Underage alcohol consumption has declined in Ireland, according a recently published report.
The Irish study was commissioned by the Department of Health and carried out by the Health Promotion Research Centre at NUI Galway.
Research shows that this decline forms part of a longer-term trend as a previous WHO report on Adolescent related behaviours found that alcohol consumption among teenagers in Ireland went from 12.7% in 2002 to 4.1% in 2014.
Below the Average
This figure (4.1%) was well below the European average at the time of 12.9%.
“This research confirms that Ireland is moving in the right direction when it comes to underage drinking," said Patricia Callan, director of Drinks Ireland.
“We believe that underage drinking should absolutely never occur and work hard to tackle this issue and to ensure that our products are aimed at an adult audience only, for responsible consumption."
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