Women & Substance Misuse in Ireland: An Overview

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The WHC Strategic Plan for 2007-2009 identified the area of ‘Young Women and Alcohol’ as a topic for further investigation by the Council. The aim in the Strategic Plan was “to research the role of alcohol in the life of young women and its effect on their physical and mental health”. After an initial examination of the area, however, the topic was expanded to cover drug misuse as well as alcohol, as it became clear that heavy consumption of alcohol is often linked to drug use, and not just among young women. A decision was therefore taken to produce a suite of papers on ‘Women and Substance Misuse’ to ensure that all the relevant issues would be included.

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