The HSE's first dedicated survey of alcohol’s harm to others in modern Ireland has found that 16% of carers have reported that children, for whom they had parental responsibility, experienced harm because of someone else’s drinking.
The report, 'The Untold Story: Harms Experienced in the Irish Population due to Others’ Drinking' highlights the fact that the harm from other people’s drinking can affect a wide range of relationships in a person’s life – family and friends, children, work colleagues and strangers.
It also reveals that half of all people living in Ireland have felt harassed, afraid or unsafe because of someone else's drinking.
It makes very clear that preventing and reducing harm to others from drinkers is an urgent public health goal - equally as important as preventing and reducing harm to the drinker due to their own drinking.
Key Findings from the report:
One in six carers (16%) reported that children, for whom they had parental responsibility, experienced harm because of someone else’s drinking;
One in every two people (51%) reported experiencing harm due to strangers’ drinking in the past 12 months;
Two in every five people (44%) reported experiencing negative consequences due to the drinking of people they know;
Three in every five people (61%) reported having a known heavy drinker in their life;
One in seven workers (14%) reported work-related problems due to co-workers’ drinking.
Source: The Irish Examiner, 16/04/18