In this bulletin, trends in treated problem alcohol use are described for the seven-year period from 2015 to 2021. The data are taken from the National Drug Treatment Reporting System (NDTRS), the national surveillance system that records and reports on cases of drug and alcohol treatment in Ireland.
In this seven-year period, 50,304 cases were treated for alcohol as a main problem.
The number of treated cases recorded decreased from 7,618 in 2015 to 6,859 in 2021
The proportion of new cases decreased slightly from 46.6% in 2015 to 44.1% in 2021.
Level of problem alcohol use
In 2021, the median age at which cases first started drinking alcohol was 16 years, unchanged from previous years.
Almost two-in-every-three (65.9%) cases were classified as alcohol dependent.
In 2021, 62.3% of new cases were classified as alcohol dependent, compared to 57.0% in 2015.
The proportion of previously treated cases classified as alcohol dependent increased from 66.7% in 2015 to 70.2% in 2021.
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