Minimum unit pricing targets two vulnerable groups – alcohol-dependent people and young drinkers who purchase alcohol at “pocket money prices”. Photograph: Johnny Green/PA

The Government’s announcement this week of new measures to reduce alcohol consumption is a watershed.The health and social impacts of our patterns of(...)

Despite lower levels of alcohol consumption, a lot of young people are binge-drinking. Photograph: Thinkstock

Nothing provokes such a bout of national self-righteous self-flagellation than the relationship between Irish people and alcohol. Every Christmas, St (...)

Kathryn D’Arcy, director of Alcohol Beverage Federation of Ireland:   “Average per adult consumption is now over 25 per cent lower than the peak of 2001.  We are consuming alcohol at pre-1990 levels and are fast approaching EU norms.” Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Ireland remains one of the worst countries in the world for binge drinking, although overall consumption rates are falling, according to a report b(...)

There were more than 40,000 cases treated for problem alcohol consumption between 2008 and 2012, according to latest figures.

An almost 17 per cent increase in the number of people returning for treatment over a five-year period reflects a growth in the number of cases(...)

The older and allegedly wiser shake their heads at the sight of young people falling about on the street from the effects of too much drink. (...)

Jonny Byrne (19): well-known local hurler and footballer and a member of the Naomh Bríd Hurling Club and Leighlinbridge GFC.

There has been widespread condemnation of the “Neknominations”drinking challenge following the death of a young Carlow man who took part in the activ(...)

A man  drinks beer through a traffic cone in a ‘Neknomination’ stunt. Photograph: YouTube

A social media-driven craze in which people are encouraged to film themselves downing alcoholic drinks quickly has been condemned by Alcohol Action I(...)

Copper Face Jacks nightclub, Harcourt Street, Dublin, showing Camden Place where the crowd surge took place.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The condition of a young woman injured during a crowd surge outside Dublin nightclub Copper Face Jacks has improved, changing from critical to stable.(...)

Mock-ito, with lemon and ginger ale. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Christmas time, mistletoe and wine. The party season is upon us. Behind the scenes the health service is under pressure to cope with a surge in liver (...)

Prof Ella Arensman of  the National Suicide Research Foundation said that consistently over the past five years, there had been peaks in the number of people at emergency departments having self-harmed after consuming alcohol over public holidays. Photograph: David Sleator

The peak times for people turning up in hospital emergency departments suffering from self- harm after drinking large volumes of alcohol tend to be(...)