Facts About Addiction
The following facts highlight the extent of addiction in Ireland and the impact on families:
Up to 104,000 children are currently living in families adversely affected by alcohol alone (Ref: Alcohol Action)
Children of alcoholics are four times more likely to become alcoholics and 50% will end up marrying an alcoholic.
33% of children of alcoholics go on to develop related problems in adulthood.
55% of domestic violence incidents happen in alcoholic homes and drink is a factor in 90% of child abuse cases
Alcohol-related harm costs this country approx. €3.7 billion a year - that's €3,318 for every tax payer! (Ref: Alcohol Action)
An average of 7 people in every 1,000 in Ireland are defined as problem opiate, or heroin, users
The percentage of heroin users in treatment, at 50 per cent, is very high compared to other EU countries.
Children of problem gamblers have been shown to have higher usage levels of tobacco, alcohol, drugs, and overeating than their classroom peers
It is estimated that about 200 Irish people a year seek help for sex addiction