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[thejournal.ie] Irish people are drinking 700 times more than we should. (29 May 2013)

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IRISH PEOPLE ARE are at a high risk of cancer as a result of the amount we drink – with the most recent figures available showing the average drinker aged over 15 consumes over 11 litres of pure alcohol every year.

That’s 700 times the recommended exposure level set by the EU Food Safety Authority to prevent cancer from food and drinks, according to a substance use expert in Dublin for a conference to mark European Week Against Cancer.

Addressing the conference at the Aviva Stadium, Professor Peter Anderson of Newcastle University backed calls for stricter rules on alcohol advertising and sponsorship here.

“The guidelines for alcohol consumption are not strong enough, particularly when considering it is a carcinogenic,” the professor said.


Item Type:News
Date:29 May 2013
Subjects:J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Care by type of problem
VA Geographic area > Europe > Ireland
G Health and disease > Public health
A Substance use, abuse, and dependence > Prevalence > Substance use behaviour > Alcohol consumption

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