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    Jenny Molloy speaks
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Jenny Molloy is the next Recovery Champion to have spoken to Choices Rehabs about her experience of rehab for Alcohol Awareness Week.

Jenny Molloy is the next Recovery Champion to have spoken to Choices Rehabs about her experience of rehab for Alcohol Awareness Week.

Dr.h.c Jenny Molloy is an author, trainer and care leaver, best known for her book, Hackney Child- a true story based on her childhood living with parents who were both alcoholics and as someone who has dealt with her own addiction.

She explains in her short film that the treatment she went through was incredible: “Going through rehab treatment was beautiful for me. I began to get to know myself and understand that I had worth- that I was someone who deserved a good life. My life started when I got into recovery. I am 12 years now and life is beautiful”.

This year’s Alcohol Awareness Week, co-ordinated by Alcohol Change UK, has the theme of Alcohol and Mental Health, which feels particularly pressing this year following the additional stresses that have come along with the coronavirus.

A survey of the Royal College of Psychiatrists found that 45% of experts had seen a rise in patients where alcohol or drug use had helped to worsen their mental health state during the COVID-19 pandemic. Drinkaware also found that 26% of people in the UK increased alcohol consumption between March and June 2020, with 1 in 10 reporting drinking over the entire course of lockdown.

But, what are the recommended maximum number of units to not exceed each week? The NHS advises both men and women not to drink more than 14 units per week on a regular basis, and if you do drink nearer the 14 unit limit to spread this across two or three days in order to keep the health risks low. Just for reference, a pint of average strength beer (3.8% ABV) equates to around 2.2 units and a 175ml of 11% ABV wine comes to 1.9 units.

So, what effects can alcohol have on the body if you do continue to drink heavily? Drinking too much alcohol can affect your body in many ways such as affecting the quality of your sleep, stomach pain, increasing your risk of stroke or heart attack and rosacea, alongside a number of cancers and diseases such as liver or heart disease. Alcohol is also a depressant which means it can affect the drinker’s thoughts and feelings, and the more that is consumed, the more it can affect the brain which can lead to anxiety, stress and memory loss.

Choices Rehabs represent a number of independent UK Addiction Treatment Centres, such as us at Kenward Trust, who want to tell you about the best treatment and the wide array of treatment available for those who are affected by alcohol or drug addiction. Choices Rehabs help those who would like some support to find a dedicated rehabilitation centre nearby who will suit their needs and help them start their journey of recovery.

To watch the rest of the videos or find out more about Choices Rehabs visit their website choicesrehabs.com







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