Letterkenny A&E to host alcohol awareness initiative

Letterkenny General Hospital is one of four around the country which are taking part in an initiative to raise awareness of the extent to which alcohol is a factor when people attend A&E.

As part of the programme, people will be asked about their drinking habits when they arrive in the emergency department, and advice will be offered where it may be a problem.

A&E Consultant Gerry Lane says a study in Letterkenny three years ago showed that a large proportion of people attending A&E have taken alcohol, 33% during the week, rising to 80% at weekends.