About 85 per cent of men over the age of 40 who took their own lives in Cork in the last nine years had a history of alcohol abuse, a public meeting has heard.
Prof Ella Arensman, of the National Suicide Research Foundation, told the meeting that research into suicide in Cork city and county since 2008 found that among men under the age of 40, including adolescents, who took their own lives, some 55 per cent had a history of alcohol.
She said this highlighted that there was clear evidence of a link between alcohol abuse and suicide.
“Our research has also found that since the recession, between 2007 and 2010, when alcohol prices in Ireland reduced, there was a 30 per cent increase in the number of people presenting with self harm at the emergency departments in Ireland and the majority of these cases were alcohol related,” she said.
Source: Barry Roche, The Irish Times, 12/09/17