Former soldier praises Addaction for helping him to transform his life

PUBLISHED: 13:00 13 August 2018

Chris Moore who was able to give up drinking with the help of Addaction.

Chris Moore who was able to give up drinking with the help of Addaction.

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A former soldier from North Somerset says giving up alcohol is the ‘best thing he has done’.

Chris Moore, aged 58, says his drinking habit began ‘destroying everything’.

He has now turned his life around, thanks to Addaction North Somerset, and is helping to raise awareness of the dangers of harmful drinking through the charity’s campaign.

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 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 – it never gave up on me even when I had given up on myself.”

Addaction North Somerset is running a campaign over the summer to raise awareness of harmful drinking.

More: Third of men in North Somerset over 65 drink more than recommended daily limits.

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 likely to feel the effects more strongly which can lead to falls and confusion.

Alcohol use is linked to seven types of cancer and can cause abnormal heart rhythms, high blood pressure, damage to the heart muscle, memory loss, sleep deprivation and stomach issues.

People can seek advice from Addaction at www.addaction.org.uk or by calling 01934 427940.

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