Rise in people seeking treatment for serious alcohol abuse in Ireland

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Alcohol remains the most common drug requiring addiction treatment in Ireland, according to a report from the Health Research Board (HRB).

The annual report on alcohol treatment found an increase in the amount of people presenting with the most serious level of abuse.

There were 7,546 treatment cases in 2019, an overall decrease since 2013 when there were 7,819 cases.

However, the proportion of new cases classified as ‘alcohol dependent’, defined as someone who would show physical withdrawal symptoms if they stopped drinking alcohol, rose from 51% in 2013 to 65% last year.

The average age of people in treatment was 41, with two thirds being male.