New website will help people manage their drinking habits – DEERING

10th March, 2017

A new website will help people in Carlow manage their drinking habits and improve their health and well-being.

Carlow TD, Pat Deering, said Askaboutalcohol.ie will help people assess their relationship with alcohol and provide detailed information on how excessive alcohol use impacts on physical and mental health.

Deputy Deering said: “This website and the associated HSE campaign will play an important role in providing public health information on alcohol.

“One of the features of the website is a drinks calculator, which can help people assess their habits and make more informed choices about their own drinking.

“There is valuable information on the impact of alcohol on weight, fitness and mental health, as well as a guide on where to get help if you need it.

“The website also has a dedicated section for parents with information on how to help your child stay safe and be smart about drinking.”

Deputy Deering continued: “I would encourage everyone in Carlow to go online, get more information and manage their own drinking. The website will also be a useful resource for health services workers and those working in the field locally.

“In Ireland, our alcohol consumption levels are high and binge drinking is commonplace. This pattern of drinking is causing significant harm to individuals, their families and society.”

“My colleague, Fine Gael TD and Minister of State for Health Promotion, Marcella Corcoran Kennedy, will further address our need to reduce our alcohol intake as a nation through the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill.

“The Bill provides for minimum unit pricing to eliminate very cheap alcohol from stores; health labelling on alcohol products to inform consumers; separation in stores to restrict location and visibility; restrictions on advertising and marketing; regulation of sponsorship and regulation of the sale, supply and consumption of alcohol products.”