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[Alcohol Action Ireland] Any amount of alcohol increases the risk of involvement in a fatal crash. (22 Jan 2013)

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Almost one in three crash deaths in Ireland is alcohol-related. Even in small amounts, alcohol impairs driving ability - any amount of alcohol increases the risk of involvement in a fatal crash,” said Conor Cullen, Communications Officer with Alcohol Action Ireland.

“We have made great progress in tackling drink driving in Ireland in recent years. Random breath testing at Garda checkpoints was introduced in 2006, while in June 2011 testing of drivers involved in collisions when there appears to be an injury was introduced and in October 2011 new lower drink drive limits were introduced.

“These measures have played a key role in the reduction of road deaths in Ireland from 279 in 2008 to 161 in 2012, a significant reduction of 42%. Road deaths have now fallen every year since random breath testing was brought in.

“Alcohol Action Ireland would like to see Increased, sustained and visible enforcement of mandatory alcohol testing checkpoints by Gardaí in order to reduce the number of deaths and injuries on roads. Greater enforcement will increase the risk of drivers being caught drink driving, shift attitudes and behaviour, and save lives.

“Those in rural areas who may be suffering from isolation will not benefit from putting their lives and the lives of the other members of their community at risk by drinking and driving. We need constructive solutions to help those people, such as greater investment in community resources, and socialising is an important part of this, but alcohol does not have to be.

“Also, it should be noted that the link between alcohol use and suicide has been well established and alcohol will exacerbate, not alleviate. any mental health difficulties that a person may be struggling with, such as depression or anxiety.”


Item Type:News
Source:Alcohol Action Ireland
Date:22 January 2013
Subjects:A Substance use, abuse, and dependence > Prevalence > Substance use behaviour > Alcohol consumption
A Substance use, abuse, and dependence > Substance related societal (social) problems > Alcohol / drinking and driving
F Concepts in psychology > Specific attitude and behaviour > self-destructive behaviour > suicidal behaviour / suicide
G Health and disease > Disorder by cause > Injury
MM-MO Crime and law > Transportation safety laws (driving) > Substance use driving laws
VA Geographic area > Europe > Ireland

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