Blogs

April 16, 2019

The Difference Between Binge Drinking and Alcoholism

Many of us have engaged in heavy drinking or know someone who enjoys an occasional binge-drinking session with their friends. Almost certainly, at some point a thought has crossed your mind, “Do you think you’re an alcoholic?” After all, an occasional night of heavy drinking has become the norm. It is now socially acceptable to go to a pub with your friends and have more than the recommended allowance of alcohol.

April 9, 2019

What Are the Benefits of Rehab?

Whether one has an alcohol, drug, or behavioural addiction, the benefits of a rehab can help anyone into a successful and lasting recovery. Ireland offers a variety of treatment options for addiction, ranging from self-help programmes to luxury residential rehabs. Although rehab is not the only option for addiction treatment, depending on the person, it may be the best treatment option.

April 3, 2019

Am I Married to a Functioning Alcoholic?

A functioning alcoholic (sometimes called a functional alcoholic) is not always easy to spot. Unlike most alcoholics, functioning alcoholics do not exhibit obvious symptoms of alcoholism. They also manage to be generally competent in all or most aspects of their lives, therefore avoiding the stereotypical image of alcoholism. They are often middle-aged, successful, and have a job and family.

March 27, 2019

What is Outpatient Treatment for Alcoholism Like?

There are many types of approaches to treatment for addiction, be it alcoholism, drug addiction or a behavioural addiction. They can range from self-help to outpatient to inpatient programmes. Each has its benefits and downsides. Inpatient treatment, and the rarer intensive outpatient treatment programmes, are the most effective forms of treatment.

March 14, 2019

Why Can’t Alcoholics Stop Before They Lose Everything?

 

Alcoholism is a chronic illness that takes over the mind, and sometimes the body as well. It is extremely tough to control one’s behaviour with any addiction and alcoholics find it harder to stop than most. Sometimes, an alcoholic has to lose everything before they decide to get help. Sometimes, even hitting rock bottom is not enough.

 

Why can’t alcoholics stop drinking?

 

March 4, 2019

How Does Long-term Alcohol Abuse Affect the Brain?

 

December 21, 2018

Christmas Recovery Thoughts

 

Recovery from addiction is our priority and even Christmas should not be allowed to get in the way. Instead, we should use this time as an opportunity to revisit some familiar truths.

 

December 6, 2018

  • The first academic report to have investigated the impact of weather on alcohol intake.
  • Study found a clear negative correlation between climate factors – average temperature and sunlight hours – and alcohol consumption.
  • Climate contributed to a higher burden of alcoholic liver disease.
  • Report is based on extensive data from 193 sovereign countries.

It has often been speculated that people who live in colder climates drink more heavily than their counterparts in warmer countries. And now we have proof – a study, recently published in Hepatology, found that as temperature and sunlight hours dropped, alcohol consumption increased.

October 29, 2018

Feed Me by Rachel Maclean plunges you into a sickly sweet dystopian journey in a world of hardcore contrasts. Walking into the showing you are greeted by soft yellow bean bags, candyfloss pink shag carpeting and baby blue walls.

October 17, 2018

HOOKED  – An Exhibition on Addiction at the Science Gallery, London

I watch a rather world-weary woman reading aloud - a ‘goodbye letter to alcohol’. It is an exercise that I often use when working with patients at Castle Craig Hospital and will be familiar to anyone with experience of addiction therapy.  It is an effective recovery technique. Nothing new there.