DO YOU KNOW?
Alcohol consumption during teenage years can end up causing lifelong brain damage, as the brain is still developing. Alongside the risk of developing dependence on alcohol in later years, alcohol in adolescence has been linked to a number of developmental issues.
IT’S TOO CHEAP!
A woman can reach the weekly guideline alcohol limit for as little as €4.84* in Ireland (or €7.48 for a man). In supermarkets and off-licences, a standard drink of cider is available from as little as 0.44c, and vodka from 0.62c.*
Passed last year to tackle Ireland’s harmful relationship with alcohol, the Public Health Alcohol Bill was very welcome, not least the provision to eliminate the availability of cheap alcohol. Now, ten months on, nothing has been implemented and there are fears that the commitments made by An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar will not be kept.
We encourage concerned parents to contact their local public representatives and push for speedy implementation of the Bill. Protect our young people by stamping out cheap drink!
*Annual Alcohol Market Review and Price Survey 2019, Alcohol Action Ireland.