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Ramstedt, Mats and Hope, Ann (2004) The Irish drinking culture: drinking and drinking-related harm, a European comparison.

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This paper examines the Irish drinking habits and to what extent drinking is associated with experiences of adverse consequences in the year 2002. The analysis is based on a survey containing similar questions that was used in a recent European comparative survey involving Finland, Sweden, Germany, UK, France and Italy, known as the ECAS countries (Leifman,2002; Ramstedt, 2002). This provides a unique opportunity to examine the Irish results in a comparative framework. Furthermore, several aggregate level studies have revealed that a higher overall level of drinking in Ireland is associated with higher alcohol-related mortality,e.g., deaths from liver cirrhosis (Ramstedt, 2001), accidents (Skog, 2001) and homicide (Rossow, 2001). However, no previous study has examined to what extent higher alcohol consumption at the individual level affects the likelihood of suffering from adverse health, social and psychological consequences of drinking in Ireland.


Date:2004
Call No:AD12.16.4.2, VH4.2
Pages:10 p.
Keywords:AOD culture, binge drinking, cultural patterns of drinking, drinking behavior, heavy drinking, Ireland
Notes:Paper published on Department of Health and Children Health Promotion Unit Web Site
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Accession Number:HRB 2528 (Available)
Subjects:R Research > Type of research study > Research involving two or more groups > Cross-cultural study
A Drugs and alcohol use, abuse, and dependence > Prevalence of drugs and alcohol use > Drugs and alcohol use behaviour > Alcohol consumption > Binge drinking
VA Geographic area > Europe
A Drugs and alcohol use, abuse, and dependence > Drugs and alcohol effects and consequences

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