Giving up alcohol changed a former soldier's 'whole life'
PUBLISHED: 17:00 09 August 2018
A former soldier from Weston has paid tribute to a charity which helped him give up alcohol and transform his life.
Chris Moore, aged 58, has spoken out about his battle with alcohol as part of Addaction’s campaign to highlight the dangers of harmful drinking.
He said: “I kept having feelings of desperation. I thought that was going to be my lot, sitting around drinking more than I should.
“It took over my whole life, my thinking, my diet, my spirituality, it was destroying everything.
“I detoxed and started to feel healthier in my mind straight away. I was thinking clearer, I noticed the shaking and sweating had stopped and I was much less anxious.
“Now I’m far more interested in life and am rekindling old hobbies – I want to get back into fishing. I’ve become a regular churchgoer, and am packing to head off for three days with the Addaction veteran’s group Right Turn to do team building activities like raft building.
“Giving up alcohol has changed my whole life, it’s the best thing I’ve ever done. My advice to anyone would be if you want to cut back or give up, get support from the professionals.
“Without the people at Addaction I wouldn’t be here now – they never gave up on me even when I had given up on myself.”
Addaction North Somerset, which is based in Weston, is running a campaign over the summer to raise awareness of harmful drinking.
Government guidelines suggest people should not regularly drink more than 14 units of alcohol per week and this should be spread over at least three days.
People are also advised to have regular alcohol-free days.
The drug and alcohol charity is also warning people about a number of health implications linked with alcohol use.
As people get older, their bodies are less able to break down alcohol so they are more likely to feel the effects more strongly which can lead to falls and feelings of confusion.
Alcohol use is linked to seven types of cancer and it can also cause abnormal heart rhythms, high blood pressure, damage to the heart muscle, memory loss, difficulty sleeping and stomach problems.
People can seek advice from Addaction via the free web chat option at www.addaction.org.uk or by calling 01934 427940.