Tuesday 19 September 2017

Alison O’Connor: Taking drink out of our sporting events requires an iron will

We are broke –
so how do we
spend so much
on alcohol?
We are broke – so how do we spend so much on alcohol?

Alison O’Connor

We are economically bust, but how is it that we manage to maintain a national booze habit that costs the State upwards of €3.7bn a year?

It's stating the bleedin' obvious to say that we could desperately do with that sort of money, but there isn't a smidgin of outrage at the enormous price we pay for our national drinking habit.

Tonight and every night in Ireland, 2,000 beds in our acute hospitals are being occupied by people with problems directly related to alcohol. In our emergency departments a quarter of injuries are a result of drink.

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