A Wake-Up Call“I had to take a step back and examine my relationship with alcohol.”

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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35 year old Fiona Cooney couldn’t get back home from Canada this Christmas, so she and her Irish housemates decided to make their celebrations in Vancouver “as Irish as possible”, as she told Ryan Tubridy today. Christmas Eve ended early with Fiona blacking out and being rushed to hospital with her friends worrying she had died. The experience has been …

Tommy Tiernan“I just think that every now and again, that thing of losing control – I’m not sure it’s an altogether bad thing.”

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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Silence. Rising at 5am. Meditating for nine hours a day. No food after lunchtime. Happy birthday, Tommy Tiernan. The comedian joined Ryan Tubridy in studio this morning and the first thing Ryan asked him about was his upcoming 50th birthday. It turns out Tommy’s going on a ten-day silent retreat in a Buddhist monastery in Co Clare for his birthday. …

Senator Frances Black‘The people of Ireland need to know that alcohol causes cancer.’

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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Senator Frances Black joined Sean O’Rourke to give him her take on the decision to remove the provision to include warnings about the link between alcohol consumption and cancer from alcohol labels. Frances told Sean that while she remains “very hopeful that this amendment will get through”, the current situation is discouraging. “There’s no doubt about it. We need to …

John's Story‘Alcohol is a drug…make no excuses about that. It is a drug and it is a mind-altering drug. And that’s proven’

As heard on The Ray D'Arcy Show

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John Higgins lost his son, David, to suicide 6 years ago. John joined Ray on The Ray D’Arcy Show to talk about David and discuss the connection between cheaply-priced alcohol and suicide. As John put it to Ray, “All parents should remember the day their children are born. You should never have to remember the day they die.” Unfortunately, that day came for John in …

Alcoholism, children and relationships ‘Is it better to try to stay with an alcoholic parent and try to manage it?’

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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It’s no news that Ireland has a deep cultural relationship with alcohol, a relationship we publicise, even celebrate, internationally. Tackling the fallout from our drinking culture, particularly when it comes to alcoholism, has been the subject of debate for decades, and that debate was played out once again on the Today programme, presented this morning by Cormac Ó hEadhra. Specifically, …

Dry November“There are immediate benefits that they’ll have noticed themselves and there are immediate benefits that if you measured them, you’d find that their health had benefitted.”

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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Have you had a “Dry November”? Now that December is upon us, those that decided to abstain for the month of November might suppose that they can look forward to imbibing the Christmas spirit, safe in the knowledge that their month-long dry spell will set them in good stead for the busy festive period. “[Those who abstained in November’s] cholesterol …