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Alcohol Action Ireland (AAI) is calling on the Finance Minister to maintain the excise duties on alcohol in its pre-budget submission.

Ireland's consumption of drink is a shocking 80 percent above the global average, which is huge cause for concern according to the AAI. 

Alcohol Action Ireland CEO Sheila Gilheany says binge-drinking is causing an array of issues, mainly among young people. Ireland's 18 to 24-year-old age group are Europe's number one binge drinkers.

The submission claims that the nation's pattern of alcohol consumption is measured at 11 litres of alcohol being consumed per capita every year.

"This persistent high level of harmful drinking equates to 41 litres of gin/vodka, 116 bottles of wine or 445 pints of beer per person aged 15+," the report states.

Sheila Gilheany spoke on the matter: "That very heavy level of drinking leads to a lot of harm both to the individuals themselves and also in a wider capacity."

"There is a lot of other harm to families and to children. One-in-six children are living in homes which we would call 'alcohol impacted' families. There is a big burden on the workplace as well."

The AAI estimate that approximately 60,000 young people under the age of 18 will start drinking every year.

"For people who start drinking early, even greater harm is done to them as individuals," said Sheila Gilheany.

AAI said that excise duties on alcohol products have only changed three times since 2002 and has failed to keep up with the rate of inflation.

It renewed its calls for the establishment of a Social Responsibility Fund to invest in primary care psychology services in order to meet the needs of those impacted by parental alcohol misuse.


Us Irish are well known for our questionable drinking habits, but the results of a new study by the Health Research Board are truly shocking.

According to the research, the average Irish drinker consumes 11 litres of pure alcohol per year.

That in itself mightn’t mean much, but when you convert it into pints of beer and bottles of wine things get really scary.

11 litres of alcohol equals 445 pints of beer, 29 litres of vodka or 116 bottles of wine per person per year.

And the bad news doesn’t end there.

The report also found that alcohol-related discharges from hospital cost Irish taxpayers €1.5 billion in 2012 – that’s more than 10% of the total amount spent on public healthcare that year.

The study stressed that it's not just what we drink that's the issue, but how we drink it as binge-drinking is still massive problem in Irish society.


After a tough year, Sum 41 singer Deryck Whibley had cause for celebration over the weekend.

The rocker wed his girlfriend Ariana Cooper at a romantic outdoor ceremony in the Hotel Bel Air in Beverly Hills on Sunday, walking down the aisle to Happy Together by The Turtles.

Friends described the ceremony, which was attended by just 100 guests, as "chilled and intimate."

Deryck, whose first wife was singer Avril Lavigne, ended up in hospital last year with kidney and liver failure following years of alcohol abuse.

Doctors placed him in a medically induced coma in April 2014 after he collapsed in his living room and left family fearing for his life. Luckily Deryck survived the incident and is now leading a teetotal life, with the knowledge that just one drink could end up killing him.

"I was drinking hard every day. Until one night. I was sitting at home, poured myself another drink around midnight and was about to watch a movie when all of a sudden I didn't feel so good," the musician wrote in a post on his website at the time.

"The reason I got so sick is from all the hard boozing I've been doing over the years. It finally caught up to me."

Rather than traditional champagne, the newlyweds toasted to their new life together with non-alcoholic cider. And in another sweet twist on the traditional, bride Ariana wore white Converse under her stunning strapless corseted gown with silver embellishments.

Although Avril and Deryck remain on relatively good terms, the Complicated singer was not in attendance for her ex's big day, having accepted an altogether more exciting invitation from Taylor Swift in San Diego the night before:

Yup, we'd choose that over a wedding too.