January, 2015

20 drunk drivers arrested daily over X-mas

An average of 20 people were arrested every single day over the Christmas period on suspicion of drunk driving, An Garda Siochana has said. From IrishHealth.com It has just released details of its 2014 Christmas road traffic enforcement campaign, which covered the period December 1,… Full Story»

January, 2015

Cheap drink can get pretty expensive

The thing about cheap drink, is that there tends to be drink involved. When you’re talking about cheap food, or cheap petrol, you’re usually talking about a finite quantity – you can only eat so much, there’s only so much fuel you can pump into… Full Story»

January, 2015

BT Young Scientist top award won by teen alcohol project

A group project by Cork students looking at teenage alcohol consumption has claimed top prize at the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition at the RDS. From The Irish Times The best individual prize went to a Co Louth student for her development of a… Full Story»

December, 2014

Varadkar seeks clause to ban alcohol sponsorship of sport

A clause allowing for the banning of alcohol sponsorship of sports is to be included next month in new legislation designed to limit the sale and misuse of drink. From The Irish Times However, the implementation of such a ban – which has faced vigorous… Full Story»

December, 2014

Minimum pricing for drink as Varadkar targets booze issue

An attempt to tackle alcohol abuse will be made next month after Health Minister Leo Varadkar confirmed the draft of a minimum pricing for alcohol bill is to be published. From Independent.ie It comes after a report in America this week outlined that under-age drinkers… Full Story»

December, 2014

Christmas pub crawls could end in tragedy

A leading Irish addiction counsellor has slammed any premises which allow customers to take part in the ’12 Pubs of Christmas’ bar crawl as “hugely reckless”. From Connacht Tribune Joe Treacy, an accredited counsellor with the Addiction Counsellors of Ireland, warned that people are dicing… Full Story»

December, 2014

Relationship that we need to redefine – Destructive drinking

Like an insecure, old-school politician who feels duty bound to be seen at nearly every funeral in their constituency, alcohol is a pallbearer at almost every tragedy, every premature or accidental loss of life, in this society. From the Irish Examiner Alcohol is the primary… Full Story»

December, 2014

Legal drugs cause 75% of poisoning deaths

Legal drugs, including prescription medication and alcohol, account for three out of four of all deaths directly due to the effects of drugs. From the Irish Examiner Tranquillisers known as benzodiazepines, methadone and anti-depressant medication, along with alcohol, accounted for 262 of the 350 deaths… Full Story»

December, 2014

Demon drink: greatest public health issue of our age

Working on the front line in an addiction rehabilitation centre means that I see, first hand, the harm that substance addiction can have on individuals, families and the wider community. However, substance addiction and the problems that accompany it are not confined to the kind… Full Story»