We have moved Theme!?

As you can see The Alcoholics Guide to Alcoholism has moved to a new blog theme!

This blog theme will hopefully be more easy to read and more in keeping with my intention to keep blogs below 600 words and to be more about recovery from addiction rather than the disease/disorder of addictive behaviour.

However some readers may have an issue with reading on top of a visual image/photograph?

Let me know if you find it kinda difficult reading this new blog?

A TIP – scroll the words as you read  up to the top of the page where it is uniformly grey and easy to read.

That’s what I do anyway.

I liked and picked  it because it catches that desperate loneliness of walking the beach in the rain at the end of my alcoholism.

Trying to work out your future when it felt so bleak and devoid of hope. Reminds me of when I was so confused about what the hell had happened to me and why my life had turned out so miserably?

I remember this beach walks very well indeed.

I live 5-10  minutes from the beach. I would escape there in the rain because I knew there would no one there.

I could be alone in my desperation.

By this stage I felt no one knew what I was going through or no one could help. I was beyond human aid, but in a way I had not comprehended yet.

You know you are in a desperate place when you can get no enjoyment out of walking on a beach.

Being on a beach with my wife, friends, family or with my dogs made me more acutely aware than anywhere else of my utter desolation, my absolute disconnection with all the good things in life.

In the last 9 months of my active alcoholism I walked the beach while in alcoholic psychosis, until the hallucinations got too severe and  me too fearfully paranoid resorted to living in the attic room in our house.


Inside the alcoholic brain has moved into The Alcoholics Guide to Alcholism’s old theme as   I felt the old theme for Inside the Alcoholic Brain was way too wordy and off putting for potential readers.

I have also lost one of the three columns on the blog page in order to make the blog site easier to read. I hope you agree?

Please drop me a comment to let me know if you think the changes I have made to this blog help it or hinder it,  have improved the readability and accessibility of this blog or not?

If you are still walking that beach please get in touch?

There is a solution to your problem.


  1. feelingmywaybackintolife · June 3, 2015

    😦 Sorry to say but I find it very difficult to read. :-/

    • alcoholicsguide · June 3, 2015

      oh no – I love this theme but this was/is a concern. thanks for your feedback

    • alcoholicsguide · June 3, 2015

      any different now with a pink font?

    • alcoholicsguide · June 3, 2015

      this should be better now? No? More uniformly grey now i have blown up the image?

      • feelingmywaybackintolife · June 3, 2015

        Yes, I think I missed the pink (or I have gone colourblind) but it looks quieter now. 🙂

      • alcoholicsguide · June 3, 2015

        the pink was short lived – I want this blog to be more about/come from the heart and inside the alcoholics brain more the head.

  2. susan freeman · June 3, 2015

    Yes like the new layout. Easier to read. Love your writing. Really helpful. Sue

    Sent from my Windows Phone ________________________________

    • alcoholicsguide · June 3, 2015

      thank you Sue – thank you for the feedback and compliments – this theme is more lyrical, gets more to the emotions possibly of the still suffering alcoholic and their families which is a major part of this change in emphasis – trying to appeal more to the heart than the head. ? :-/

  3. Lori K · June 3, 2015

    I like it 🙂 I scrolled to the top, as you suggested.

    • alcoholicsguide · June 3, 2015

      yey! it is more simple and direct now I think Lori – for newcomers especially – that’s the plan anyway. Thanks for your feedback! 🙂

  4. feelingmywaybackintolife · June 4, 2015

    I’ve just read your post of today but I thought my comment to the lay would be better suited here. Not sure if I’m telling something new/in case you were wondering: WP sometimes gives 2 ‘enters’/hard returns where we only push on enter once. This can be changed in the html version of the text when writing. In my layout the html tab is at the upper right corner of the screen that I write in. Change back to the ‘normal’ make-up with pushing the tab that says ‘visual’. Good luck!

    • alcoholicsguide · June 4, 2015

      thanks for this – I like the glidey more spaced effect – goes with a more lyrical style of writing hopefully. That’s the plan anyway?

      • alcoholicsguide · June 4, 2015

        but I wold concede it was bit overdone in the last blog! 🙂

      • feelingmywaybackintolife · June 4, 2015

        Ooh ok, hmm, this is me projecting a dislike for double returns in a WP message :-D, sorry!

      • alcoholicsguide · June 4, 2015

        really? I would never have guessed. I was thinking of my Dutch Professor for some strange reason when you commented? The double spacing was excessive I admit!

      • feelingmywaybackintolife · June 4, 2015
      • alcoholicsguide · June 4, 2015

        like e.g. being right!? I hope you noticed that I have removed the double spacing now!? I have a Dutch thing, they “suggest” and I comply. This is not right! I am a defiant, opinionated argumentative Irishman, something has gone wrong here!? Must that recovery working?

  5. feelingmywaybackintolife · June 4, 2015

    Ghegheghe, is that the list of traits of Irish people? 🙂

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