An Irish alcohol intervention will make you laugh

Alcohol  intervention is the term  used to describe when families and or friends come together to try and persuade someone they care about that they are drinking too much. Often when they are very confrontational they have the opposite effect and just push the person into drinking more. So we’re not big fans of alcohol  interventions. We believe people drinking too much need support not criticism.


Does the person know they have a drinking problem?

It’s really important to know what stage the person is at. Do they have even a little  awareness they have an alcohol problem or are they totally unaware they are drinking too much?

A very useful tool is the Wheel of Change (shown below) which shows the various stages people go through when trying to make any type of change whether big or small.

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The wheel of change can really help

Psychology research suggests supporting the person according to where they are in the wheel of change is more helpful.

So if somebody is not on the wheel of change, they have not  yet realised they are drinking too much. Confronting them in an alcohol intervention to “make them see the truth” is unlikely to help. It could even make matters worse.

Instead provide simple factual information as to why reducing drinking may be helpful. It should be relevant to the person.

For example, if the person drinking too much is sad or is anxious, information showing the links between drinking and anxiety may be useful. You can find useful facts on this   here or South Lady’s story here  may be helpful.


Alcohol interventions can cause more problems

While many treatment services recommend alcohol interventions to “break down the person’s resistance” we are not fans of an approach which is often  based around active confrontation and frequently creates resistance.

But onto an alcohol intervention which we definitely like.


A funny  Irish alcohol intervention

Foil, Arms and Hog are Irish comedy geniuses. They do sketches and weekly videos poking fun at  Irish life and culture.

One of their videos  now has over 3 million views. It’s about an alcohol intervention. But an alcohol intervention with a difference. This intervention is  for  an Irish boy who does not drink.

It’s really funny, mainly because it shows just how much alcohol is a part of our lives and you can actually see this type of thing  happening in real life.

Some of the comments on the video bear this out

“I’m a Irish teetotaller. Spookily accurate believe it or not. I’m a disgrace.” 

 “defo think this is what my mates are like with me when I don’t drink on nights out hahahahaha or my family with me at the wedding not drinking haha”


“You’re pregnant, my friends said when I stopped drinking

Many of our writers say the same thing, their family and friends don’t like it when they don’t drink.

Sinead writes about “You’re pregnant, my friends said when I stopped drinking

MSBG writes about “how living in Ireland made her  drink more to be accepted by Irish Friends

Irvine says “  he can’t live in Ireland as he drinks too much.

Siolta writes ” on her fears of  being seen as no craic ” if she does n’t drink

Beanyneamy writes ” on drinking away the Irish stereotype ”

My own experience of giving myself a hangover headache

So this video really  nails our approach to drinking. The social pressure to always drink.


Make the change

If you’d like to change our attitudes to alcohol, sign our petition here to support the alcohol public health bill. Big Alcohol have pulled out all the stops  to kill  this bill and our Government is listening to them and putting big alcohol profit before public health.


Make sure to watch the video here, you’ll get a good laugh. And go see Foil Arms and Hog, it will be a great night out.



This post was written by Carol

As some who gets hangovers lasting a week, Carol never drank too much - Once she got to a sensible age! However as a patient with an auto immune illness, since she was a teenager she has to drink very little. So she really understands how Irish society makes this very difficult. Carol is responsible for all aspects of Lifewise operations that Valerie and Angela do not cover.

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