Addiction Information


Moderate Drinking

  • Category: Alcohol


One of the most commonly used drugs is alcohol and it is legal to buy and consume it in Ireland once you are 18 years of age or older.  

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Binge Drinking

  • Category: Alcohol

Alcohol is a legal, sedative drug that changes our emotional state once consumed. Many people drink in moderation, but some misuse alcohol resulting in alcohol dependency also known as problem drinking and alcoholism. In Dublin 15, alcohol misuse is one of the main drug problems for both adults and people under 18 years of age with binge drinking to excess a common occurrence among males and females.  

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Coping with Alcoholism

  • Category: Alcohol

 Is your spouse, partner, girlfriend, or boyfriend using alcohol in a way that is causing problems?  

The harm experienced by the drinker due to their own drinking is only part of the story of alcohol related problems in Ireland. Alcohol’s harm to others as a result of someone else’s drinking is far reaching and can be serious.

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  • Category: Alcohol


What is Polydrug use: 

Polydrug use  refers to the  use  of two or more drugs in combination to achieve a particular effect.  

How do people take Polydrugs: 

A typical drug taking session often starts with alcohol and is then accompanied by other drugs.   

Where are Polydrugs taken: 

Polydrug use is common in social contexts where the occasion involves clubs, pubs, dance venues, festivals, street drinking and parties.   

Why do people use Polydrugs: 

Most often users would be seeking a particular effect to suit the social situation they are in, and will choose from among the range of drugs that they are familiar with to achieve it. In Dublin 15, polydrug use is perceived as the norm and is predominantly done at weekends with people aged 15 and over. The type of drugs used together included the following: alcohol, weed, ecstasy, cocaine powder, synthetic stimulants, benzodiazepines and z drugs.    

If I did cocaine...I’d need something to come down and I’d use whatever is nearest...heroin, benzos, methadone. 

Treated drug user, DATMS report 2016 

 Heavy alcohol use plays a key role when combining drugs. Sometimes people drink more than normal while using other drugs, or alternatively, if they were feeling the effects of drinking too much alcohol they turn to drugs to sustain themselves. The drug prevalence data for 2010/11 reported that after cannabis, ecstasy and cocaine powder were the most commonly used illegal drugs (NACD, 2011).   


Effects from using Polydrugs: 

In 2014 the National Advisory Committee on Drugs and Alcohol (NACDA) research found that polydrug use is associated with a number of negative consequences including mental and physical ill-health, violence, aggression and a range of social problems. Polydrug use is more likely to result in accidents and death (including death from overdose) than when a single substance is consumed.    

Treatment for Polydrug misuse: 

Polydrug use is more complex to treat, requiring services that can treat both alcohol and other drug dependence while providing a broad range of interventions, and is associated with poorer treatment outcomes. 

Mental Health

  • Category: Alcohol


The World Health Organization defines mental health as “a state of well-being in which every individual realises his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community”.   

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