There Are Four Kinds Of Drunken Personality (Among Students, At Least) Which One Are You?

New, preliminary evidence suggests that University undergrad students who drink alcohol fall into four different, colourful types, each with a particular shift in personality when under the influence of alcohol.

The findings could increase our understanding of why some students behave in harmful ways when drunk while others usually don’t.

Rachel Winograd and her colleagues at the University of Missouri-Columbia asked 374 student participants to complete a personality test twice, once considering themselves as they normally are, the other time how they behave and feel once they’re drunk. The researchers conducted a cluster analysis on the dataset to find four types of student drinker.

The 4 Types Of Student Drinker

These are the four group types:

  1. Those for whom drinking had less effect on their intellect and conscientiousness than is typical, dubbed “Hemingways” in tribute to the writer’s reputed imperviousness to alcohol
  2. Those who are introverted (shy) when sober, but highly extraverted (outgoing and socially confident) and unconscientious when drunk, who experienced the greatest overall personality shift thanks to alcohol, and are named “Nutty Professors” after the Jerry Lewis character
  3. Those who are very pleasant and harmonious (high agreeableness) when sober, and when drunk, retain most of their agreeableness, conscientiousness and intellect. In all, they experience the slightest alcohol related change, named the “Mary Poppinses
  4. Finally, those dubbed “Mr Hydes” due to their larger decreases in agreeableness, conscientiousness and intellect when drunk

This last group is of particular interest. Although none of the types were linked to greater units consumed per each drinking session, nor with binge drinking, the “Mr Hydes” were significantly more likely to experience negative alcohol-related consequences, including poorer grades, regrettable sex or cravings for drink in the morning; this effect was in comparison to the “Mary Poppinses”, with the other groups falling intermediate.

It’s also worth noting the “Mr Hyde” group had the highest proportion of women (two thirds, with the sample being overall 57% women).

Some Limitations

Their are however, a few limitations to note. Firstly, each participant was also rated by a buddy in the sample, but analysis of their judgments didn’t suggest any clear typology in the way that the self-ratings did.

The authors suggest that the shifts they are looking for may be subtle and internal, and can be overlooked by outsiders looking for stereotypical drunk behaviours, which I find plausible. Even so, convergent evidence would have been preferable.

The study looked at sober perceptions of drunkenness, so further work using observation of alcohol use in the lab, or even the pub would be welcome. And of course, the undergrad drinkers are not all drinkers, and older, alcohol-dependent home drinkers may fall into very different dynamics.

Previous research had suggested that alcohol-related personality change is a predictor of alcohol problems, but this research develops this understanding by attributing it to a type of change, rather than simply the quantity of change (as the radical shift of the “nutty professors” was not associated with greater harm). As such, it suggests possible risk factors that can help individuals understand why they are the ones suffering, when all they are doing is drinking like their undergrad crew/ university friends do.

You can find out more and read the full survey findings and research methods here.

Which Category Do You Think You Fall Into?

Let us know by commenting below, or posting on our social media pages. We always like to hear from you. If you aren’t already following us on our social media pages, now is the perfect time to do so!

We’d like to say thank you to Rachel Winograd for her research into this issue and to her colleagues at the University of Missouri-Columbia. This post was written by Alex Fradera (@alexfradera), originally for the BPS Research Digest.

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  • Suicide: One Of Addiction’s Many Associated Risks


    If you’ve ever considered suicide, you may be able to understand what it feels like to find yourself feeling depressed, helpless and desperate for relief, unfortunately this is when suicide becomes an appealing option to get that relief.

    Similarly, if you’ve lost someone to suicide, you understand the anguish and confusion people experience when a loved one takes their own life.

    Unfortunately when a drug or alcohol addiction becomes involved as well, the whole situation becomes a lot more complicated and will require professional help from doctors and psychotherapists to overcome these horrible, unbearable and crippling symptoms that those who experience suicidal thoughts often feel.

    Suicide continues to remain an ongoing epidemic in the United Kingdom and around the world as a whole. Today, suicide is the tenth leading cause of death, with someone taking their own life every 90 minutes in the UK, wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland. However that figure doesn’t include or account for the attempts people make which are unsuccessful or halted by the person or those around them. For example if they attempt to overdose and then call 999 afterwards once they regret what they’ve done, or maybe they may prepare for it and then back out or change their mind before actually taking the overdose.

    There is no doubt that suicide is a complex issue. Many factors trigger suicidal ideation, including drug and alcohol use. For some people, substance addiction and suicide go hand-in-hand as many addicts have comorbid conditions, further complicating the treatment required to overcome the addiction and also complicating the many reasons why addicts may consider or attempt suicide.

    What’s The Connection Between Addiction & Suicide?

    Substance use represents a serious risk factor for suicide attempts. Compared to the general population, research shows that people struggling with addiction are 10 to 14 times more likely to die from suicide. Nearly a quarter of suicides involve alcohol intoxication, and opiates are present in 20% of suicide deaths.

    The reasons for committing suicide vary depending on a wide variety of factors. Many people struggling with an addiction feel immense guilt, shame, sadness, and anger towards themselves. They also often:

    1. Feel uncertain about whether they can live without substances or feel that stopping is impossible and never going to happen.
    2. Feel like they are doomed to make bad decisions and thy they will continue making even worse choices in the future.
    3. Self-harm by cutting, burning and other methods.
    4. Have poor or no impulse control at all.
    5. Struggle with low self-esteem and self-worth.
    6. Have medical, legal, or financial issues that can trigger feelings of hopelessness, anxiety and further shame and guilt.
    7. Deal with co-occurring mental health issues, like depression or anxiety
    8. Have unresolved trauma, abuse or adverse childhood experiences.
    9. Struggle with impaired judgment, especially when drunk or high.

    Certain risk factors, like previous suicidal behaviour or a family history of mental health issues or attempted/achieved suicide, can increase someone’s likelihood of making an attempt themselves. Research suggests 90% of people who die by suicide have one or more psychiatric disorders. The risk of suicide increases more with the presence of both a mental health diagnosis and a substance use disorder.

    Not everyone with an addiction struggles with suicidal thoughts. But many people who struggle with suicidal thoughts have problems with drugs or alcohol.

    How Do You Know If Someone’s At Risk Of Suicide?

    Sometimes people with suicidal thoughts or intentions discuss their struggles openly. But it’s also very common for them to withhold their feelings, sometimes until it’s too late. It’s important to understand the common warning signs of suicide. They include:

    • Talking about wanting to die or kill themselves or having thoughts or feelings that make suicide a possibility (even jokingly).
    • Talking about feeling trapped, hopeless, or purposeless.
    • Acting increasingly anxious, agitated, or reckless.
    • Displaying irritation and rage.
    • Exhibiting extreme mood swings or being constantly down, sad or depressed on a routine basis.
    • Sleeping too little or too much.
    • Abusing alcohol or drugs or having developed or at risk of developing an addiction.
    • Talking about feeling like a burden to others that would be relieved if they were no longer alive.

    That said, not everyone displays these common risk factors. Unfortunately, suicide can happen without any warning signs being displayed. Some people can be extremely guarded or secretive about their feelings. They may not want to burden others with their struggles and feel that suicide would release them or others from those struggles.

    What Steps Can I Take If I’m Struggling With Suicidal Thoughts Or Feelings?

    If you are struggling with suicidal thoughts or feelings, you’re not alone. Even though the emotional or physical pain may feel unbearable, these feelings WILL pass. Things can get better with enough time, seeking and using the right support, and using the right resources when needed.

    1) Make A Safety Plan

    If you struggle with recurrent suicidal thoughts or depression, a safety plan can help you take care and control of yourself. These are similar to those used for addictions. These plans are meant to be made before you’re in an acute crisis and each one is unique to suit the needs and requirements of that particular person person. If you make an attempt and recover from it, a safety plan, similar to a relapse prevention plan, can help you if thoughts or feelings arise again. You can find an example safety plan template here.

    Safety plans are written plans that identify the steps you will take if you find yourself in a position where you’re wanting to act on the thoughts and feelings of suicide, or cannot cope with the suicidal thoughts. These plans serve as an excellent reference for when you’re in an immediate crisis. A safety plan should include coping skills for how you can manage your emotions. It should also include contact information for trusted friends or family as well as a doctor, therapist, charity or crisis hotline number such as the Samaritans.

    2) Delay The Urge

    Even if you’re experiencing tremendous pain, thoughts or feelings, commit to distancing yourself from your intended action. For example, give yourself a week to revisit your thoughts and see how you feel then. If it’s still the same, do it over again as many times as needed. By refusing to take immediate action, you gain ownership over your emotions.

    Remember that thoughts are just that, thoughts. They remain only thoughts which cannot harm you for as long as you don’t physically act on them, and they will fade away with time.

    Don’t suffer in silence alone. Help is available if you’re currently struggling with thoughts or feelings of suicide.

    Dave Richens, Psychotherapist, Thinking Therapies

    3) Make Your Surroundings Safe

    Remove any weapons, medications, knives, razors or anything else that you could or would use when self harming or preparing to commit suicide. For your own safety, make sure they are inaccessible for the next few days after the thoughts occur as you may experience more than one episode in a row before the thoughts and feelings settle down again. You can find other tips to prepare your environment better for addiction and suicide here.

    It’s a good idea to give these items to someone you trust. You can also contact a loved one to remove them for you. If you need to take medication regularly but feel like you may attempt to overdose on them, give them to someone else and ask them to only give you the dose you need at the times of day you need to take them, and to keep them locked away for the rest of the time.

    4) Reach Out To Your Support Network

    Even if you feel like no one else cares, people do want to help you during this vulnerable and possibly scary time. Refer to your safety plan and reach out to your trusted contacts. Do it immediately, even if it feels scary, embarrassing or like you may be bothering or disturbing someone else. By speaking out and sharing your feelings with someone, you’re choosing to keep fighting and choosing to receive help instead of attempting suicide.

    5) Seek Addiction Treatment Straight Away

    Drugs and alcohol will exacerbate suicidal thoughts. Professional treatment is often the first step toward recovery. Your treatment team will also provide you with support for managing difficult emotions. Seeking out therapy by trained and experienced experts is also an important step towards overcoming your current mental health challenges. Your GP may also be able to provide you with medications, or diagnose you with a particular mental health condition which may have been exacerbating or causing the current feelings, thoughts or emotions you experience.

    Call the Samaritans Hotline or 999 Immediately If You’re Currently Thinking About Acting On Your Thoughts Or Feelings

    If you have an immediate plan to harm yourself or commit suicide, it’s imperative you reach out for support now, this second. Calling 116123 will connect you to trained volunteers at the Samaritans via their 24/7 hotline which is open 365 days a year. This support is free and confidential. Additionally, you can call 999 or visit your local A&E department anytime you need to.

    Suicide is a serious and devastating issue, and addiction can complicate and increase your risk of suicidal behaviours. At Drink ‘n’ Drugs, we can help you work through managing these challenging emotions. We believe everyone deserves the chance to heal. Contact us or sister organisation, Thinking Therapies today to learn more about our process and to begin the road to recovery today.

  • The Scale Of The Alcohol Problem In The UK

    Statistics like this show the real scale of the problem the UK faces when it comes to alcohol abuse and addiction…

  • Substance Use In Households

    Growing up in a household where parents or siblings use, abuse, misuse or are addicted to drugs or alcohol means an increased risk of our children also developing a drug and alcohol addiction in the future. The only way to break this cycle is to seek help today from our sister site Thinking Therapies or check out our other blog posts here.

  • Should IV Illicit Drug Users Be Offered PICC Lines Or Venous Access Devices

    We were recently asked about this during a debate and we thought we’d share this with you as a blog post so that you can have your say too! If you’ve never heard of PICC (peripherally inserted central catheter) lines or VAD’s (venous access devices) then you’re not alone.

    They’re most commonly used by those who need longer term IV treatment for things such as antibiotics, chemotherapy, and even to take regular blood samples without needing to hunt for a new vein each time a test is due. This also allows patients to spend less time in hospital when their treatment can be done from home. However this then poses the risk that addicts who administer their substances via IV will be tempted to use these devices to quickly get their hit each time they want to use.

    But should patients who have known IV addictions be offered a PICC line or similar in order to reduce their risks of infections, blood clots, scarring, circulatory damage and impairment, injecting into arteries or damaging nerves in the surrounding structures, or should these types of device be avoided in order to reduce the temptation the other associated risks of having a VAD in place for any length of time? This is the topic of todays blog post!…

    Remember you can join in and continue this conversation, along with others as well as see our other blog posts on our social media pages. Links can be found by clicking here!…

    What Are PICC Lines & VAD’s?

    A PICC line is a narrow tube that is put into a vein in the arm, usually in the elbow area. It’s similar to a cannula you may have had inserted if you’ve ever been in hospital and had blood or medication administered intravenously. PICCs allow medicines and antibiotics to be given directly into the venous bloodstream. The tip will lie in a big vein, just near the opening of your heart. The PICC can stay in place for weeks to months, depending on your treatment requirements and can be removed and a new PICC line inserted into a different vein once the current one has been in place for its designated amount of time.

    Possible Benefits

    1. Reduction in damage to vein walls, nerves and other surrounding structures.
    2. Elimination of risk of “hit” misses and blown veins, especially with chronic users who have bad/damaged veins already.
    3. No longer needing to use needle exchange programs as syringes and dressings are given by the PICC provider. Also reduces the cost of incinerating and disposing of used injecting equipment.
    4. Reduces the risk of sharing injecting equipment.
    5. Provides quick, easy access.
    6. Reduces time and money spent in hospitals, or with doctors and nurses in GP practices to treat injecting site infections and chronic wound ulcers.
    7. Quick and easy to install by trained, experienced healthcare professionals.
    8. Can be used to inject medications in an emergency such as an overdose where naloxone may be required, as well as quick and easy blood taking for tests/monitoring for drug tests, medical tests and health condition diagnosis.
    9. Costs approximately £233.09 ($286.00) per PICC line which could last up to 6 months, compared to an annual cost per patient who use a needle exchange program of between £570.00-£1,630.00 ($700-$2000) depending on their usage, equipment used and the supplementary costs associated with running the program.

    Possible Risks/Downsides

    1. Same risks of blood clots and infections as conventional injecting practices.
    2. May need expensive equipment to find and verify correct placement.
    3. Can slip out naturally, get caught on clothing, or be pulled out accidentally.
    4. May enhance the risk of the person’s substance use increasing because it’s so quick and easy to use in order to take their substance(s).
    5. Requires trained, expensive healthcare professionals to install, maintain and remove them.
    6. May increase the risk of overdose or increasing amount/dosage toleration.
    7. The person may have an allergic reaction to the sticky dressings or materials the PICC line is made from.
    8. Increased risk of blood-borne infections due to having the PICC line in place 24/7.
    9. Risk of blockages or clot formation in the PICC line.

    What The Research Says

    Research in this area, like many others in addiction studies is severely lacking to say the least! However we found 3 research articles that may be relevant to this discussion.

    Research 1 – Oxford Academic
    Research 2 – Science Direct
    Research 3 – Harm Reduction Journal
    Other External Debate/Case Study

    Questions We Need To Ask Ourselves

    We need to be honest with ourselves, addicts will use, even with the criminal sanctions that most governments around the world currently impose on addicts, and also still knowing the negative consequences that active substance use has on their physical/mental health and their world around them. The fact that addiction, overdose and death rates are continuing to grow yearly is evidence that most (though not all!) of what we currently do, just isn’t working. We all need to think creatively about how we manage addiction and the routes we have to access recovery.

    We Want To Know What You Think!

    Could this be another possible tool in our recovery toolbox by reducing the risk of infections, ulcers and unnecessary stays in hospitals? Or are the risks just too great by promoting further substance use? Comment below this blog post or join us on social media to share your views and see what others think too!…

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  • How To Help Addicts Stay Safe During This Unprecedented Heatwave And Our Top Hot Weather Life Hacks!

    Our climate is continuing to change thanks to global warming, and the heatwave we’re currently experiencing in July of 2022 is proof of this!

    Most of us welcome some warm, sunny weather, it can be nice to enjoy the sunshine and science even provides us with evidence that it can improve our mood, energy levels, motivation to make and maintain change, as well as improving our physical bodily functions as well as our general mental well-being.

    However, when it’s too hot for too long, there are serious possible health risks that we need to keep in mind. In England alone, there are on average 2000 heat related deaths every single year, and that’s not even taking into consideration the current unprecedented level 3 heatwave we’re all experiencing!

    Keep reading to find out how you can stay safe in this weather, how it can negatively impact those with active substance addictions (both drugs and alcohol) and those in recovery, what to watch out for, how you can help yourself and others, and finally but by no means least, our top tips and heatwave heat hacks to keep you cool and comfortable.

    Why Is This Heatwave And Others Like It In The Future A Problem?

    The 3 main risks posed by a heatwave are:

    1. Not drinking enough water (dehydration).
    2. Overheating, which can make symptoms worse for those people who already have physical or mental health problems.
    3. Heat exhaustion and heatstroke which can be fatal in serious cases.

    Who’s Most At Risk?

    A heatwave can affect anyone, but the most vulnerable people are:

    • Older people – especially those over 75 years old.
    • Those who live on their own, live in a care home, currently reside in a prison, rehab or detox facility.
    • People who have a serious or long term illnesses – including heart or lung conditions, diabetes, kidney disease, Parkinson’s disease, some mental health conditions and those with an addiction.
    • Those who may find it hard to keep cool including babies and the very young as they don’t sweat to keep cool, the bed bound, those with a drug or alcohol addiction or those with Alzheimer’s disease.
    • People who spend a lot of time outside or in hot, confined or poorly ventilated places, those who live in a top floor flat, the homeless and rough sleeping community, those whose jobs are outside and those who exert themselves during work, commuting or whilst exercising.

    General Advice, Top Tips & Life Hacks To Help Everyone Manage Better Hot Weather

    • Look out for those who may struggle to keep themselves cool and hydrated – older people, those with underlying health conditions and those who live alone are particularly at risk.
    • Close curtains or blinds in rooms that face the sun to keep indoor spaces cooler and remember it may be cooler outdoors than indoors in some situations.
    • Drink plenty of fluids, try to avoid caffeine as it will dehydrate you, and avoid keep alcohol consumption to an absolute minimum, ideally no alcohol at all if possible. Keep reading to learn more about this.
    • Never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle, especially infants, young children or animals.
    • Try to keep out of the sun when it’s hottest and do any tasks, travelling, exercise or socialising when it’s the coolest. It’s normally hottest between 11am to 3pm.
    • Walk in the shade, apply sunscreen regularly, wear a wide brimmed hat and wear light coloured, loose fitting clothing, ideally cotton or another similar breathable material. Consider wearing well-fitting sandals rather than flip-flops to reduce risk of accidents or injury.
    • Avoid exercising or socialising with others outdoors in the hottest parts of the day.
    • Make sure that you take a bottle of cold water, ideally ice water or cold fruit juice with you when going outside, especially if you’re travelling or commuting on public transport.
    • If you’re going into open water, a swimming pool, the sea, river or other body of water to cool down, take care and follow the recommended safety advice.
    • Wash feet regularly to avoid infection, particularly if you wear the same footwear everyday.
    • Eat regular light meals with high water content – salad, fruit, vegetables, cold soup.
    • Keep in touch and informed with family members, friends and watch out and offer to help others who may not be taking proper care of themselves.
    • Turn on the TV or radio to find out weather reports so that you do things at the coolest times of the day.
    • Warm and cool showers can help in this type of weather. Have a look at blog articles on the benefits of warm showers and the benefits of cool showers here.

    For more information visit GOV.UK: Heatwave Plan for England.

    If you have concerns about an uncomfortably hot house that’s affecting your health or someone else’s, get medical advice from your GP surgery or citizen’s advice bureau.

    You can also get help from the environmental health office at your local authority. They can inspect a home for hazards to health, including excess heat and help to provide you with the right advice, equipment or solutions for your individual needs and circumstances.

    Want to learn more about the science behind keeping cool in a heatwave. Check out the article here.

    Drugs, Alcohol & Hot Weather

    In the UK, we’re seeing more frequent bouts of severe adverse weather. Extreme hot weather is an average temperature of 30°C+ by day and 15°C+ overnight. It can be unpredictable and can severely impact your life, addiction and recovery.
    If you take drugs and/or alcohol, or you’re dependent on either, you need to take extra care of your health and wellbeing in hot weather, especially during heatwaves like the one we’re currently experiencing. One way to adapt to climate change is to know how to look after yourself and others in the heat.

    Addiction Specific Advice & Top Tips

    Your health comes first. Drug and alcohol use in extreme heat increases the risk of dehydration, overheating, accidents, injuries, adverse drug reactions, overdoses and accidental deaths. If you can safely reduce your substance use, do so with professional help, advice, monitoring and support.

    If you are dependent on drugs and/or alcohol (particularly opiates or benzodiazepines), DO NOT
    stop taking drugs suddenly without medical support and advice. Stay out of the heat and direct sunlight, particularly after taking drugs. Always contact your GP, keyworker or local drug and alcohol service if you
    feel mentally or physically unwell. You can find your local drug and alcohol service on our website here.

    Drugs and extreme heat have a lot in common in terms of effects on the body and mind, including: dehydration, dizziness, headaches, changes to breathing, changes to heart rate and blood pressure, nausea, vomiting or cramps.

    • If you are dehydrated, the effects of drugs and alcohol will be more severe – take in cool non-alcoholic and non-caffeinated fluids such as water or fruit juice.
    • DO NOT drink very large quantities of water too quickly to rehydrate – little and often is best, regularly throughout the day and night.
    • Check storage conditions for prescribed medications. Many medications advise you to avoid direct sunlight and hot spaces. Avoid storing your medication close to your body, in cars or where others may accidentally mistake your medication for a normal drink, especially those who’re young, vulnerable or don’t understand. REMEMBER – YOU ARE ENTITLED TO A FREE SAFETY LOCK BOX FROM YOUR PRESCRIBER IF YOU EVER KEEP DOSES AT HOME, FOR EXAMPLE SUNDAY DOSES IF YOUR PRESCRIBER IS CLOSED ON SUNDAYS AND WHERE OTHERS MAY HAVE ACCESS TO IT. If you have children or vulnerable people around you, get one now today, they save lives!
    • If the extreme heat stops you getting to and from addiction recovery groups, appointments or fellowship meetings, call peers or your addiction key-worker or professional for support and advice.
    • If you can’t avoid going out in the extreme heat or during the hottest times of the day, stick to shaded, cool and well ventilated areas.
    • Take a refillable bottle of cold water or juice with you to keep hydrated and assist with taking your prescribed medication. If you feel hot, seek out cool or air-conditioned spaces to cool down, rest and rehydrate. TAKE YOUR TIME!
    • Don’t go swimming to cool down after taking drugs or drinking alcohol – the risk of drowning or getting into trouble is much higher while under the influence of substances.
    • Warm and cool showers can help in this type of weather. Have a look at blog articles on the benefits of warm showers and the benefits of cool showers here.
    • Money matters. Keep an emergency fund for extreme hot weather for a taxis, drinks or whatever else you may need to avoid the direct heat and to stay cool and hydrated.
    • Reduce your spend on drugs in extreme heat to pay for food, non-alcoholic drinks, clothes, electricity, gas and phone.
    • Dress to keep cool. Light coloured, loose fitting cotton clothing is often best. Consider wearing well-fitting sandals rather than flip-flops to reduce risk of accidents or injury.
    • Keep cool indoors. Pull blinds or curtains down on sun-facing windows to keep rooms cooler.
    • If it’s safe, open windows when it cools down to ventilate.
    • Keep a spray bottle of water in the fridge to cool your face and body if you get too hot or become unwell from the heat.
    • If you have to go out, wear sunscreen.
    • If you have taken drugs, cool down by wiping a cool wet cloth / sponge against your skin.
    • Take care operating electric fans while intoxicated.
    • Wash feet regularly to avoid infection, particularly if you wear the same footwear everyday.
    • Eat regular light meals with high water content – salad, fruit, vegetables, cold soup.
    • If your drug/alcohol use varies across the day, make and consume food and non-alcoholic fluids at the best times for you – it’s better to eat and drink when it suits you than not all, even if it’s not at the conventional/traditional times of the day or night.
    • Keep in touch and informed with family members, clean and sober friends and watch out and offer to help others who may not be taking proper care of themselves. Addicts often neglect their own physical health, mental health and personal hygiene so it’s important to look after ourselves and others where possible and appropriate.
    • Keep in regular contact with support workers and addiction professionals who can help, monitor and support you during these tough times.
    • Turn on the TV or radio to find out weather reports so that you do things at the coolest times of the day.
    • Find out about ways to keep cool yet connected with others by speaking to your local community/faith groups to see what’s on offer or happening locally.

    Can you think of anyone who may need or benefit from a supportive phone/video call or text message? Remember a quick “how are you?” And to let them know you’re thinking of them can go a long way for someone feeling isolated, lonely, sad or unwell.

    Daniel R – Drink ‘n’ Drugs Psychotherapist

    Methadone/Subutex & Daily Supervised Consumption Prescriptions

    If you’re on a daily supervised consumption
    prescription and the extreme heat is affecting your ability to access your medication, speak immediately to your prescriber or support worker.

    Tips For Homeless/Rough Sleeping Community Members

    • If you’re homeless or sleeping rough, DO NOT sit out or sleep in direct sun. Seek out shade or go indoors. Take care of your dog if you have one with you as they suffer just as much as we do, if not more so. Keep them cool, shaded, fed, hydrated, out of direct sunshine and even consider trimming the fur short of longer, thicker haired breeds to keep them from overheating. DO NOT SHUT THEM IN CARS OR CONFINED SPACES WHERE THEY CAN OVERHEAT AND DIE WITHIN MINUTES!
    • Find sources of clean water to drink at community facilities and shelters. Take extra care with food you are given or you find – food spoils much faster in hotter weather and can make you unwell.

    Top Hot Weather Life Hacks To Keep You Cool & Comfortable

    Here’s some of our top hot weather life hacks to keep you cool and comfortable until the heat dies back down again. We hope they help you as much as they do for us!

    Quick Recap!

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  • The Rise Of ASMR Videos For Addiction Recovery

    If you’ve never heard of the concept of ASMR videos, prepare to enter into a world that may seem very strange at first. And perhaps even longer than that. Firstly, ASMR stands for Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response, which may not make things any clearer, so we’ll sum it up more simply by saying that it’s Autonomous sensory meridian response (ASMR) is a tingling sensation that usually begins on the scalp and moves down the back of the neck and upper spine. A pleasant form of paresthesia, it has been compared with auditory-tactile synesthesia and may overlap with frisson.

    ASMR, as a concept, began in 2007 when someone posted in a forum a post titled “WEIRD SENSATION FEELS GOOD” which may be the best description possible of this topic. It’s about those slightly odd but not unpleasant and usually relaxing tingles you get in your brain by little things like someone reading you a bedtime story or someone writing on your hand or watching someone else drawing or painting. You probably recognise that sensation just from the memories of those events.

    And ASMR is a big business today. YouTubers have picked up on it and there are many thousands out there offering their services, with the likes of Gentle Whispering amongst the early adopters, though their subscribers and video views are today dwarfed by people like Jane ASMR and Hongyu ASMR, who have an average of over 2m views per video, raking in millions of dollars a year from it.

    The diversity of what appeals to fans can be shown by the most popular YouTuber being Ice Cream Rolls, whose ice cream tutorials have earned them 8.3m subscribers and 2.6m average video views. But even people whose videos pre-date ASMR by several decades have found themselves finding whole new audiences, like the painter Bob Ross, whose relaxing lessons have gained a second life.

    ASMR is a global phenomenon, with users in places like Brunei, Sweden, Iceland, Norway, New Zealand and France responsible for the most searches on YouTube. Digging into the data also demonstrates which ASMR triggers are most popular, with massage, tapping and scratching up at the top of the list, while noises like typing and cat purring are also popular for their relaxing qualities.

    Paper folding, simulated hairdressing and roleplays are also much-loved by devotees and it hit the big time in 2019 when a Zoe Kravitz ASMR advert was shown during the SuperBowl half-time. Some of the most popular ASMR videos on YouTube show how accurate a description WEIRD SENSIBLE FEELS GOOD turned out to be, like Making Glossy Slime With Piping Bags, which shows bright gooey paints being mixed together in a slimy, satisfying swirl. It’s been watched 114m times and has made its creator over $150k.

    Addiction ASMR Role-play Video On YouTube.

    ASMR is also being used to help with addiction as well. Whether it be to better cope with withdrawal symptoms, to improving your recovery efforts, there’s a video out there for everyone.

    Other weirdly satisfying things to feature in popular ASMR videos include a car driving over cigarette lighters, someone carving soap, and lipsticks sinking into clear slime. So now you know, which type of videos will you be watching? Will you be including this into your daily recovery activities? Comment below and let us know or join us on social media to see what others have to say about this too!

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