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Rise in ‘severe’ alcohol use, say experts

The Health Research Board (HRB) said this makes treatment more complex and recovery more difficult.

Publishing their latest alcohol treatment figures, the HRB said that while the number of treatment cases for alcohol has reduced over the last seven years, a far greater proportion have the most serious form of abuse.

The report also shows:

  • Women have similar rates of alcohol dependence to men;
  • Increases in cases among those who are employed and people who are homeless;
  • One in five cases report polydrug use — with sharp increases in cocaine use (particularly among men);
  • Benzodiazepines (tranquillisers) and opiates (such as heroin or methadone) are more common additional drugs among women, while cannabis and cocaine are more common among me


Source: Cormac O'Keeffe, Irish Examiner, 20th March 2019

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