Former North East football star opens up about his ‘hellish’ battle with booze

Former Sunderland star Kieron Brady has spoken of his battle with the booze to assist others struggling to deal with their very own dependence on alcohol.

The proficient midfielder, whose performances lit up Roker Park in a short however fondly remembered profession from 1989 to 1993, revealed how his consuming reached disaster level in his mid-30s when he determined to enter restoration.

He mentioned: “My consuming was on the excessive finish and it was hellish. I would not need anybody to expertise what I went by way of and no matter your relationship with alcohol, you may flip it spherical with the precise help.

“If you are consuming an excessive amount of, I can actually say that reducing down and even making an attempt a while off the booze will convey you all the issues alcohol promised you however didn’t ship.”

Now 49, he has been sober since June, 2009, and has since married and began a household, one thing he as soon as thought was not doable.

Kieron mentioned: “One of the issues I say to individuals who assume they is likely to be consuming an excessive amount of, or on that path, is to evaluate their consuming as actually as they will.

“If it’s costing you greater than cash and changing into problematic in your private {and professional} life, now could be the time to take a look at how a lot you are consuming, the the reason why and make a change.

“I came upon the onerous manner. Recovery has taught me that life occasions do lead individuals to show to alcohol, primarily for solace, however I used to be already consuming far an excessive amount of.

“As nicely as affecting the physique, alcohol impacts the thoughts and it may possibly create many alternative psychological well being situations for some.

“I used to be identified with despair and depersonalisation dysfunction, each of which have been alcohol-induced. Thankfully, my psychological well being improved due to my restoration and I have never suffered from despair since changing into sober.”

Kieron Brady at this time

He added: “It’s necessary that individuals recognise the warning indicators if their consuming is creeping up. Consider how a lot you assume about alcohol while you’re not consuming.

“Have you ever hidden your consuming, began consuming early, or a beloved one has informed you that you just is likely to be consuming an excessive amount of? Ask your self these questions and reply them actually. I typically say to individuals – has anybody ever informed you that you may be ‘Jekyll and Hyde’ due to your relationship with alcohol?”

Kieron spoke out firstly of Alcohol Awareness Week for which a survey revealed 4 in in 10 (41%) drinkers reported anxiousness, stress or fear as a cause for consuming no less than as soon as previously six months.

That would imply almost 740,000 individuals within the North East who could have turned to alcohol as a coping mechanism.

A marketing campaign known as “Alcohol – Not the Answer” was launched this month by North East alcohol workplace Balance to spotlight how booze can weaken our immune system in opposition to infectious illnesses like Covid, contribute to low temper and anxiousness, and trigger most cancers, stroke and coronary heart illness.

Colin Shevills, director of Balance, mentioned: “These new findings for Alcohol Awareness Week are worrying.

“They are the newest to show that the final eight or 9 months have pushed extra individuals down the highway in direction of alcohol changing into an actual hazard to their bodily and psychological well being.”

The nationwide survey from Alcohol Change for Alcohol Awareness Week discovered that anxiousness, stress or fear have been the commonest causes given for consuming.

But whereas struggles with psychological well being led many to drink alcohol, consuming really worsened psychological well being for 4 in 10 drinkers (44%).

This shut, two-way hyperlink between alcohol and psychological well being is the rationale that this 12 months’s Alcohol Awareness Week – run by Alcohol Change UK – is specializing in alcohol and psychological well being.

People can go to for suggestions and free instruments to assist reduce down.

For info on the place to get help if you happen to or somebody is consuming closely, please go to the Alcohol Change UK website.



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