wrni. St Patrick's Day and the Cheltenham Festival fast approaching, Church leaders in Ireland are calling upon Irish Catholics to temper their drinking habits.
The Irish bishops have written a pastoral letter for Lent, Alcoholism: The Challenge of Moderation, in response to new statistics that reveal Ireland's alcohol consumption has increased by 40 per cent in just 10 years. The pastoral letter identifies new cultural pressures as the root cause of the rise in alcohol consumption, including growing workplace demands and the increase in both parents working outside the home.
The letter said: "Addiction counsellors can bear witness to the unhappiness in families where the unmanageability of addiction has taken mat."