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Home > Alcohol survey 2015. A study of pattern and trend of alcohol use within Canal Communities Drug & Alcohol Task Force areas (Bluebell, Inchicore and Rialto).

Okakpu, Emeka and McDonnell, Sean (2015) Alcohol survey 2015. A study of pattern and trend of alcohol use within Canal Communities Drug & Alcohol Task Force areas (Bluebell, Inchicore and Rialto). Dublin: Canal Communities Local Drugs and Alcohol Task Force.

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The results of this research are concerning. Alcohol is clearly having detrimental effects both at the level of the individual and the local community. While much of the information reinforces the information gathered in national studies, it also gives more specific insights into the alcohol consumption patterns in the Canal Communities. As a Task Force we were particularly struck that 87.4% of adult drinkers were classified as harmful compared to 54.3% national figures.

The current research is an initial step and – as with all good research – raises as many questions as it answers. It marks the baseline against which the Task Force’s work in this new area will be measured. It will allow us to measure whether the services that we put in place to respond to the issues raised result in successful outcomes. It will also be an input into our annual and strategic planning.

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