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O’Cinneide Cullen, C and Mannix McNamara, Patricia (2014) An exploration into the prevalence of alcohol use and the values, beliefs and needs of adolescents who engage in regular alcohol use within the Limerick and North Tipperary regions. NIHS Research Bulletin , 7 , (1) , 40 p..

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Ireland has one of the highest levels of alcohol consumption in the EU, with the average person reported as having consumed 6.7 units of pure alcohol during the last day of alcohol consumption (European School Survey Project on Alcohol and Other Drugs, 2011). Alcohol misuse is becoming increasingly prevalent in our society among our younger population and frequent heavy episodic drinking has become synonymous with our culture. Figures from the Health Research Board (HRB) show that the death rate in Ireland resulting from alcohol abuse has trebled between 1995 and 2009. Alcohol related accidents and illnesses account for 2.5 million deaths worldwide each year, and, in Ireland, children as young as ten years of age every year require medical attention in hospital after experimenting with and abusing alcohol and drugs.

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