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Alcohol Action Ireland. [Alcohol Action Ireland] Ireland’s per capita alcohol consumption increased in 2016. (24 Feb 2017)

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Alcohol consumption in Ireland increased during 2016, according to provisional figures released by the Revenue Commissioners.

The figures show that per capita alcohol consumption was 11.46 litres of pure alcohol per person aged 15+ in 2016, an increase of 4.8% from 2015, when it was 10.93 litres. There were increases recorded in all categories of alcohol: spirits (+8.9%), cider (+8.5%), wine (+6.2%), and beer (+3.7%).

Alcohol Action Ireland is calling on the Government to implement the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill without further delay.

“These figures reflect the fact that we continue to consume high levels of alcohol in Ireland and, as a result, we continue to experience unacceptably high levels of alcohol harm,” said Conor Cullen, Head of Communications and Advocacy with Alcohol Action Ireland.

“International evidence reflects that the higher the average level of alcohol consumption in the population, the higher the levels of alcohol harm will be in that country. In Ireland, the harmful effect of our high level of consumption is worsened by our unhealthy drinking patterns, particularly the prevalence of heavy episodic drinking.

“This harmful drinking has a huge impact on our nation’s physical and mental health, causing the loss of three lives due to alcohol every day, while the damage extends far beyond those individuals doing the harmful drinking and is contributing to serious problems in many areas of life in Ireland, including child welfare, road safety, and crime. It is also placing an unsustainable burden on our health service, due to large number of serious alcohol-related illnesses and injuries.

“Reducing alcohol consumption is the key reducing alcohol harm throughout society and we have an opportunity to begin to tackle our harmful relationship with alcohol through the implementation of the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill. It is beyond time that the Government acted to prioritise the health and wellbeing of its citizens over the objections of vested interests.”
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Alcohol consumption in Ireland increased during 2016, according to provisional figures released by the Revenue Commissioners.

The figures show that per capita alcohol consumption was 11.46 litres of pure alcohol per person aged 15+ in 2016, an increase of 4.8% from 2015, when it was 10.93 litres. There were increases recorded in all categories of alcohol: spirits (+8.9%), cider (+8.5%), wine (+6.2%), and beer (+3.7%).

Alcohol Action Ireland is calling on the Government to implement the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill without further delay.

“These figures reflect the fact that we continue to consume high levels of alcohol in Ireland and, as a result, we continue to experience unacceptably high levels of alcohol harm,” said Conor Cullen, Head of Communications and Advocacy with Alcohol Action Ireland.

“International evidence reflects that the higher the average level of alcohol consumption in the population, the higher the levels of alcohol harm will be in that country. In Ireland, the harmful effect of our high level of consumption is worsened by our unhealthy drinking patterns, particularly the prevalence of heavy episodic drinking.

“This harmful drinking has a huge impact on our nation’s physical and mental health, causing the loss of three lives due to alcohol every day, while the damage extends far beyond those individuals doing the harmful drinking and is contributing to serious problems in many areas of life in Ireland, including child welfare, road safety, and crime. It is also placing an unsustainable burden on our health service, due to large number of serious alcohol-related illnesses and injuries.

“Reducing alcohol consumption is the key reducing alcohol harm throughout society and we have an opportunity to begin to tackle our harmful relationship with alcohol through the implementation of the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill. It is beyond time that the Government acted to prioritise the health and wellbeing of its citizens over the objections of vested interests.”

- See more at: http://alcoholireland.ie/home_news/irelands-per-capita-alcohol-consumption-increased-in-2016/#sthash.okz62X0x.dpuf
Item Type:News
Source:Alcohol Action Ireland
Date:24 February 2017
Corporate Creators:Alcohol Action Ireland
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Subjects:A Substance use, abuse, and dependence > Prevalence > Substance use behaviour > Alcohol consumption
B Substances > Alcohol
VA Geographic area > Europe > Ireland

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