A study by the Louth County Coroner has revealed that nearly half the people killed in road accidents or who committed suicide over the last six years had consumed alcohol.

In one year alone, two thirds of all drivers killed in accidents were over the legal limit.

The study was carried out by Coroner Ronan Maguire who examined details of the inquests he has held over the last six years.

In relation to road deaths, 125 people were killed in Co Louth. Of these, 93 were men and 32 were women. 45% of them had alcohol consumed.

In relation to suicides, 47 people killed themselves during the same six years. 42 of them were men and just five were women. 48% had consumed alcohol.

In relation to drugs or alcohol consumption, 38 people died in Co Louth from overdoses – 23 women and 15 men.