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Hope, Ann and Butler, Shane (2010) Changes in consumption and harms, yet little policy progress. Trends in alcohol consumption, harms and policy: Ireland 1990 – 2010. Nordic Studies on Alcohol and Drugs , 5 , pp. 479-496.

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This paper reports on trends in alcohol consumption and related problems in the Republic of Ireland during the years 1990–2010, and on alcohol policy developments over this same period. Prior to the collapse of the Irish economy in late-2008, Ireland had enjoyed almost fifteen years of unprecedented economic growth, with commensurate increases in levels of personal disposable income. As predicted by economists, economic growth was accompanied by substantial increases in levels of alcohol consumption, with corresponding increases in all the main indicators of alcohol-related problems. Although numerous policy reports from the health sector advocated alcohol control strategies, due to the generally neoliberal ethos of this era and active lobbying from the drinks industry, little or no implementation of such strategies occurred. Reflecting the current economic down-turn, levels of alcohol consumption have now stabilized. It is concluded, however, that implementation of comprehensive, top-down, alcohol strategies remains unlikely, and that bottom-up, community mobilization offers the best prospect for change in this sphere.

 

Item Type:Article
Date:2010
Page Range:pp. 479-496
Volume:5
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Accession Number:HRB (Not in collection)
Subjects:A Substance use, abuse, and dependence > Prevalence > Problem substance use
VA Geographic area > Europe > Ireland
A Substance use, abuse, and dependence > Prevalence > Substance use behaviour > Alcohol consumption
MP-MR Policy, planning, economics, work and social services > Policy > Policy on substance use

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