Alcohol bill will 'change attitudes', say doctors

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

White Claw set to launch in Irish marketWhite Claw set to launch in Irish market

What did Prohibition ever do for us?What did Prohibition ever do for us?

Psychiatrist calls for minimum age for alcohol to be raised after rise in contacts to helplinePsychiatrist calls for minimum age for alcohol to be raised after rise in contacts to helpline

Irish people drinking less alcohol, figures showIrish people drinking less alcohol, figures show


More in this Section

Judge unimpressed as Cork man says theft was ‘one moment of stupidity’Judge unimpressed as Cork man says theft was ‘one moment of stupidity’

Man entered ex-girlfriend’s car, court toldMan entered ex-girlfriend’s car, court told

Cork Man accused of striking his father over the head with a crutchCork Man accused of striking his father over the head with a crutch

Gardaí issue renewed appeal for help with missing Dublin teenagerGardaí issue renewed appeal for help with missing Dublin teenager


Lifestyle

Simple storage solutions for the DIY rookie.8 simple steps to putting up a shelf

Yes, many of us have succumbed to the ‘Covid stone’ and may be trying to lose it but we all need a treat from time to time. Our recipes here incorporate tasty fruits like blueberries, apricots and almonds while Derval’s lime, chocolate and oat biscuits are a delicious and yet healthy sweet treat option.Food and Fun: Take some time out for treats

“Do you know what penguins smell like?” Landscape painter Nicholas Romeril asks, and then laughs at his own question.Nicholas Romeril: Antarctic ice-olation was the perfect training for lockdown

No. Such a small word, but a powerful one.Normal People recap: Bad sex and a sad funeral

More From The Irish Examiner