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Alcohol and Drugs

Alcohol and Drug research at the HRB is carried out by a multi-disciplinary team of researchers and information specialists who provide objective, reliable and comparable information on the alcohol and drug situation, its consequences and responses in Ireland.

The HRB maintains two national drug-related surveillance systems.

It is the Irish national focal point for the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA). It also manages the National Documentation Centre on Drug Use.

Drugnet Ireland is a quarterly newsletter published by the HRB which disseminates research findings, information and news on alcohol and drug related matters.

Alcohol and drug related news

Trends in treated problem drug use

12 December 2011

Figures released today by the Health Research Board (HRB) show a significant increase in the total number of people entering drug treatment in Ireland. [more]

Latest trends in treated problem alcohol use

8 November 2011

The Health Research Board published a paper today entitled ?Treated problem alcohol use in Ireland 2005-2010?. Figures from the National Drug Treatment Reporting System (NDTRS) show that the number of cases of treated problem...[more]

New research into the role and benefits of education in drug rehabilitation

25 October 2011

Martin Keane, Social Research Manager at the Health Research Board has authored a report on the 'The role of education in developing recovery capital in recovery from substance addiction?.[more]

Alcohol-related deaths on the rise in Ireland

12 July 2011

Statistics published by the Health Research Board (HRB) today showed a rise in alcohol-related deaths in Ireland for the years 2004-2008.[more]

Large rise in alcoholic liver disease

5 May 2011

In a letter published recently in the journal Alcohol and Alcoholism, HRB researchers and others have noted large increases in alcoholic liver disease (ALD) morbidity and mortality in the 13 years from 1995 to 2007. The rate per...[more]

Social consequences of harmful alcohol use in Ireland

26 November 2009

The Health Research Board published today a new report on the Social consequences of harmful use of alcohol in Ireland. [more]

Deaths among drug users - a new report

19 November 2009

The Health Research Board (HRB) has today published the first national report on trends in deaths among drug users due to traumatic or medical causes.[more]

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