Month: April 2013
Speaker: Dr. Conor Farren, Consultant Psychiatrist, St. Patrick’s Hospital & published author
Topic: Alcohol and Depression
Summary: Dr. Connor Farren talks about the relationship between the consumption of alcohol and depression. He explains the thinking behind the new terminolgy ‘Alcohol Use Disorder’ and the checklist of 11 criteria, only 2 of which are needed to be diagnosed with AUD. Dr. Farren explains that mild depression is magnified by alcohol and that research proves that mood levels can significantly improve even after a break from alcohol of just 10 days. Dr. Farren talks about two of his recent publications and a treatment programme that he developed. He stresses that when alcohol misuse is involved both the alcohol dependency and depression must be treated.
Aware lectures are provided free of charge and all are welcome to attend. Lectures take place the second Wednesday of every month at the Lecture Theatre, Swift Centre, St. Patrick’s Hospital, James’s St., Dublin 8.
Lectures start at 7.30pm however we advise that you arrive 15 minutes early to ensure you are seated comfortably. Paid parking is available in the St. Patrick’s Hospital car park (entrance via Steeven’s Lane); alternatively, take the Luas (red line) to Heuston Station and walk (map to St. Patrick’s Hospital).