Overview of alcohol related harm

How much is too much?

Alcohol and Health

Three deaths every day in Ireland are due to alcohol

Alcohol and Cancer

500 Irish people die from alcohol-related cancers every year

How much do we drink?

In 2016 per capita alcohol consumption in Ireland was 11.46 litres of pure alcohol per person aged 15+

Children impacted by problem drinking

One in 11 children said their parents’ drinking had a negative effect on their lives.

Alcohol and Driving

Two in five fatal road traffic collisions in Ireland are alcohol-related.

Alcohol, suicide and mental health

Alcohol is a factor in more than half of completed suicides in Ireland

Spending and availability

CSO figures show €6.5 billion was spent on alcohol in Ireland in 2014

Alcohol and costs

Every night, 1,500 hospital beds are occupied for alcohol-related reasons

Alcohol, children and young people

Harmful drinking in Ireland is highest among the 18-24 year old age group.

Women and Alcohol

Since 1995, Irish teenage girls have been drinking as much and sometimes more than their male counterparts.

Men and alcohol

One in four deaths of young men aged 15-39 in Ireland is due to alcohol.

Alcohol and crime

Almost half of the perpetrators of homicide were intoxicated when the crime was committed

Alcohol and Pregnancy

A recently published study found that Ireland was the country with the highest rates of drinking, both before and during pregnancy,