Children may hold the answer to our alcohol problem

With conventional campaigns failing to reduce our consumption, we might have to rely on something similar to the climate movement

18th October, 2019
Under minimum pricing, an own-brand bottle of vodka would rise from about €7 to over €20 and cheap wine is likely to rise by €1 to €2 per bottle.

Deep research into Ireland’s health is rare enough. That makes the figures emerging from the Health Research Board linking deaths in home fires with the consumption of alcohol both frightening and revelatory. The data shows 106 deaths in house fires over 2014 to 2016. Just over half of the victims were found to have had alcohol in their blood, and many were well over the legal driving limit.

Medics, researchers and policy-makers often talk about the...

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