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Binge Drinking in Ireland

Article Summary   by:DaveOGrady     Original Author: David O''Grady
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bBinge drinking in Ireland Binge drinking is becoming a large part of Irish culture. As a nation, we take pride in our tourist industry. However, we are becoming more known for our excessive drinking habits. This is obviously not good for our economy and can only lead to worse things to come. Do we really want to be known as a nation of drunks? The concept of binge drinking is not fully understood by many. Some believe it to be “drinking loads” while others seem to understand it a little more clearly by describing it as “drinking to get drunk” and “drinking a large amount in a small space”. Dublin City along with the rest of Ireland has become a kind of binge drinking central for youths at the weekends. Many people come over every weekend from Britain with their primary objective to drink as much as possible. And do you ever wonder why there is no 24 hour drink licence or happy hours here? Well let’s just say there would be dyer consequences if these opportunities arose. We clearly do not understand the dangers of binge drinking. Alcohol abuse has become Europe’s ‘third biggest killer’. Heavy drinking is also the cause in 16% of child abuse and neglect throughout Europe. And the problems are getting worse, as 55 million people regularly drinking dangerous amounts of alcohol while 23 million are alcoholics.
Drinking is also a huge problem among people under the age over 18. Underage drinking is certainly getting worse in Ireland with young teenagers starting to drink from the age of 13. There is a strong possibility that underage drinking could possibly leads to strong binge drinking habits later in life. The whole aspect of getting caught during underage drinking leads to quicker drinking habits. Possible skills could be gained from drinking really quickly which one could carry into adulthood. Binge drinking also hits the bank balance hard. A lot of students in Ireland would have part time jobs where the majority of their wages would be spent on drink at the weekend. Many students nowadays would take pride over how much booze they are able to consume. However, at the weekend, bars in Dublin and other towns and cities throughout Ireland will charge a lot of money for drinks. Pints can be priced at 5 or 6 euro sometimes. This truly is extortion. And the fact that people pay these amounts enforces the idea that we have a serious problem in Binge drinking.
Published: January 12, 2008   
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  1. 6. James McGonigle

    Binge drinking

    good stuff dave, the issue needs to be addressed not just in dublin but all over ireland

    0 Rating Tuesday, January 22, 2008
  2. 5. Brian Crawford

    Binge drinking is getting worse in Scotland

    Great Article! This is not a common occurrence across several cities in Scotland now also. It is definitely a cause for concern

    0 Rating Sunday, January 20, 2008
  3. 4. Vekas Maria-Rodica

    Binge Drinking in Ireland

    David, your article points out obviously this aspect of young people's life and it is an alarm signal for Irish government.Thank for sharing with us.Vekas Maria-Rodica(Mireya)

    0 Rating Saturday, January 19, 2008
  4. 3. Eamonn O Nuallain

    binge drinking

    The irish government are not doing enough to tackle the binge drinking crisis in ireland. Every year in the budget alcohol is hit but instead of the money going into helping the situation nobody knows where it goes and it definitley isn't into the health system which is a sham.

    0 Rating Tuesday, January 15, 2008
  5. 2. Gerry Kelly

    Definitions of binge drinking

    The British Medical Association states that "there is no consensus on the definition of binge drinking. In the past, 'binge drinking' was often used to refer to an extended period of time, usually two days or more, during which a person repeatedly drank to intoxication, giving up usual activities.

    0 Rating Sunday, January 13, 2008
  6. 1. Pat Sheridan

    big problems

    The problem is getting worse.

    0 Rating Sunday, January 13, 2008
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