On The Eve Of The Booziest Weekend Of The Year

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Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer at the Department of Health, told the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health he “just got the provisional figures from the CSO” which showed the average per capita consumption of pure alcohol increased from 11.9 litres in 2010 to 12 litres (11.97 litres) last year.

“That’s against the background of increased affordability of alcohol.”

Dr Holohan was addressing the committee as chairman of the Department’s steering group the National Substance Misuse Strategy, along with Minister of State for primary care, Róisín Shortall. The strategy aims to cut average alcohol consumption to 9.1 litres of alcohol per adult.

The Committee also heard about plans to end home deliveries of alcohol.

People, we have a problem.

Alcohol consumption increases (Irish Times)

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