Alcohol bill will 'change attitudes', say doctors

The Royal College of Physicians says the passage of the Public Health Alcohol Bill will help ease the frontline pressures on the health service.

It says there are three deaths per day due to alcohol abuse in Ireland and up to 1,500 beds are taken up in hospitals every night due to drinking.

Alcohol products will now include health warnings under the legislation and there will be restrictions on how drink companies sponsor sporting events.

Alcohol Health Alliance Ireland Chairman Professor Frank Murray believes attitudes will change due to the warnings.

"I think health warnings on alcohol will certainly help to change attitudes towards alcohol," said Prof Murray.

I think in Ireland we have a slightly reckless attitude towards it. We tend to overestimate the benefits and underestimate the risks. As a consequence we see so many people dying, ill in hospital and so many families damaged.

He added that the cost of 1,500 beds is "much bigger than the trolley crisis".

"If we didn't have alcohol contributing to ill health here in Ireland we wouldn't have a trolley crisis because the scale of the alcohol problem is so great.

"Alcohol occupies about 1,500 hospital beds a night as well as costing about €4bn per year to the exchequer."

Digital Desk

More on this topic

Lord Mayor: 'I won't apologise for reaching out to the people of Dublin, I'm delighted we ran out of beer'

Wine with Leslie Williams

Irish gin is growing in popularity – 4 great distilleries to visit

Beer before wine and you'll feel fine? No you won't says new study


More in this Section

Government are 'sleepwalking' into a chaotic disorderly Brexit, say Fianna Fáil

'Shocked, angered and dismayed': Dublin Mayor on amalgamation of Clondalkin Jigsaw

Cervical Check: Fianna Fáil say delayed Scally report is 'disappointing'

Backing Government during Brexit negotiations a no-brainer – Micheál Martin


Lifestyle

Wishlist: Vintage fashion and home-ware are back in style

Spring has sprung: Use the new season turn your garden into an environmentally sound patch

It makes cents to get savvy with household spending

Designer home: Turning a small house into a spacious family home

More From The Irish Examiner