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Dry January Is a Bad Idea!

by Dr Emma Gray - 23rd January, 2017
Dry January Is a Bad Idea!

Dry January is a Bad Idea! At a glance it seems that giving up alcohol for a whole month, especially after the excesses of Christmas, is a good idea.  However, on closer inspection is it possible that this recently popular way of dealing with January is just another version of the feast or famine approach to life that we seem so drawn to. As a society our relationship with alcohol is far from ideal.  Its social acceptability has allowed many of us to fall into the trap of ‘using’ it […]...

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The Right To Die – Friends & Family Perspectives – Part 5

The Right to Die – Friends & Family Perspectives – Part 5 For most people, the perspectives of friends and family members is of importance in major life decisions.  We care about what they think, how they feel and the impact of our decisions on those we love.  Conflict with friends or family members may be triggered by disagreements in a major decision.  At best, it can bring people closer together, and at worst it can cause complete relationship breakdowns or changes to mental health.  For these reasons, we need […]...

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The Right To Die Debate – Illness And The Importance Of Considering Control – Part 4

The Right to Die Debate – Illness And The Importance of Considering Control – Part 4 Living with a chronic illness can be stressful and many people will go through a time when they feel completely out of control of their lives.  Learning to live a meaningful life with chronic illness is a challenge, which many people are successful in.  But this can change if an illness is progressive or worsens and causes a marked deterioration in quality of life.  The coping strategies any one of us has will have […]...

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The Right To Die – Understanding The Choice – Part 3

The Right to Die – Understanding The Choice – Part 3 When a loved one chooses to end their life it can be a confusing and terrifying for their friends and family.  Being able to understand this choice is pivotal if those affected are to come to terms with the choice, navigate their way through the process and eventually find some peace. What we need Understanding someone else’s choice requires empathy, the capacity to understand someone else’s thoughts and feelings by imaging what it is like to be them.  However, […]...

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