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Alcohol Consumption

Volume 447: debated on Wednesday 14 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps his Department plans to take in response to the recent report by the European Commission which identified Ireland as having the fifth highest consumption of alcohol per person in the EU. (76629)

There are no comparable figures for Northern Ireland as currently such data are collected and presented on a UK basis. The Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety in Northern Ireland launched the New Strategic Direction for Alcohol and Drugs 2006-11 on 8 May 2006. It contains a number of regional and local outcomes aimed at reducing the overall level of harm caused by alcohol in Northern Ireland, including reducing the level of binge drinking and the amount of under-age drinking.