Three-in-five people in Ireland have a heavy drinker in their life, claims report

The HSE today launched what it has said is the “first dedicated Irish survey about alcohol’s harm to others”.

A spokeswoman for the HSE said the report “makes very clear that preventing and reducing harm to others from drinkers is an urgent public health goal - equally as important as preventing and reducing harm to the drinker due to their own drinking”.

The report is called The Untold Story: Harms Experienced in the Irish Population due to Others Drinking.

HSE report on alcohol abuse The Untold Story HSE report on alcohol abuse: The Untold Story.

The spokeswoman added: “Alcohol’s harm from other people’s drinking can affect a wide range of relationships in a person’s life – family and friends, children, work colleagues and strangers.

“The purpose of this report is to explore how the drinking of others can negatively impact peoples’ lives.”

The full report is here here for viewing online.

Key findings from the report:

*One in six carers (16 per cent) reported that children, for whom they had parental responsibility, experienced harm because of someone else’s drinking.
*One in every two people (51 per cent) reported experiencing harm due to strangers’ drinking in the past 12 months.
*Two in every five people (44 per cent) reported experiencing negative consequences due to the drinking of people they know.
*Three in every five people (61 per cent) reported having a known heavy drinker in their life.
*One in seven workers (14 per cent) reported work-related problems due to co-workers’ drinking.

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