Alcohol diseases grow 250% in the young due to our new relaxed attitudes to booze
“Chronic alcohol-related conditions, such as liver disease, are on the increase in Ireland, particularly among younger people…”
“The huge increases in the rate of young Irish people suffering and dying from chronic alcohol-related conditions are not surprising given our high levels and dangerous patterns of alcohol consumption”
Conor Cullen of Alcohol Action Ireland (AAI).
The Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (RCPI) has issued its first policy statement, Reducing Alcohol Health Harm in Ireland:
- Hospital discharge for alcohol liver disease amongst 15-34 year olds, jumped by almost 250% between 1995 and 2007
- Among 35-49 year olds, it increased by 224%
- The number of young and middle aged people with alcohol-related illness has DOUBLED since the late 1990s
- Between 2004 and 2008, alcohol caused almost twice as many deaths in Ireland as all other drugs combined
- Alcohol causes 5% of all new cancers in Ireland
- Alcohol causes 5% of all cancer deaths in Ireland
As reported on April 24, 2013 by www.irishhealth.com.