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# Alcohol Abuse

Last year
2022
# Health Research Board
Report finds one in three young drinkers in Ireland have an alcohol use disorder
The number of young people abstaining from alcohol has increased from 11% in 2002 to 26% in 2019.
All time
# Alcohol Abuse
Drop in people seeking help for alcohol problems 'partly due to Covid restrictions'
As many as 5,824 sought help for alcohol problems in 2020.
Voices
What can Irish cities learn from the response to drug use in New Orleans?
There is an increasing recognition by police services that drug use is not a policing matter, but requires a health led response, writes Tony Duffin
# recovery month
'I have seen the increase in cocaine and alcohol addiction with the return of money. It's frightening'
The Rutland Centre is seeing shifts in the people it treats, and is emphasising how anyone can recover from addiction on its 40th anniversary.
# crisis point
No public health policy has 'been designed with the homeless population specifically in mind'
A new study has shown increases in the number of homeless people dying from drug and/or alcohol abuse and on methadone.
# worrying trend
'It's a worrying trend': Judge concerned that age profile of drink drivers is getting younger
Judge Mary Devins said the average age of drink drivers used to be upwards of 60 years.
# Alcohol Abuse
Ireland has the worst rates in the world for drinking during pregnancy
A new study analysed the rates of drinking during pregnancy by linking them with a condition caused by alcohol consumption.
# please help
'Christmas should mean safety and happiness': Over 1,000 contacted Childline yesterday
Alcohol abuse was consistently mentioned by worried children who contacted the charity on Christmas Day.
# teenage drinking
Around one in every six Irish 15-year-olds have "exprienced drunkeness" at least twice
A report by the OECD found that 16% of Irish teens admitted to being drunk on two occasions.
Voices
'As a child of an alcoholic, I am damaged'
A reader talks about their experiences in the wake of the establishment of a government Group on Alcohol Harm
# Awkward
The OECD apologises for St Patrick's Day tweet about alcohol abuse
Ouch.
Voices
I love a drink but I don't want to end up like my dad: an alcoholic and alone
“Having struggled to deal with my father’s alcoholism my entire life, I wonder just how his ‘fondness for the drink’ has distorted my perception of alcohol.”
# can it
A bad hangover won't just hurt your head - it's damaging the country as well
A new US study has calculated the cost of binge drinking to the economy.
# pint of order
Bottles of wine look likely to be set at a minimum of €8, cans of beer at €2
It would be part of minimum-pricing laws to set a floor price on beer, wine and spirits.
# a few too many
Irish people describe in detail just how much they drink
The fear is real, and so is the hangover.
# global drug survey
Ireland has the highest percentage of people who need medical help after drinking too much
Brazil and the UK are not too far behind us.
# Cash Money Booze
The economic recovery means Irish people are drinking more
That’s according to health minister Leo Varadkar.
# Explainer
Wine for at least €10 a bottle? Here's what we know about new alcohol price laws so far...
The government wants to put a floor on prices to cut down on problem drinking.
# littlethings
Minding your mind by drinking less this Christmas
All over the festive season, TheJournal.ie is bringing you tried and tested ways to keep your mental health in fine fettle.
# Irish Prisons
Parole review shows drugs and alcohol a factor in majority of crimes
It was also found that child abuse was a factor in a significant number of cases
# Your Say
Poll: Should drunk patients be charged more for A&E visits?
The suggestion has been raised in Northern Ireland that charges should be introduced to deter abuse of the system.
# alcohol addiction
Addiction services costing State €114m this year
Treatment and intervention provided by a range of services, making it difficult to ascertain just how much the State spends on alcohol addiction, according to the HSE.
# binge drinking
Ireland's alcohol consumption in one handy infographic
Ever wondered where we drink and how much? Wonder no more.
# Abuse
Alcohol kills more than AIDS, tuberculosis and violence combined - WHO
This equates to one death every 10 seconds.
# Drink
The county with the most people seeking treatment for alcohol abuse? Waterford
A new study has found that an average of 8,000 people a year seek treatment for alcoholism in Ireland.
# harmful
Nine-year-old girl hospitalised in England after vodka-whiskey neknomination
The girl took alcohol from the cupboard at a friend’s house without their parents’ knowledge.
# problem drinking
How alcohol affects Ireland in 4 stark graphs
A major HSE report yesterday looked at the harm alcohol causes in Irish society – and it made for grim reading.
# Care order
Drug and alcohol abuse leading to care proceedings for children
The latest report on child care law shows that the Child & Family Agency failed in its applications for care orders in three cases.
# harmful
Alcohol Forum says alcohol is wreaking havoc on communities around Ireland
Alcohol’s harm to others will be discussed at Alcohol Awareness Week at the end of the month.
# joined up thinking
Cross-party TDs at least agree on one thing, the need to tackle alcohol abuse
The four main political parties were joined by Alcohol Action Ireland and Alastair Campbell to launch a new informal Oireachtas group on the issue.
Voices
Column: ‘NekNominations’ craze will soon pass – but our drinking culture won't
NekNominations are just the latest fad but we shouldn’t simply dismiss the problem or pass the buck to social media networks: Ireland’s attitude to binge drinking is dangerous and must change, writes Joe O’Connor.
# Alcohol Abuse
Neknomination ‘just one small aspect’ of Ireland’s harmful drinking culture
Alcohol Action Ireland said our attitude to alcohol provides the perfect culture for crazes like this to take hold, particularly among the younger generations.
# dangerous drinking
Young people warned away from 'very dangerous' Neknominations
A group has warned that people are drinking large quantities of alcohol as part of the drinking game.
# problems
Ian Thorpe’s management deny rehab reports
Australian media reported that the five-time Olympic gold medallist was suffering from depression.
# Concern
Alcohol abuse among over 50s has increased since the financial crisis
A new study from Trinity College Dublin also shows high levels of cardiovascular disease, arthritis and obesity.
# pilot project
How Amsterdam is paying alcoholics to work for beer
In a pilot project, the city is giving participants beer in exchange for light work collecting litter and eating a decent meal.
# christmas boozing
12 pubs of Christmas feeds into Ireland's problem with alcohol, says charity
Charity MEAS said the pub crawl exacerbates our cultural problem with alcohol and encourages binge drinking.
# james bombed
James Bond unable to stir drinks due to 'alcohol induced tremor'
A BMJ study has revealed that the spy consumed over four times the recommended weekly allowance of alcohol.
# Netherlands
Amsterdam pays alcoholics in beer to clean streets
Scheme targets anti-social behaviour of groups of alcoholics in main park – but is it successful?
# Alcohol Abuse
Government deal to implement minimum alcohol pricing welcomed
But the government has kicked plans to ban alcohol companies from sponsoring sport into the long grass.