The stigma around drinking too much is still there. It stops people from getting help because they are afraid of been seen as bad people. It also means treatment services are not as good as they can be. For women in particular, there is a real fear they will lose their children if they admit to a drink problem.
It’s changing now though with more and more people going public about drinking too much. So in this post we look back on the stories of some of people who have gone public about living with an alcohol problem.
Emma was a high flyer with a drink problem
Emma had a degree and was well on her way to qualifying as an accountant with one of Ireland’s top accountancy firms. Click here for Emma’s story.
The Rose of Tralee “confesses” to an addiction problem
Did she really have an addiction problem though? Click here for her story.
Alan was a successful entrepreneur with a drink problem
Yet no one noticed he was drinking too much. Click here for his story.
Valerie could never stop drinking
Until she found out why she was drinking too much. Now she helps other people. Click here for Valerie’s story
SouthLady drank to drown out her anxiety
She did not realise her drinking was making her anxiety worse. Click here for her story
Lucy saw herself as one of life victims
But she was a feminist so how could she be a victim?
Click here for Lucy’s story
It’s good these brave people are going public. But there is still a long way to go before society’s attitudes towards alcohol become healthier.