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Monday 30 January 2023 Dublin: 5°C

# Alcohol

All time
# Castlebar
Mayo pensioner, found asleep in car with dog while engine was running, was six times over legal limit
72-year-old Michael Costello has been banned from driving for three years. He claimed to have pulled in after becoming “overcome with sadness”.
# Drive safely
Free coffee and drug warnings as motorists advised to take care this May bank holiday
There were no deaths on the roads during the Easter weekend, and authorities are calling for the same this time around.
# warning
Doctor: People end up in foster care and jail because of drinking during pregnancy
Some 40,000 people are living with foetal alcohol syndrome in Ireland.
# IMO
Should drink drivers get an automatic ban? Doctors will be debating that today
The Irish Medical Organisation’s AGM is happening in Galway.
# drink driving
FactFind: Have people been killed in road crashes where drivers were just over the limit?
Danny Healy-Rae claimed that people drinking three glasses of Guinness have never caused a fatality.
# drink driving
Woman in Kerry crash with drunk driver criticises Healy-Rae's 'three Guinness' claims
Eimear was injured in the incident, receiving a number of broken bones.
# bottle of vodka
Pilot in Canada jailed for showing up to work drunk and passing out in cockpit
Miroslav Gronych was three times the legal limit when due to fly a plane to Mexico.
# hidden naggin
Underage teens are getting drunk by sucking on vodka-laced oranges, claims TD
Deputy Anne Rabbitte says she’s seen it happen outside teenage discos.
# Your Say
Poll: Do you pre-drink before you go for a night out?
A new study claims 85% of Irish people pre-drink before they go out to the pub or club.
# Alcohol
Ireland tops the list internationally as 85% of people here pre-drink
A new study looked at how a number of factors influenced pre-drinking.
# Your Say
Poll: Would you buy cigarettes or alcohol on the black market?
Black market goods can represent a huge loss to the Exchequer.
# clamp down
Revenue seizes over 600 litres of alcohol at Dublin Port
They made the seizure a couple of days before St Patrick’s Day celebrations kick off.
# National Holiday
'We can celebrate without getting drunk': Pioneers release St Patrick's Day message
Ireland’s national holiday is often synonymous with drinking.
# fake booze
Fake alcohol warning issued after man becomes seriously ill from drinking methanol
He thought he was drinking vodka.
# food and drink
'What happens when your father, the founder and managing director of the company, dies?'
As part of our How My Business Works series, we profile Westmeath-based firm Wines Direct.
# binge drinking
Most Irish people think drinking to excess is part of our culture
However, many are now beginning to see the health implications of alcohol misuse.
# strong stuff
Vodka recall in Canada after bottles found to be twice the strength with 81% alcohol
There have been “no reported illnesses” linked to drinking the tainted vodka.
# drinking kills
Could your bottle of beer soon carry scary, cigarette-style warning labels?
The Health Minister will get the power to set the size of warnings on alcohol products.
# counting the cost
12 cans of Heineken for €20? This is how minimum pricing could affect your pocket
Each unit of alcohol will be required to cost €1 under the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill.
# far reaching
The behind-the-scenes machinations shaping the government’s new alcohol laws
The Public Health (Alcohol) Bill aims to impose restrictions on alcohol advertising in Ireland.
# take a sup
Guinness-maker Diageo is building a Dublin distillery to create a 'luxury whiskey'
The drinks giant will release its own Irish blend this March.
# Cabra
Gardaí stop driver five times over legal alcohol limit
The person also had no motor tax or NCT.
Voices
Debate: We need to tell pregnant women not to drink alcohol
Although it’s accepted that binge-drinking poses significant risks to a foetus, health professionals and the public are divided on the effects of an occasional drink after 12 weeks.
# 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.
# naltrexone
Fighting fire with fire: The drug that can block addiction
“It’s rare not to have a traumatic experience when you’re dependant on a substance.”
# Alcohol
Poll: Do you think the drink-driving limit should be reduced?
A proposed plan would see one small alcoholic drink place a driver over the limit.
# Road Safety
Most people want drink drivers to be publicly named and shamed
Meanwhile, just over half of people want drink driving alcohol limits to remain unchanged.
# Road Deaths
Shane Ross considering 'naming and shaming' drink drivers like tax defaulters
Meanwhile, a Fine Gael MEP has called for breathalysers to be installed in the cars of repeat offenders.
# Your Say
Poll: Are you having a dry January?
Many people view the new year as the right time to start a health kick.
# excise
Harris pushed for €1 increase on cigarettes and 75c on wine
There was a 50 cent increase on cigarettes in Budget 2017 but none of Harris’ recommendations on alcohol were included.
# Alcohol
Gardaí arrest 500 motorists for drink driving in just three weeks - and 40 in two days
The figure is an increase of over a third (34%) on the number for this time last year.
# Decoding Cancer
500 people die of alcohol-related cancer in Ireland every year
10% of all cancers in men and 3% in women are caused by alcohol.
# homeless in the west
Beating homelessness: 'I look at photos of my grandchildren to keep me sober'
High rents, alcoholism and illness – there are so many roads that lead to homelessness.
# Fatal Accident
Four men who launched boat on River Shannon had been drinking and taking drugs
One man died after the boat capsized.
# Alcoholism
'Have they no conscience?' Frances Black lets rip at pubs selling pints for €1
Pubs have been launching Black Friday Specials, selling pints and shots for “.99c”.
# health benefits
Report: Minimum unit price on alcohol would only affect 'heaviest drinkers'
Minimum pricing would have great health benefits, says the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.
# going out
8 new Southside Dublin pubs to try out in one classy pub crawl
We’ve got you sorted.
# Showdown
There's trouble between Fine Gael and the Independent Alliance again... this time it's over alcohol
Independent Alliance TDs say certain sections of the Public Health Alcohol Bill are akin to a “nanny state”.
# sexsomnia
Man who claims he had sex with friend while asleep is guilty if actions were caused by alcohol, jury told
The case of a man accused of raping his friend in 2008 has concluded at the Central Criminal Court.
# Limerick
Drunk driver arrested after cutting in front of patrol car while holding mobile phone
The car had no tax or insurance and gardaí found empty alcohol bottles and cans in it.