The Alcohol Forum’s national conference this week will challenge the often-accepted belief that drinking is a central part of Irish identity.
“Given the clear evidence that there is about the links between the availability, the price and the marketing of alcohol and consumption patterns, health experts and policymakers have tended to focus on these issues in isolation,” Paula Leonard, national lead community action on alcohol with the Alcohol Forum, said. “However, culture is also important.
“It’s past time that we looked at our drinking culture. If we don’t face up to it and really understand it, it’s difficult to see how we can change it,” she said.
“This is about bringing those strands together,” Ms. Leonard said.