• Clodagh Meaney

Alcohol Action encourage men to rethink their drinking this Men's Health Week

Annually there are 1,900 alcohol related, male deaths in Ireland.

By Clodagh Meaney

Alcohol Action, Ireland's independent advocate for reducing alcohol harm, are urging all men, young and old, to take the opportunity to rethink their drinking this Men's Health Week.

Annually there are 1,900 alcohol related, male deaths in Ireland.

Two thirds of these deaths are due to alcohol related illnesses. Alcohol is also a contributing factor in half of all male suicides.

A RSA review of road user deaths show that men make up 87 percent of drivers, 87 percent of pedestrians and 73 percent of passengers killed on Irish roads between 10pm and 6am.

As part of Alcohol Action's campaign, they are asking men to rethink their drinking by maintaining a balance by sticking to guidelines to improve health and restore wellbeing.

They are also urging men that less is best, as alcohol contributes to a range of chronic health conditions and diseases.

The campaign is also reminding men that there is no comfort in alcohol.

In a statement released by Alcohol Action, it was revealed that despite COVID-19 stressors, Men have actually reduced their alcohol intake.

"Contrary to recent messaging from alcohol industry funded sources, many men have grasped the challenges of the COVID-19 lockdown as an opportunity to change their behaviour with alcohol for the better," the statement said.

"This is particularly evident in the findings reported by the CSO in their Social Impact of COVID-19 survey undertaken to measure the impact COVID-19 has had on Irish society in April 2020, which shows that ‘a much higher proportion of male respondents (26 percent) reported a decrease in alcohol consumption compared with females (8.6 percent)'."

Speaking about the campaign, Prof. Frank Murray, Chair, Alcohol Health Alliance Ireland, and Alcohol Action Ireland Board member, said:

“Adherence to the HSE low-risk drinking guidelines is a good place to start when restoring a balance to your drinking and reduce the risk of alcohol-related problems."

"The recommended weekly low-risk alcohol guidelines are less than 17 standard drinks for men; drinks should be spread out over the week and you should have 2 to 3 alcohol-free days per week," he continued.

"It is especially important not to drink more than 6 standard drinks on any one occasion. The less you drink the lower the risk of developing chronic or life threatening alcohol-related health issues."

If you have been affected by any of the themes in this article please reach out.

Ask About Alcohol - 1800 459 459

Alcoholics Anonymous - 01 842 0700

Samaritans - 116 123

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