Newly compiled data from the hospital in-patient reporting system confirms impact of alcohol consumption on health system. A new report from the Health Research Board (HRB), Alcohol in Ireland: consumption, harm, cost and policy response, was launched today. The report revealed the costs associated with alcohol misuse in Ireland.
Some of the key findings:
The report also highlighted the high levels of alcohol consumed in Ireland stating that in 2014 Irish people drank on average 11 litres of pure alcohol. This is 21% higher than the Department of Health’s target of 9.1 litres of pure alcohol, with the aim of this being achieved by 2020. A 2013 HRB study revealed that more than 50% of Irish drinkers consume alcohol in a harmful manner – too much alcohol in one sitting and more than the recommended number of standard drinks in a week.
Drinkaware works collaboratively to reduce the misuse of alcohol in Ireland. If you decide to drink alcohol, it is important to stick to the HSE low-risk alcohol guidelines:
Common examples of one standard drink are a half-pint of beer, small glass of wine (100ml) or a pub measure of spirits (35.5ml).
Through our parents’ campaign we aim to support parents to have informed and timely conversations about alcohol with their children. Visit our Parent Page for more information on alcohol and young people and advice on how to start this important conversation.