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# Alcoholism

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# problems
‘I was literally trying to get through the next hour without having a drink’
Ex-Ireland international Keith Treacy on how various addictions severely impacted his football career and caused him to seek help.
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# Veterans
'Soldiers come home with addiction problems and PTSD, but there's no real support'
More needs to be done to help veterans who previously served in the Defence Forces, the Organisation of National Ex-Service Personnel has said.
# Interview
'You either get sober, end up in jail or in a brown box. I wasn't far away from any of them'
Former Wexford goalkeeping coach Noel Considine speaks to The42 about his horrific journey to conquering alcoholism.
# Circuit Criminal Court
'Jekyll and Hyde character' who assaulted garda gets a suspended sentence
The man’s barrister told the court: “When he is sober, he is fine. When he is drunk, he is a nightmare.”
# simon pegg
Simon Pegg has opened up about his battle with alcoholism and depression
The actor felt that the movie ‘The World’s End’ was a way of telling people about his problems.
# Addiction
A 'wonder drug' used to treat alcoholism may not be as effective as previously thought
Anti-spasticity drug baclofen has more recently been used to treat alcohol addiction.
# not a witch hunt
Gabriel Byrne says #MeToo movement 'hasn't gone far enough'
The actor described Harvey Weinstein as “an absolutely ferocious bully”.
# problem drinking
'While the rest of us are looking forward at this time of year, they're feeling the dread and the anxiety'
Christmas can be a particularly trying time for problem drinkers and their families, an addiction counsellor said.
# Mental Health
Marian Keyes: 'Don't blame yourself if you can't find the cause of your depression'
Best selling author, Marian Keyes, talked about relationships and mental health on the Late Late Show last night.
Alcoholism: 'Dad, I don’t blame you. I never have'
This is a letter to my father, on how his disease has affected me, and how much I love him.
# Alcoholism
'I want my kids to know there is no shame in getting help': Ben Affleck speaks out about his alcohol addiction
The Hollywood star said he had recently completed treatment.
There are moments in our lives where the world changes and you go 'was I on the right road all the time?'
Irish artist and writer Christina Reihill explores alcoholism and addiction in her new work about the writer Dorothy Parker.
# homeless in the west
Beating homelessness: 'I look at photos of my grandchildren to keep me sober'
High rents, alcoholism and illness – there are so many roads that lead to homelessness.
# Alcoholism
'Have they no conscience?' Frances Black lets rip at pubs selling pints for €1
Pubs have been launching Black Friday Specials, selling pints and shots for “.99c”.
# Rutland Centre
"I used to have to call down to my mother's house when she wasn't in and rob food" - Battling gambling addiction
The Rutland Centre launched its Recovery Month today to raise awareness of addiction and recovery.
'I’m so happy not to be spending another Christmas in rehab'
When using, I went from taking two codeine tablets at a time, to 28 in one go.
I love a drink but I don't want to end up like my dad: an alcoholic and alone
“Having struggled to deal with my father’s alcoholism my entire life, I wonder just how his ‘fondness for the drink’ has distorted my perception of alcohol.”
# mary manning
'He didn't value that we were actually human beings, it was like a nightmare.'
Mary Manning was repeatedly abused by her stepfather.
'My dad was a violent alcoholic. I vowed to make my daughter's childhood better than mine.'
My father drank to forget the worst years of his life – his childhood – and at the same time destroyed mine.
# booze
When it comes to alcohol abuse, the Irish aren't the worst in the world
We’re actually the fourth worst, according to a new report.
What’s the problem with an “Out-of-Control” drinking campaign?
There has been controversy surrounding an anti-binge drinking campaign which, while having an independent Board, is funded by drinks industry giant Diageo.
'I will never get my childhood back': Four people talk about life with an alcoholic parent
Teens Affected by Addiction is a project aimed at raising awareness about the impact of alcoholism on families – here, they share some personal stories.
'It was always my job to check if Dad was breathing after he passed out'
Living with a parent who is an alcoholic is confusing, isolating and terrifying for young people. Why are we not doing more to help them?
Opinion: Soju think the Irish are all drunks?
News of an Irish teacher being discriminated against in South Korea has annoyed a lot of people – but it shouldn’t put you off this beautiful and welcoming country.
Opinion: I had a great life, friends, business - and I was paralysed by depression
“Panic attacks can be a sign of depression and mental health issues and I couldn’t believe it was happening to me” – Niall Harbison on fighting two battles; illness and stigma.
Opinion: How I woke up to my unhealthy attitude to alcohol
The photos of a friend’s wedding were the tipping point for me – they showed me what I’d been doing, but I couldn’t remember anything.
# drink taken
Why do the Irish drink so much? Dr Drew explains*
*At least, he explains what HE thinks.
# problem drinking
How much does alcohol abuse affect others in Ireland? A lot, says a new report
The harm experienced by people due to their own drinking is only part of the story argues Alcohol Action Ireland.
# pilot project
How Amsterdam is paying alcoholics to work for beer
In a pilot project, the city is giving participants beer in exchange for light work collecting litter and eating a decent meal.
Column: Young people don’t need to be patronised by safe drinking campaigns
Student filmmaker Nicky O’Donnell writes about how he contributed to a video about responsible drinking aimed at young people – without talking down to them.
# Bottoms Up
Average Irish adult drank equivalent of 411 pints last year
That might sound like a lot, but it’s almost 100 pints fewer than the average in 2001.
# Gazza
Troubled Gazza seeks treatment in US
The former footballer “has been asking for help and has willingly been admitted to a treatment centre in America,” his management company said this evening.
# dangerous games
Gazza's 'life in danger' reveals agent after shocking pictures are published
Gascoigne sparked fears for his health after a rambling speech at a midweek charity event.
# Winehouse
Second inquest rules Amy Winehouse killed by accidental alcohol poisoning
The same verdict was given at a re-hearing of the inquest – which was ordered after it emerged that the first was heard by a coroner who did not have the correct qualifications.
Column: Yes, booze causes problems – but why tar us all with the same brush?
Proposals to hike the minimum price of alcohol are penalising moderate drinkers for the sins of those who have bigger problems, writes Aaron McKenna.
Column: Youth drinking problem? Perhaps we should look at ourselves…
The Phoenix Park concert has highlighted the problem of young people and alcohol, writes Fiona Ryan – but the problems caused by parental drinking go largely unremarked.
Column: We need to put the humanity back into sport performance
Our sports stars may seem like superheroes, but they’re just as fragile as you and I, writes sports psychologist Tadhg MacIntyre.
# Your Say
Poll: Should Ireland set a minimum price on alcohol?
The government intends to introduce a ‘price floor’ in attempts to curb alcohol abuse. Do you back their plan?
# Dying for a Drink
The 17 jobs where you're most likely to become an alcoholic
Business Insider sorted through 11 million US death certificates – and found the professions most likely to die of alcoholism.
# Opinion
Give it a rest, Darren: why the Open champion needs to shut up about drink
The European Tour veteran’s ceaseless alcohol-related bragging isn’t just unimaginative, it’s beginning to tarnish the memory of his Open victory, risks making him look pathetic in the process.