Women’s drinking habits are becoming more similar to men’s with more than two-thirds of women who presented to the State’s alcohol treatment services in 2017 classified as “alcohol dependent”, new data states.
Figures from the Health Research Board show 55,675 cases of problem alcohol use were treated between 2011 and 2017. There were 7,350 treated cases in 2017, down from 7,643 a year earlier.
Three-quarters of the cases in 2017 related to people who were “alcohol dependent”, although it is important to note that each record relates to a treatment episode, or a case, and not to an individual, meaning the same person could be counted more than once.
Source: Colin Gleeson, The Irish Times, 20th March 2019