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Denial as a Coping Strategy for Alcoholism

Denial as a Powerful Symptom of Alcoholism  Chances are you likely have an idea of what coping is – we all have coping mechanisms we automatically use daily. But did you know that denial can keep you alive? Therapists and psychiatrists often talk of denial as if it is something terrible or unnatural. However often if you’re in denial, you’ll likely be trying to protect yourself by refusing to accept the truth about something terrible happening in your life. In the short term, denial can be a good thing as it can give you enough time to adjust to painful…

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10 Things I Don’t Miss About my Alcohol Addiction

Living an Alcohol-Free Life – Why It’s Better than Ever From feeling constantly angry and depressed to being permanently broke, my alcohol addiction caused a series of bad decisions that I will always regret. Only the other day, someone asked me if I missed alcohol. Almost a decade ago, I had my last drink after twenty years of drinking anything I could get my hands on. No, I didn’t miss drinking – sometimes, my depression tries to tell me that I’m happier with a bottle in my hand, but I know that’s not true. When I was drunk all the…

But until something terrible happens to you or a loved one due to alcoholism, you will never truly grasp the true magnitude of alcohol addiction in Ireland and the number of lives it destroys.

Quitting drinking, positive benefits of sobriety

Benefits of Stopping Drinking Alcohol Completely Just like cigarettes give warnings on the front of their packs, the dangers and health risks of alcohol are well-known, hugely circulated and easily ignored. Smarmore and long term sobriety But until something terrible happens to you or a loved one due to alcoholism, you will never truly grasp the true magnitude of alcohol addiction in Ireland and the number of lives it destroys. Rehab is a choice, just like alcohol might have been at the beginning. Many of the team at Smarmore have themselves recovered from alcoholism. We get it, we’ve lived through…

Understanding the pain of Alcohol Induced Panic Attacks

Understanding The Pain of Alcohol Induced Panic Attacks

Alcohol and Anxiety: Panic Attacks After or During Drinking Are you suffering from alcohol-induced panic attacks? More information on our addiction treatment Alcohol Drugs Gambling Consuming alcohol can trigger panic attacks, while others experience extreme nervousness after drinking. However, regular panic attacks induced by alcohol is a serious matter that can lead to addiction. If you start drinking and cannot always stop or predict the outcome, you might need professional help. Why does alcohol cause panic? Many stimulants, including alcohol, result in a relative rise in adrenaline and a delayed increase in noradrenaline concentration. Noradrenaline is a chemical produced naturally…

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Quiz: Could you have an alcohol abuse problem?

Alcohol Self-Assessment Test Are you concerned that you might be drinking too much alcohol? Have you asked yourself “am I an alcoholic?” This self-evaluation for an alcohol use disorder will screen you for symptoms of alcohol addiction. The below self-assessment questionnaire screens for dangerous or harmful alcohol consumption, which can help you identify whether you have a problem with alcohol or not. Take the test When you’ve answered the questions we’ll provide you with some advice about alcoholism and what you should do next. You can also explore some more options below. Alcohol unit guide: Small glass of red/white/rosé wine…

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Alcohol addiction services ‘woefully inadequate’

Ireland’s alcohol problem needs more free resources & funding As a rehab facility in Ireland, we know all too well about the lack of quality alcohol addiction resources and services available in the country. That’s one of the primary reasons that we opened Smarmore Castle in 2015 in County Louth. After seeing success from our facilities in Scotland and abroad, we saw the alcohol crisis in Ireland and knew that we could do something to help. If you feel alone and that there is nothing available to help you, look no further. Here at Smarmore Castle, we treat alcoholism with…

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List of resources for alcoholism in Ireland & NI

Alcohol Addiction Support: Charities, Rehabs & Free Help Smarmore Castle in County Louth is one of Ireland’s best alcohol and drug rehab clinics offering tonnes of addiction support. Over a thousand people have entered our drug and alcohol addiction facility, many of which have gone on to achieve life-long sobriety and abstinence. If you’re struggling with alcohol or drug abuse, we’re here for you and can offer advice on the best course of action you need to take to seek treatment. More information on our addiction treatment Alcohol Drugs Gambling Your first step To assess your needs and provide you…

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Alcoholism rates in Ireland

The Truth About Alcoholism in Ireland Smarmore Castle is particularly proud of the results of their alcohol addiction treatment programmes at their private residential rehabilitation clinic in County Louth. With an expert medical team and a consultant psychiatrist, we have been able to deliver effective evidence-based alcohol addiction treatment that is well-known for helping people achieve sustained sobriety in the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, the rest of the UK and Europe. Alcoholism rates in Ireland Three deaths a day in Ireland due to alcohol [1] 500 Irish people die from alcohol-related cancers annually [2] In 2019, alcohol use in…

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Secret Drinking – How to spot the Signs Of Hidden Alcoholism

Hidden Signs of Alcoholism How can you see the signs of secret drinking when people with an alcohol problem become so good at hiding it? More information on our addiction treatment Alcohol Drugs Gambling Many people occasionally enjoy a nice glass of wine or a pint in a pub. But how can you tell when things get out of hand, and alcohol consumption becomes an addictive habit? Alcohol addiction isn’t always easy to spot, which can trick people into believing they don’t need help. This means it’s often left to those around them to notice the signs. Let the addiction…

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Chest Pains After Drinking Alcohol

Causes, Symptoms and How to Help Picture the scene: it’s the morning after a hefty night before in Dublin’s pubs and clubs. You wake up, and alongside the hazy memories and bloodshot eyes, you also feel an ache in your chest. Does this sound familiar? Perhaps you’ve experienced chest pain after a binge-drinking session with your friends or during the festive season when drinking is aplenty. Described above is what some medical professionals have called ‘holiday heart syndrome’, when you experience an erratic heartbeat, feelings of breathlessness, or chest pain after drinking alcohol. The Irish Heart Foundation highlights how excessive…