A new report from the International Alliance for Responsible Drinking (IARD) has found that the proportion of underage people who consumed alcohol in Ireland has declined by 30% over the last nine years.

The report shows that in 2011 50% of 15-16-year olds had consumed alcohol in the previous month; by 2015 this had fallen to 35%.  The report is available online.

As part of the research, IARD, which is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to reducing harmful drinking and promoting understanding of responsible drinking, analysed data from 63 countries. The research found that underage drinking has fallen in over two-thirds of these countries.

Commenting on the findings, Patricia Callan, Director of Alcohol Beverage Federation of Ireland (ABFI) said: “This research confirms that Ireland is moving in the right direction when it comes to underage drinking.

“We believe that underage drinking should absolutely never occur and work hard to ensure that our products are aimed at an adult audience only, for responsible consumption.

“Going forward it’s important that relevant stakeholders, Government and society as a whole works together to further reduce underage drinking. We are committed to doing our part in this regard.”

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