Irish Heart Foundation advises cutting alcohol

August, 2014

Irish Heart Foundation advises cutting alcohol

When offered alcohol, Say ‘When’ Sooner is the message from the Irish Heart Foundation for Heart Month in September.

From The Irish Times

The consequences of drinking more than the recommended limit, it says, are higher risk of stroke, cardiomyopathy (enlarged heart) and atrial fibrillation, among other things.

IHF medical director Dr Angie Brown says cutting alcohol can lead to dramatic health improvements.

Most Irish people vastly underestimate how much they drink, according to a Health Research Board report. Also, a survey by Ipsos MRBI for the IHF, found only 9 per cent of Irish adults know how much is in a standard drink.

Over one million Irish adults at increased risk of no 1 killer – heart disease and stroke due to high alcohol consumption.

August, 2014

Over one million Irish adults at increased risk of no 1 killer – heart disease and stroke due to high alcohol consumption.

Today (26.8.14) at the launch of the Irish Heart Foundation’s annual September Heart Month campaign, former Father Ted actor Frank Kelly joined heart transplant survivor and Ireland’s favourite maitre d’ John Healy and Irish actress Caroline Morahan to remind the public to ‘Say When Sooner’ to alcohol and avoid preventable heart or stroke problems. The fun trio delivered a vital public reminder to all adults to take note that ‘your heart can’t drink like you can’.

70% of those on probation battling drugs or alcohol

August, 2014

70% of those on probation battling drugs or alcohol

More than 3,500 offenders being supervised by probation services in Northern Ireland have problems with drug and alcohol misuse.

From the Belfast Telegraph

The number equates to more than 70% of all 5,000 criminals who are on probation in the region.

The scale of the drink and drug problem among offenders was outlined by the Probation Board for Northern Ireland (PBNI).

It has outlined the figures to highlight the extent to which alcohol and substance abuse contributes to criminal and anti-social behaviour.

Adult Drinking Patterns Survey in Northern Ireland 2013

August, 2014

Adult Drinking Patterns Survey in Northern Ireland 2013

Results from the fifth Adult Drinking Patterns Survey were published today.
~ Tuesday, 19 August 2014

The survey was conducted between 1 October 2013 and 30 November 2013 across a sample of private households in Northern Ireland. The last survey was carried out in 2011.

The report presents information on the amount of alcohol the respondents consumed, when, where and what they drank, who they drank with, and those who reported binge and problem drinking.

In addition, for the first time, respondents were asked questions on their attitude to minimum unit pricing.

Dr Declan Bedford explains how implementing evidence-based policy and legislation has reduced drink driving on our roads

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