The National Office for Suicide Prevention's Annual Report (2012)
The National Office for Suicide Prevention's (NOSP) Annual Report (2012) highlights alcohol and substance misuse as a major risk factor in self harm and suicide and says that NOSP will continue to "challenge permissive, harmful attitudes to alcohol abuse, help to reduce overall consumption rates and raise awareness of the association between alcohol and/or substance abuse and suicidal behaviour.".
Second Report of the Suicide Support and Information System
The Second Report of the Suicide Support and Information System identified alcohol and drug abuse as a major risk factor for suicide across the identified subgroups and made a number of recommendations to reflect this. The report fouind that the presence of alcohol and/or drug abuse was known for 173 cases, which was confirmed for 60.7%. Among these, 48.6% had abused alcohol, 21% had abused drugs and 27.6% had abused both alcohol and drugs.
The National Registry of Deliberate Self Harm 2012
The National Registry of Deliberate Self Harm in Ireland's annual report for 2012 from the National Suicide Research Foundation found that Alcohol was involved in 38% of all cases. While overall alcohol involvement decreased slightly from 2011, alcohol was significantly more often involved in male episodes of self-harm than female episodes (42% versus 36%, respectively). Alcohol may be one of the factors underlying the pattern of presentations with deliberate self-harm by time of day and day of week. Presentations peaked in the hours around midnight and almost one-third of all presentations occurred on Sundays and Mondays. In addition, the Registry identified an increased number of self-harm presentations to hospital associated with some public holidays.
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Is Drinking Affecting Your Family?
Information about alcohol harm within families and advice on identifying alcohol as a problem is available in Alcohol Action Ireland’s leaflet, Is Drinking Affecting Your Family?
Alcohol and Getting Older: Ageing Well
Information about alcohol and getting older is available in Alcohol Action Ireland’s leaflet, Alcohol and Getting Older: Ageing Well?
A Family Affair? Supporting children living with parental substance misuse.
The key findings and proceedings of the first national conference in Ireland addressing the impact of parental substance misuse on children are summarised in the conference report, A Family Affair? Supporting children living with parental substance misuse.
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