20 drunk drivers arrested daily over X-mas

January, 2015

20 drunk drivers arrested daily over X-mas

An average of 20 people were arrested every single day over the Christmas period on suspicion of drunk driving, An Garda Siochana has said.

From IrishHealth.com

It has just released details of its 2014 Christmas road traffic enforcement campaign, which covered the period December 1, 2014, to January 4, 2015.

During this period, 17 people lost their lives on Irish roads, including seven pedestrians, four drivers and three motorcyclists. A further 32 were seriously injured.

Cheap drink can get pretty expensive

January, 2015

Cheap drink can get pretty expensive

The thing about cheap drink, is that there tends to be drink involved.

When you’re talking about cheap food, or cheap petrol, you’re usually talking about a finite quantity – you can only eat so much, there’s only so much fuel you can pump into a tank.

From Independent.ie

But with cheap drink, a different dynamic comes into play. It has been known, for example, for a person to go out with the firm intention of consuming only a few pints of cheap drink, only to find that the drink, of its very nature, is compelling him to exceed his budget, to squeeze in a few more pints, and maybe a few on top of that.

BT Young Scientist top award won by teen alcohol project

January, 2015

BT Young Scientist top award won by teen alcohol project

A group project by Cork students looking at teenage alcohol consumption has claimed top prize at the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition at the RDS.

From The Irish Times

The best individual prize went to a Co Louth student for her development of a wrist support for boxers.

The top four awards in the exhibition were announced Friday evening, with Ian O’Sullivan and Eimear Murphy being declared the 2015 Young Scientists.

Varadkar seeks clause to ban alcohol sponsorship of sport

December, 2014

Varadkar seeks clause to ban alcohol sponsorship of sport

A clause allowing for the banning of alcohol sponsorship of sports is to be included next month in new legislation designed to limit the sale and misuse of drink.

From The Irish Times

However, the implementation of such a ban – which has faced vigorous opposition from sporting organisations and drinks companies – will be subject to the full agreement of the Minister for Health and Minister for Sport.

Both Leo Varadkar and Paschal Donohoe have said alternative funding for sporting organisations must be in place before any ban is introduced.

Minimum pricing for drink as Varadkar targets booze issue

December, 2014

Minimum pricing for drink as Varadkar targets booze issue

An attempt to tackle alcohol abuse will be made next month after Health Minister Leo Varadkar confirmed the draft of a minimum pricing for alcohol bill is to be published.

From Independent.ie

It comes after a report in America this week outlined that under-age drinkers are more likely to choose alcohol brands that sponsor sports, music and entertainment events.

Mr Varadkar said minimum pricing would be aimed at preventing alcohol misuse. It would also help to reduce the risk of alcohol getting into the hands of vulnerable people such as teenagers.