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Monday 30 January 2023 Dublin: 8°C

# Drink

This month
January 2023
# Mental Health
Jesse Lingard drank to ‘take pain away’ during last days at Man United
The England international made over 230 senior appearances for the Red Devils.
Last year
2022
# problems
‘I was literally trying to get through the next hour without having a drink’
Ex-Ireland international Keith Treacy on how various addictions severely impacted his football career and caused him to seek help.
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.
# Alcohol
People in Ireland drink, on average, the equivalent of 40 bottles of vodka a year
Every person in Ireland aged 15 and over drinks, on average, 10.8 litres of pure alcohol each year, according to new figures.
# New Law
You won't be able to use supermarket loyalty points to get discounts on alcohol from today
The enactment of another provision from the Public Health Alcohol Bill 2018 follows the introduction of the so-called “booze curtain” in November.
# price survey
Pricing survey finds weekly alcohol limit can be reached for under €8
Alcohol Action Ireland has called on the government to introduce minimum unit pricing.
# Study
Many Irish people 'may be in denial' about the amount of alcohol they drink
Only a third of regular binge drinkers in Ireland recognise their drinking as harmful.
# book
'In truth, he was an extremely high-functioning alcoholic'
An extract from the award-winning book, ‘The Lost Soul of Eamonn Magee’.
# crackdown
No more loyalty points on alcohol: Raft of changes to drink laws to take effect in January 2021
Health Minister Simon Harris said that alcohol should not be the subject of promotional activity.
# Drinking
'There is no certain amount that is too much alcohol - it's what it does to the person'
Christmas is a particularly difficult time for people who have a negative relationship with alcohol.
# alcohol action
New regulations to stop alcohol being advertised around children take effect from today
Ireland has the third highest levels of adolescent binge drinking in the world.
# Your Say
Poll: Should the Government reduce the tax on alcohol in light of Brexit?
The drinks industry has called on the Government to reduce excise duties on alcohol.
# Survey
It costs less than €8 to reach the recommended weekly limit of alcohol in Ireland
That’s according to a survey conducted by Alcohol Action Ireland.
# Your Say
Poll: Do you support minimum price rules for alcohol in Ireland?
Similar rules in Scotland have seen the sales of alcohol drop dramatically in the past year.
# drink responsibly
Irish people are drinking more spirits - but beer is still our most popular drink
Wine consumption decreased last year, but still represents around a quarter of all alcohol consumed.
# party season
These 3-ingredient cocktails make for the perfect Christmas tipple
You’ll stay for one.
Voices
Expert tips for parents who discover that their teenager drinks alcohol
Teenagers will always push the boundaries, here is what you should do if you find out your teen is drinking over the holiday period, writes Dr Gerry McCarney.
Voices
The Irish For... it's fun to drink uisce beatha in a síbín - but watch out for the poison drop
If the Irish phrase for a hangover doesn’t put you off drink nothing will – ‘braon nimhe sa ceann’ means ‘a poison drop to the head’, writes Darach Ó Séaghdha.
# Guinness
Here are the problems the 'all-island' drinks industry could face because of Brexit
Guinness is made by the Liffey, packaged in Belfast, and shipped from Dublin port – WTO tariffs could complicate that process.
# Alcohol
Irish teenagers are drinking less often than almost all their European peers
The figures relate to weekly drinking among 15-year-olds.
# Slainte
Alcohol is linked to 2.8 million deaths worldwide each year
The study’s authors said that there is no safe level of alcohol as benefits are outweighed other effects of drinking.
# Survey
'Fatal' level of alcohol can be bought in Ireland for €10
Alcohol Action Ireland has said that the price of alcohol in Ireland “demonstrates the remarkable affordability of alcohol to everyday shoppers”.
# Paris
Ryanair calls for drink limit at airports after Dublin-Ibiza flight diverted due to 3 'disruptive' passengers
A Ryanair spokesperson said that three passengers became “disruptive” during the flight.
# cutting back
Health study says Ireland's weekly drinking limit should be 5 pints, not 8.5
Consuming more than 10 standard drinks a week can increase the risk of heart disease.
# long good friday
'It was only a matter of time': Publicans, staff and customers speak about the alcohol ban lift on Good Friday
It’s the first time since pubs have been open to sell alcohol on Good Friday for 90 years.
# long good friday
Good Friday: There'll be winners and losers as pubs open for the first time since 1927
“I definitely feel that there’s going to be a vibe like in the run up to Christmas,” one publican told us.
# MIT checkpoints
Garda checkpoints for drink and drugs to be set up nationwide over Easter weekend
59 people have been killed or seriously injured in Easter crashes since 2012.
# Drink
Parents giving their children alcohol doesn't lower the risks
Researchers say drinking during adolescence is particularly concerning
# Black gold
These were the top 5 most popular drinks in the Dáil bar this year
Figures released to TheJournal.ie show that sales of Guinness raked in over €30,000 between the beginning of the year and 30 November.
# toast to the taoiseach
The busiest day in the Dáil bar was the day Leo became Taoiseach
Three of the top five busiest days for the Dáil bar were linked to the Fine Gael leadership challenge.
# Going Strong
At 100 years old, this French woman drinks, dances, and has run the same bar for half a century
Marie-Louise Wirth wouldn’t dream of giving up her bar in northern France.
# court decision
Scotland to be the first country to introduce minimum alcohol pricing
The ruling could have an impact on Ireland’s drinks regulations proposed in the Alcohol Bill.
# booze
Costs for local shops and the Guinness Christmas ad... just two stumbling blocks facing alcohol bill
The bill seeks to restrict the sale and advertising of alcohol across the country.
# shane ross interview
'Danny Healy Rae's drink-driving comments are callous, I won't accommodate his fantasies'
Shane Ross on the rural-urban divide that has opened up on the drink-driving debate.
# Survey
Less than 5% of Irish people know what their weekly alcohol limit is
But over two-thirds of people said they were more aware of the harmful effects alcohol can have.
# Bottoms Up
The late-night flight that inspired a chef to make the first Irish coffee
Plane-weary passengers inspired a Tyrone chef to invent an Irish coffee almost 75 years ago.
# Patrick Guilbaud
Ireland's only two star Michelin restaurant served up record profits last year
Profits at Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud topped €770,000.
Voices
Shane Ross: 'If you could save one person's life, would you?'
The fact that my Bill will save lives is not a truth some vested interests want to hear, writes Transport Minister Shane Ross.
# close eye
These are the price differences in alcohol and cigarettes across the border that Noonan is monitoring
The Finance Minister says he’s monitoring price levels to try and prevent differences that would would see consumers crossing the border to shop.
# lunch crunch
Poll: Will you take an alcoholic drink today?
Your daily bite-sized ballot break.