Alcohol Forum Ireland

Organized by:
Alcohol Forum Ireland

Participating Organizations:

Loreto Foundation

Event(s) Summary

Number of Events Organized During Brain Awareness Week:




Type of Events Held:

  • Online/Virtual

Target Audiences:

  • Professionals
  • University students

Approximate Number of People Reached:


Details of Major Brain Awareness Week Events/Activities:

As part of Brain Awareness Week, we hosted an online webinar focusing on “Addressing Malnutrition in Alcohol-Use Disorders – with a special focus on Thiamine Deficiency and Wernickes Korsakoffs Syndrome”. The purpose of this event was raise the profile of preventative efforts in reducing risk for developing Wernickes Korsakoffs, a neuropsychiatric brain injury which can result from long-term alcohol dependence and co-morbid thiamine deficiency. 80% of people affected by alcohol dependence are affected by thiamine deficiency which represents an important precursor to Wernickes Korsakoffs. Over 1000 people registered for the event, with attendance from professionals in Ireland, the UK, the US, and Australia. We launched a new self-directed and practitioner-supported resource “Thiamine, Healthy Eating and You – You can reduce your risk of developing alcohol-related brain injury”.

Digital dissemination of this resource reached 1003 practitioners, shared by Irish Dietetic and Nutrition Institute, endorsed by national Health Service Executive and national healthy eating programme in Ireland.

Event Planning & Publicity

Publicity Methods Used:

  • Emails
  • Social Media

Which of These Publicity Methods Was The Most Successful?

Twitter - had a large number of re-tweets which allowed us to reach an audience beyond Ireland.


Which BAW graphic materials did you use in publicizing your events?

  • Brain Awareness Week Logos

Feedback & Keys to Success

How do you feel BAW participation benefited your organization and the local community?

Yes – it has raised the profile of harmful alcohol use being a barrier to brain health in our society and has helped practitioners understand the link between alcohol and brain health across the lifespan. It has also allowed practitioners to put more emphasis on the ‘brain injury’ in these conditions as opposed to just its cause.

Event Photos

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Thiamine, Healthy Eating and You – You can help reduce your risk of Alcohol-Related Brain Injury

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Dr Helen McMonagle – Alcohol-Related Brain Injury Rehabilitation Coordinator

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Elaine Neary – Specialist Dietician in Gastroenterology

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Wernickes-Korsakoffs Syndrome

Contact Information

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Contact Name:

Dr Helen McMonagle

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