The UK has always had a serious alcohol problem, what hapens when cocaine and alcohol are combined? Binge drinking culture is rampant to this day, with UK citizens being drunk more often than any other country. As most know, the party context within which cocaine is often used means many consume the drug alongside alcohol; over half of cocaine users do, in recent studies.
The problem here is significant. When cocaine is consumed alongside alcohol, both of the substances are metabolised at the same time in the body’s liver. When this happens, cocaethylene is formed. When this accrues inside us, it can pose a serious & direct threat to the function of our cardiovascular systems. In cases of overdose where cocaine & alcohol have been consumed, the build-up of cocaethylene is often viewed as the catalyst for strokes, heart attacks & damage to the heart.
Cocaine is an entrenched & widespread part of UK drug culture. People every day struggle with addiction & dependency. The ability of modern rehab options to provide flexible & affordable treatment is critical in ensuring access to the care needed when they need it. The ability to fit around work & family life, is incredibly important to support, enable recovery & return to work.
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We often get asked “what is the level of drug use in the UK really like?”. It has been shown that workplace drinkers are more likely to be men than women, managers rather than their staff and single as apposed to being married. Alcoholism and drug dependence can lead to lowered productivity within the workplace, with increased levels of absenteeism and sick leave, accidents and injuries, including fatal accidents and even premature deaths. Substance abuse is linked to 60% of all poor performances and 40% of industrial accidents at work. 83% of employees who have had a hangover at work admit that it affected their productivity, 33% admit to having gone to work with a hangover, and 22% admit to having made mistakes at work because of a hangover.
Running red lights, driving at high speeds, crossing center lines into the other lanes, getting into accidents and even hitting pedestrians. A new study found these were some of the dangerous driving behaviors of regular, heavy users (4 or 5 times per week) of recreational weed who began using before the age of 16. Here's the catch: users drove this badly even when they were no longer “high”. At the time of driving experience, the marijuana group had not used for at least 12 hrs. Despite having little THC in their system, heavy users consistently performed worse on driving tasks than non-users. This can result in them making critical, dangerous mistakes. And when they looked at the cannabis users & separated those into early (before age 16) versus later onset of use, almost exclusively these differences between the 2 groups were attributed to the early onset group.
“This is what 150kg of Nitrous Oxide waste gas canisters looks like - all picked up from 500m of Brighton beach one Sunday morning last summer (& there was another few tonnes of other litter too) & 4.5kgs of waste single-use plastic balloons.” Nitrox oxide cannisters sold for use in coffee machines to produce the frothy cream are also used as an easy to purchase “legal” (illegal) high. The Nitros Oxide, Laughing Gas, Habit Is Damaging Our Environment Birds are getting sick from swallowing balloons and beaches are littered with canisters. Nitrous oxide, is among the top 10 most used drugs worldwide, according to the 2019 Global Drug Survey. It’s also the second most commonly used recreational drug in England and Wales after cannabis.