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GAA players at risk from binge drinking, study claims


Top GAA stars are in danger of consuming harmful levels of alcohol as a new medical study shows inter-county players are more prone to binge drinking than their peers, while a third feel there is a harmful alcohol culture within the GAA.

Researchers found three-quarters of GAA players, who were regular drinkers, showed signs of “adverse alcohol use”, while two-thirds had experienced an alcohol-related harm within the previous 12 months.

In addition, 15 per cent of players who drink confessed to having at least six alcohol-related harms in the previous year. The most common incidents related to regretting something said when drinking, missing work or college, physical fights and relationship issues.

The study also revealed that 2 per cent, or 13, inter-county players had required


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