Time to discuss the 'secret world' of drink
While we hear a great deal about the horrors of teenage drinking, less attention is perhaps given to other groups in society which are displaying symptoms of dangerous, if controlled, alcoholism.
One such group which has stayed very much beneath the radar is the well-heeled retirees who have replaced the once customary Irish 'cup of tea' by cracking open a bottle or two of wine when they socialize, or even just sitting at home watching television. Because they enjoy a tipple in their own homes they rarely attract attention. But experts believe that this group, with time and money on their hands, are in many cases creating what has been called "a secret world of alcoholism".
The Alcohol Action Ireland Conference in Dublin, one of a number on the subject of alcohol, opened on the theme of 'Girls, women and alcohol'. It explored how females are increasingly suffering illness and death due to alcohol-related diseases linked to increasing consumption.