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Alcohol Information & Statistics

                           Alcohol, suicide and mental health

  • Alcohol was a factor in 40% of all cases of self-harm in 2010
  • A recent study of suicide in one county found that over a third (36%) had consuemd alcohol at the time of death
  • Alcohol-related disorders were the third most common reason for admission to Irish psychiatric hospitals between 1996 and 2005
  • The link between alcohol and suicide has been well established – four times the number of men as women die by suicide

Alcohol and women

  •  Four out of ten Irish woman drinkers report harmful drinking patterns – they are drinking at a level damaging to their health
  • Since 1995, Irish teenage girls have been drinking as much and sometimes more than their male counterparts

Alcohol and Men

  • One in four deaths of young men aged 15-39 in Ireland is due to alcohol
  • Alcohol is the world’s leading risk factor for death among males aged 15-59, according to the World Health Organisation

How much does cheap alcohol cost you?

  • We as a country can no longer afford the current price of cheap alcohol – a woman can reach her low risk weekly drinking limit for €6.30 and a man for under a €10, the equivalent of around an hour’s work on minimum wage.
  • Meanwhile, alcohol-related harms cost each tax payer in Ireland an estimated €3,318 a year.
  • Each night, 2,000 hospital beds are occupied for alcohol-related reasons
  • Between 1996 and 2002, public order adult offences increased by 247%
  • In 2010, the average Irish person aged 15+ drank 11.9 litres of pure alcohol, according to provisional data. That’s the equivalent of about 44 bottles of vodka, 470 pints or 124 bottles of wine
  • Alcohol in Ireland is 50% more affordable than it was in 1996

For support or help please refer to www.drugs.ie or your local Addiction service or GP

Source: Alcohol Action Ireland

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