Irish people drinking in a 'more hazardous' way, says top consultant
Irish people are drinking in a "different" and "more hazardous" way than our European counterparts,according to a Consultant Hepatologist in St Vincent's Hospital.
Speaking on RTÉ radio this morning, Professor Aidan McCormack said we need to examine the way we drink, as the health service is struggling to cope with a surge in cases of liver disease.
Figures from St Vincent's Hospital show a 335pc increase in admissions with alcoholic liver disease from 1995 to 2010, while also showing a decrease in alcohol dependency from 2010 to 2011.
Around 14,000 people were treated for alcohol dependency in 2011, showing a decrease of around 17pc.
"Data from France and from Russia many years ago demonstrated that if you have a significant drop [in alcohol consumption as a population], you get a rapid improvement in health effects," Prof McCormack said.
He said it may be due to "drinking at home, drinking constantly, binge drinking and loading before going out".