Tonight at 10.15pm on RTÉ 1 Des Bishop will look at the issue of alcohol abuse and addiction in a documentary called 'Under the Influence':
TV Listings, Radio Listings, 7 day Listings, Satellite & TV Guide, Irish, Radio Guide, Television Guide - RTÉ TenThe comedian explores Ireland's relationship with alcohol and other addictive commodities, revealing how he has been tee-total since the age of 19. He asks if the general public are in denial about the issue, if there is such a thing as an addictive personality and investigates what part society plays in encouraging excessive behaviour.
Meanwhile, a study released today by Canadian researchers found that a 10% increase in the price of alcohol led to a 32% reduction in wholly alcohol attributable deaths. The study also found that an increase in the number of private liquor stores (what we call "off licences") was associated with a 2% increase in alcohol-related deaths:
Sharp drop in drink deaths follows alcohol price rise | Reuters...the major finding was that increased minimum alcohol prices were associated with immediate, substantial and significant reductions in wholly alcohol attributable deaths, with a 10 price rise followed by a 32 percent death rate drop.
Significant falls in chronic and total alcohol associated deaths were also detected between two and three years after minimum price increases.
At the same time, a 10 percent increase in the number of private liquor stores was associated with a two percent rise in acute, chronic, and total alcohol associated death rates.
On the homefront, Alex White will be bringing forward proposals and legislation to tackle alcohol abuse next week. He indicated in an interivew with the Dublin People that this would include minimum pricing and issues to do with marketing and sponsorship:
Dublin People | Junior Minister to bring alcohol proposals to the Cabinet“I am certainly in favour of minimum pricing and it will feature in the proposals. Then there are issues with marketing and sponsorship. We have significant proposals to make in each of those different areas.
“The biggest concern is marketing that is visible to children and young people,” he added.
A survey conducted by ipsos/MRBI on behalf of the Health Research Board in May 2012 revealed that 58% of adults support a minimum unit price for alcohol. Two-thirds of respondents also said that it would take a 25% increase in price to reduce their purchase of alcohol in supermarkets (Majority support minimum price for alcohol - The Irish Times - Thu, Jul 12, 2012).
A comprehensive list of statistics related to the toll of alcohol abuse in Ireland can be seen here: Overview of Alcohol-related harm facts and statistics | Alcohol Action Ireland