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Ireland’s financial crisis and its influence on alcohol and drug issues

Shane Butler1 / Ann Hope2

1School of Social Work and Social Policy, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

2Department of Public Health and Primary Care, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

© 2015 Shane Butler et al., published by De Gruyter Open. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 3.0 License. (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0)

Citation Information: Nordic Studies on Alcohol and Drugs. Volume 32, Issue 6, Pages 623–628, ISSN (Online) 1458-6126, DOI: 10.1515/nsad-2015-0058, December 2015

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