next day, I don’t have to show up anywhere on time, I started to really let go,” she says. “I drank without pleasure, I drank because I saw no other way of functioning.”

After three months of confinement, she realized that alcohol had a “very strong hold” on her, and she eventually ended up in hospital.

A recent study from the University of Sheffield estimated that if people continued to drink at the current rate, England could have up to 1 million more hospital admissions over the next 20 years.

Doctor Stephen Ryderconsultant hepatologist at Nottingham University Hospital, says Nosheen Iqbal about the health consequences of excessive alcohol consumption and what the government must do to prevent excessive deaths. Ben Robinsonan activist who had just been sober at the start of the confinement, explains why the conditions of confinement were so difficult for people addicted to alcohol.

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