The Cork & Kerry Alcohol strategy was launched in June 2016.
On average, Europeans are the highest consumers of alcohol in the world. The Irish are among the highest consumers of alcohol in Europe. We consume on average 11.9 litres of pure alcohol per capita per annum. In a recent study on the consumption of alcohol in Ireland in 2013, 63.9% of males and 51.4% of females begin their relationship with alcohol before the age of 18. Our binge drinking patterns are also among the highest in Europe with 20.1% partaking in the practice once a week.
Alcohol is responsible for 88 deaths every month in Ireland. That’s over 1,000 deaths per year. One in four deaths of young men aged 15-39 in Ireland is due to alcohol. Alcohol is a factor in half of all suicides in Ireland. Alcohol is also involved in over a third of cases of deliberate self-harm, peaking around weekends and public holidays. Liver disease rates are increasing rapidly in Ireland and the greatest level of increase is among 15-to-34-year-olds, who historically had the lowest rates of liver disease. 900 people in Ireland are diagnosed with alcohol-related cancers and around 500 people die from these diseases every year.
The Public Health (Alcohol) Bill outlines some positive steps to tackle the issue for the first time in a meaningful way. It might be the first step in introducing minimum unit pricing which we, as an Alcohol Strategy Group for Cork and Kerry, will fully support. But Ireland needs to go further and strengthen her resolve to tackle the availability and marketing of alcohol in a meaningful way too.
Motivating the communities in Cork & Kerry to stop the damage caused by Alcohol.
Building capacity in local communities through an advocacy, research & evidence based approach to change our relationship with Alcohol.