Alcohol use is widespread in Ireland and over half of Irish people who drink do so excessively. We are one of the highest consumers of alcohol in Europe. Alcohol abuse is associated with significant physical, mental and social harms. Alcohol abuse results in an increased risk of
- Accidental overdose
- Heart problems
- Depression and anxiety
Problems with alcohol range from mild to hazardous to dependent drinking and each stage will require different interventions, often a combination of pharmacotherapy and different forms of psychotherapy. The vast majority of cases of alcohol misuse can be safely managed as outpatients.