Drink Driving - A look at the facts

Drink Driving & The Law

The Road Safety Authority’s ‘Never Ever Drink and Drive’ campaign advises us - quite directly - to never get behind the wheel if we’ve had a few pints. However, the law states that...

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Dangers of Drink Driving

Drink driving campaigns are very effective in getting the message across - that getting behind the wheel after a few drinks can be dangerous, leading to accidents, injury, and, in some cases, even...

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Drink Driving Myths Debunked

There’s a lot of rumours and false ‘facts’ being thrown around regarding drink driving, and sometimes it becomes difficult to tell the truth from fiction. Here are the top 10 drink driving myths...

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Health and Safety in the Transport & Storage Industry

Health and Safety in TransportTransport & storage has the third highest fatal accident percentage after construction & agriculture making health and safety vitally important in this line of work. With over 5000 people injured every year in offices alone employers are investing heavily in implementing good health and safety practises in their businesses.

Official figures indicate that upwards of 93,000 people are employed in this sector, most of whom are male. Health and safety is everyone's responsibility not just the employer says Jonathan Barretto of JIT Removals, a logistics company offering storage facilities and office and home removals Dublin wide.

It is important to minimise the risk of accidents by being courteous and considerate at all times and to never become complacent. Utilisation of Personal protective equipment (PPE) provided at all times is essential and participation in mandatory training helps to minimise the risk of workplace accidents. These skills that are learned should be incorporated into practise on a daily basis (Manual handling, driving etc).

Reporting of accidents, incidents and near misses is extremely important in order to address these safety concerns/deficits before the accidents escalate in severity.

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How do I Know if I Have an Alcohol Problem?

Ireland’s national alcohol charity, Alcohol Action Ireland, reports that more than half of us are ‘harmful drinkers’ - we’re drinking in excess and increasing the risk of accidents, physical disease, and mental health conditions. Perhaps even more worrying is that an estimated 7 percent of the Irish population are alcohol dependent , meaning they’re unable to cut back on their drinking habits without seeking help. Are you alcohol dependent? Are you a harmful drinker? Would you know the signs to look out for in yourself that suggest you might have an alcohol problem? Here are some of the most common signs of alcohol dependency that we should all be aware of:

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Ireland’s Relationship with Alcohol

There’s no denying Ireland has a very well documented relationship with alcohol. From the famous Temple Bar to pints of Guinness, drinking is one of the activities the Emerald Isle is most well known for. It’s a drinking culture that’s often romanticised as people all around the world attempt to emulate the experience with Irish-themed pubs and copycat St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, but could our relationship with alcohol actually be hurting us? Could it even be killing us?

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Irish Law for Alcohol Consumption

There’s no denying the Irish have quite the reputation when it comes to alcohol, but, contrary to popular belief, there are laws in place to attempt to minimise the risks of intoxication. Drinking is certainly a big part of Irish culture, and no trip to the Emerald Isle is complete without sipping back a perfectly chilled pint of Guinness, but drinking too much can increase the risk of accidents, injury, poor health, and even death.

Alcohol laws in the Republic of Ireland are similar to, but slightly different than in Northern Ireland and Great Britain, so it’s important to understand current Irish legislation to prevent an unexpected run in with the Gardaí. The Intoxicating Liquor Act 2008 governs the way we can legally consume alcohol in our homes, in public, at the pub, and on the road.

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