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Alcohol - Friend or Foe?

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People abuse substances, whether alcohol, drugs or whatever, for many different reasons.  Some may 'fall' into it after years of social drinking, or recreational drug use.  Some people seem to have a greater likelihood of becoming dependant, than others (through no fault of their own).

Some people use alcohol or drugs as a means of medicating themselves - perhaps to help them cope with anxiety or depression, low self-esteem, undiagnosed mental illness, painful physical condition etc.

Whatever the reason, the dependance will usually compound the problem, and cause more.

In addressing the problem of dependence, it is important to understand the reasons behind it, so that that problem can be addressed too.

Alastair Cooke's article 'Alcohol - Friend or Foe' goes into far greater depth.

Addictions may not involve other substances, but addictive behaviours such as gambling, or use of the internet.


Alcohol          Drugs         Prescription Drugs         Nicotine/Smoking          Inhalants          Gambling           Sex          Internet           Other

Web of Addictions
Addiction Resource Guide
Substance Abuse Information for Parents
Substance Misuse  RCPsych
Action on Addictions


Alcohol - Friend or Foe?
Alcoholics Anonymous - Guernsey
GADAC - Guernsey Alcohol and Drug Advisory Council 
Alcoholics Anonymous
Alcohol Factsheets
Changing Minds - Alcohol & Drug Misuse
Down Your Drink
Molly's AA Page
Alcohol Concern
Think about Drink
The Centre for Recovery
Facts about Alcoholism  NetDoctor
BMJ Papers
Alcohol FAQs
NE Choices
Drug and Alcohol Abuse
Alcohol & the Elderly
Women for Sobriety
Institute of Alcohol Studies
Habit Smart - Information Drives Change
Adult Children of Alcoholics
Children of Alcoholics Foundation
Al-Anon & Alateen
Alcohol Recovery Forum
AA Forum


Drug Concern
GADAC - Guernsey Alcohol and Drug Advisory Council
Drug Strategy Online
Changing Minds - Alcohol & Drug Misuse
Drug and Alcohol Abuse
Parents Guide to Drugs
Narcotics Anonymous
Drug Abuse and Addiction  NetDoctor
A Way Out
Cocaine Anonymous
Marijuana Anonymous
National Addiction Centre
Substance Abuse - Information for Parents
As a Matter of Fact...Sedatives/Hypnotics
Turning Point

Prescription Drugs

Prescription Medication Abuse
Benzodiazepines as Drugs of Abuse

Smoking / Nicotine

Quit Smoking UK
ASH   Action on Smoking and Health
Nicotine Anonymous
Quit Net
As a Matter of Fact....Nicotine


A Parent's Guide to Preventing Inhalant Abuse
As a Matter of Fact....Inhalants


National Center for Responsible Gambling
National Council on Problem Gambling

Internet Addiction

Internet Addiction
Is Internet Addiction real?

Sex Addiction

National Council on Sexual Addiction & Compulsivity
Sex Addicts Anonymous
Sexual Compulsives Anonymous

Other Addictions

OverEaters Anonymous
Prescription Medication Abuse

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25 September 2002