According to provisional figures released by the Revenue Commissioners – alcohol consumption in Ireland rose by 4.8% in 2016.
The figures show that per capita alcohol consumption was 11.46 litres of pure alcohol per person aged 15+ in 2016 up from 10.93 litres in 2015.
There were increases recorded in all categories of alcohol: spirits + 8.9% , cider +8.5%, wine +6.2%, and beer +3.7%
These figures highlight the fact we are increasingly consuming unacceptably high levels of alcohol in Ireland. Indisputably, this is having a very harmful impact on our nation’s physical and mental health – causing a huge burden on our health service. Moreover, it is also having a severely negative effect on child welfare, road safety, and crime.
Reducing alcohol consumption is the key to reducing alcohol harm throughout society – we must not hesitate to tackle our harmful relationship with alcohol through the implementation of the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill.
As such I am now calling on the Government to expedite the implementation the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill without further delay.