The World Health Organisation has released a “reality check” about how the Irish are getting along, given the National pastime is drinking…
“This [report] puts Ireland just behind Austria with 40.5% at the top of the 194 countries studied and well ahead of our neighbours in Britain at 28%. The Public Health (Alcohol) Bill would “replace the existing systems of alcohol industry self-regulation, which have proven to be wholly ineffective with regard to public health”
Alcohol Action Ireland chief executive Suzanne Costello, May 2014.
- Ireland has one of the highest death rates from alcohol in the world
- Ireland has the second highest rate of binge-drinking in the world (39%)
- Three Irish people are dying every day from alcohol-related ailments
- Over 2,000 are in hospital at any one time being treated for alcohol-related illnesses
- 50% of all drinkers admitted to heavy episodes of drinking in the previous month (compared to just 16% globally)
- The Irish have a very high percentage of liver cirrhosis
- The Irish have deaths from ailments that would normally not kill such as pneumonia, because the alcohol has wrecked the health of the patients
- Men are drinking close to 20 litres of pure alcohol annually
- One Irish man in every 16 over the age of 15 years is addicted to alcohol
10. Over 10% of men suffer from an ailment as a result of their use of alcohol
11. This is three times more than the number of women.
12. More than one third of the world’s population drinks alcohol, with the heaviest drinkers in Europe and Russia
13. The more affluent a society, the more alcohol tends to be consumed
Alcohol Action Ireland has called on the Government to implement the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill.
As reported by The Irish Examiner on Thursday, May 15, 2014.