Ant McPartlin speaks out about his depression and addiction

Presenter has reportedly entered rehab for treatment for anxiety and prescription drug and alcohol abuse

Ant McPartlin has said he feels he has let people down as he reportedly enters rehab following a battle with depression, alcohol and substance abuse.

The TV presenter, one half of the duo Ant and Dec, said he wanted to speak out about his issues in order to help others.

Very brave Ant to go public. This is the first stage of the road to recovery. All the best Ant it, will all be sorted for sure @antanddec https://t.co/lDcg5SjttD

Continue reading…

‘A light went on in my head’: how charity helps veterans beat alcoholism

According to Combat Stress, 13% of military veterans who served in Iraq or Afghanistan have significant alcohol disorders

Just over a year ago, Mike spent New Year’s Eve on his kitchen floor. He was stuck there for 15 hours, with a broken shoulder. A few months earlier, he had broken a hip. Before that, he had ended up in hospital with hypothermia.

Every time, the veteran was blind drunk. He was getting through at least a large bottle of vodka every single day.

She drew me this ridiculous picture of my liver

Continue reading…

A moment that changed me: realising, aged 16, that I couldn’t handle alcohol | Lou Sanders

I did drink quite a bit more after that. But that night in Alicante was the first inkling I had that my relationship with alcohol was a dangerous one

I was 16, on holiday in Alicante on my own – my Aunty Sue was due to join me the next day. So in preparation for her arrival, I drank almost a litre of vodka, hit the town and passed out. A Spanish stranger called an ambulance and the local hospital kindly pumped my stomach. “Olé! Olé!” as they say (translation: Oi! Oi!).

I was in a foreign place, didn’t speak the language, and had no idea where my hostel was. I thought I was streetwise but I was a street idiot. Like many people my age, I was a turbulent sea of emotions: a mix of hormones, some unprocessed family happenings, and a classic case of a broken heart. Because of this emotional maelstrom, the male nurse thought he could drop me back to my hostel via his place and have sex with me, since I was too low on self-esteem, and way too out of it, to put up any sort of counter-argument. Turns out he was right. Muchas gracias, maaate!

Related: Alcohol can ruin our mental health, but it’s rarely discussed. I know | Matthew Todd

There was no knowing when the beast would be unleashed. But, at some point, the beast was always unleashed

Continue reading…

Alcohol can ruin our mental health, but it’s rarely discussed. I know | Matthew Todd

Despite the links between drinking and mental health problems, therapists are reluctant to discuss it. My wake-up call came at a Daniel Radcliffe shoot

It’s amazing to see the British finally begin to talk about our feelings. But even as we mark this year’s Mental Health Awareness week, there’s still an elephant in the therapist’s waiting room: alcohol.

The physical health risks of drinking are well known. Less discussed are the mental health consequences. These are real and significant, and seem to be getting worse. For instance, the number of people admitted to hospital with alcohol-related behavioural disorders has risen in the last 10 years by 94% for people aged between 15 and 59, and by 150% for people over 60.

Related: Men need a drink to open up? What a dangerously self-fulfilling belief| Tom Usher

Related: Alcohol-related mental health problems are a huge issue for older people

Continue reading…