The Health Research Board (HRB) has published its latest alcohol treatment figures in Alcohol Treatment in Ireland 2010 – 2016.
Between 2010 and 2016, 53,763 cases were treated for problem alcohol use in the Republic of Ireland (7,643 cases during 2016). The median age of treated cases was 41 years and two thirds of cases are male.
The median age to start drinking was 16 years. In 2016, almost two thirds (65%) of all cases were classified as alcohol dependent*. Three out of five (60%) new cases (those who have never been treated for problem alcohol use before) were classified as alcohol dependent.
In 2016, 17% of those treated for problem alcohol use reported using other drugs, with cannabis (58%) the most common additional drug, followed by cocaine (35%) and benzodiazepines (29%; an increase from 18% in 2010). The proportion of those treated for problem alcohol use who were homeless increased from 5% in 2010, to 8% in 2016.
IPH work on alcohol policy across the island of Ireland can be accessed here