Daily Archives: 31/07/2015

Friday sober jukebox – Don’t dream it’s over

So as we pack up boxes and get ready to move this song was playing in my head ……. but the dream was of it being over (the move that is!)

There are so many memories we have in this house – 7 years we’ve been here.  We moved here from France having moved 4 times in 18 months before here.  Memories of dining and drinking with people who are now no longer with us – my Dad and my Nan.  Moving here with my daughter who was only 10 months old and now she’s coming up 8.  Memories of good drinking times and drinking fuelled rows.  Ups and downs and life – new jobs, leaving jobs, attaining degrees, training as teachers and public health nurses.  Volunteering, running, living.  And now we’re leaving it all behind once more.

Sifting through our possessions, including our CD collection, and I chanced across this one.  I LOVE this band and this tune – saw them live at Finsbury Park at the Fleadh Festival in 1994!! Drunk and sobbing and singing along to the song below as they were so good – and yes I found footage of it on the awesome Youtube 🙂

So dreaming it’s over and taking the weather with us 😉  My next Friday sober jukebox will be posted from the new house (if we’ve got the broadband working!) and the next chapter of our life adventure.  But in this new house there will be no drinking booze for either of us – a clean slate 🙂  We’ll drink some AF fizz to that 😀

Edited to add: jimsdad shared this with me and it’s so awesome I’m gonna share it as a bonus track tonight 😉

Alcohol-Related Risk of Suicide: A Meta-Analysis

The full title of this research meta-analysis was actually Alcohol-Related Risk of Suicidal Ideation, Suicide Attempt, and Completed Suicide: A Meta-Analysis and comes from the PLOS website.

Thanks to the alcohol industry for providing the perfect image via their own advertising …..

Absolute hangover .....



Several original studies have investigated the effect of alcohol use disorder (AUD) on suicidal thought and behavior, but there are serious discrepancies across the studies. Thus, a systematic assessment of the association between AUD and suicide is required.


We searched PubMed, Web of Science, and Scopus until February 2015. We also searched the Psycinfo web site and journals and contacted authors. We included observational (cohort, case-control, and cross-sectional) studies addressing the association between AUD and suicide. The exposure of interest was AUD. The primary outcomes were suicidal ideation, suicide attempt, and completed suicide. We assessed heterogeneity using Q-test and I2 statistic. We explored publication bias using the Egger’s and Begg’s tests and funnel plot. We meta-analyzed the data with the random-effects models. For each outcome we calculated the overall odds ratio (OR) or risk ratio (RR) with 95% confidence intervals (CI).


We included 31 out of 8548 retrieved studies, with 420,732 participants. There was a significant association between AUD and suicidal ideation (OR=1.86; 95% CI: 1.38, 2.35), suicide attempt (OR=3.13; 95% CI: 2.45, 3.81); and completed suicide (OR=2.59; 95% CI: 1.95, 3.23 and RR=1.74; 95% CI: 1.26, 2.21). There was a significant heterogeneity among the studies, but little concern to the presence of publication bias.


There is sufficient evidence that AUD significantly increases the risk of suicidal ideation, suicide attempt, and completed suicide. Therefore, AUD can be considered an important predictor of suicide and a great source of premature death.

Darvishi N, Farhadi M, Haghtalab T, Poorolajal J (2015) Alcohol-Related Risk of Suicidal Ideation, Suicide Attempt, and Completed Suicide: A Meta-Analysis. PLoS ONE 10(5): e0126870. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0126870

Presented without comment.

Edited to add 13th June 2016:

Alcohol stories: a lifecourse perspective on self-harm, suicide and alcohol use among men

Alcohol use is associated with increased risk of suicide, though the relationship is complex. Alcohol use is directly implicated in around half of all completed suicides; and those who are alcohol dependent are more likely than those without alcohol problems to take their own lives | Alcohol Research UK, UK