Health Research Board (HRB) Overview Series 10: This newly compiled data from the hospital in-patient reporting system confirms the huge impact of alcohol consumption on our health system. This detailed HRB report examines national findings on the patterns and effects of alcohol consumption and how it is impacting us as individuals and as a society.
A new report from the Road Safety Authority (RSA) has revealed that between 2008 and 2012, alcohol was a contributory factor in 38% of all fatal collisions. The report, the third and largest in a series of landmark reports analysed An Garda Síochána Forensic Fatal Collision Investigation files in order to identify the main contributory factors in collisions.
Minister for Health Leo Varadkar published far-reaching legislation to tackle Ireland’s ongoing problem with alcohol misuse and reduce consumption. The Public Health (Alcohol) Bill treats this as a public health issue for the first time and aims to reduce the damage that alcohol causes to individuals and to society. Its goal is to reduce average annual alcohol consumption in Ireland from 11 to 9.1 litres per person by 2020.