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Health Research Board. (2018) National Drug Treatment Reporting System 2010 to 2016 data – Alcohol Treatment. Dublin: Health Research Board.

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This is the updated bulletin from the National Drug Treatment Reporting System (NDTRS) on cases of treated problem alcohol use in Ireland from 2010 to 2016. In this seven-year period 53,763 cases were treated for alcohol as a main problem. The number of cases has plateaued in the last four years.

Key findings in 2016

Overview

  • Between 2010 and 2016 53,763 cases were treated for problem alcohol use, with 7,643 cases during 2016.
  • The number of cases reported decreased from a peak of 8876 in 2011 to 7819 in 2013, and have plateaued since then.
  • The proportion of cases of who were previously treated has risen slightly from 46% to 50%.
  • The annual rates of all cases treated per 100,000 of the population among the 15-64 year age group decreased in 2016.
  • One in five cases treated mixed alcohol with other drugs, cannabis is the most common additional drug.
  • Two thirds of cases are male.
  • Nearly four out of 10 cases were treated in residential facilities, similar to previous years.

Level of problem alcohol use

  • Median age to start drinking was 16 years.
  • The number of new cases who presented as hazardous drinkers** has decreased over time from 18% to 10%.
  • In 2016, almost two thirds (65%) of all cases were classified as alcohol dependent.
  • Three out of five (60%) new cases (those who have never been treated for problem alcohol use before) were classified as alcohol dependent.
  • Almost three-quarters (73%) of cases classified as alcohol dependent were unemployed.
  • Three in ten cases classified as alcohol dependent were aged 50 years or older.

 

Polydrug use in 2016

  • Almost one in five (17%) of those treated for problem alcohol use reported using other drugs in 2016, similar to previous years.
  • Cannabis (58%) was the most common additional drug used.
  • Cocaine (35%) was the second most common additional drug reported
  • Benzodiazepines (29%) were the third most common additional drug reported among cases treated for problem alcohol use.
  • The proportion of cases reporting benzodiazepines as an additional problem increased from 18% in 2010 to 29% in 2016.
  • The proportion of cases who reported a novel psychoactive substance (NPS) as an additional problem peaked at 7% in 2010. The proportion dropped to a low of 1% in 2014, but has risen slightly since then to 2% in 2016.
Item Type
Report
Publication Type
Irish-related, Report
Drug Type
Alcohol
Intervention Type
Treatment method
Date
August 2018
Pages
9 p.
Publisher
Health Research Board
Corporate Creators
Health Research Board
Place of Publication
Dublin
EndNote
Accession Number
HRB (Electronic Only)
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