Alcohol, Public Order and Crime

  • Between 1998 and 2003, physical assaults increased by 71% (excludes domestic violence and sexual assault)
  • In 2006, 37,100 adults were physically assaulted, resulting in 15,600 being injured
  • Just over half (53%) of those assaults were reported to the Gardai
  • Between 1998 and 2006, the number of assaults, which occurred near the victim’s home almost doubled (from 4.9% to 9.1%)
  • Four out of ten (41.5%) women say they would feel unsafe or very unsafe walking alone in their neighbourhood, compared to approximately one in ten men (10.9%)
  • One in ten women say they would feel unsafe or very unsafe in their homes after dark. The figure is one in 40 for men
  • Almost half (46%) of the perpetrators of homicide were intoxicated at the time of the crime
  • In one quarter of severe domestic abuse cases, alcohol was always involved
  • More than one quarter (28%) of all injury attendances at Accident and Emergency Departments were alcohol-related, according to a national study of 2,500 patients
  • Almost two-thirds (64%) of those who attended A&E with an alcohol-related injury said that the injury/accident would not have happened if they had not been drinking
  • Those with an alcohol-related injury were more likely to be seen between Friday and Monday and between midnight and 6am. They were also more likely to be male

Key Sources: Hope, A. (2008) Alcohol-related harm in Ireland. Health Service Executive – Alcohol Implementation Group,   Central Statistics Office (2007) Crime and Victimisation; Quarterly National Household Survey, Hope A et al (2005) Alcohol and Related Injuries in the Accident and Emergency Department – A National Perspective. Dublin: Department of Health and Children.