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Hough, Jennifer (2020) Women & alcohol. Dublin: Alcohol Action Ireland.

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Irish women are now drinking more, and more often, than previous generations.

  • According to data published in a global study, Irish women are near the top of the table worldwide for heavy drinking, ranking seventh. (Global Burden of Diseases study, 2018)
  • In 2016, there were 990 alcohol-related deaths among women in Ireland.
  • A separate study published in 2019 by the Lancet, found that Irish adolescent girls are among the highest binge drinkers in the world, ranking third.
  • These are all concerning trends given that women face increased risk of health-related harms from alcohol that men.

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