The Irish public will be asked to foot the bill for lower alcohol prices if the alcohol industry campaign for lower excise duty is successful, Alcohol Action Ireland has warned. “The alcohol industry’s concerted campaign for a cut in excise duty is seeking to focus… Full Story»
Letter to the Irish Examiner In his recent speech at the opening of a new Guinness production facility at St James’s Gate, Dublin, Taoiseach Enda Kenny lauded the contribution of the drinks industry to the economy in terms of employment, export earnings, purchasing of raw… Full Story»
After dispatching a fine pint of ale recently, I spied my beer mat through the bottom of the empty glass. “Support your local,” it exhorted, “reverse excise: create jobs.” The mats are part of the increasingly vocal campaign by the Drinks Industry Group of Ireland… Full Story»
ALCOHOL increases the risk of suicide by an alarming 800pc. From The Herald The Health Service Executive (HSE) has acknowledged that alcohol use, particularly in key age groups such as the 20-35 year group, can have a hugely damaging impact on mental health. The revelation… Full Story»
“It’s natural that students who are getting their Junior Cert results today want to have a good time and celebrate with their friends. This is an important milestone for them and they should enjoy the celebrations,” said Suzanne Costello, CEO of Alcohol Action Ireland. “However,… Full Story»
A two-page summary of the key points from Alcohol Action Ireland's Pre-Budget Submission 2015.
September 3, 2014 - 332.8 KiB
Alcohol Action Ireland's Pre-Budget Submission 2015.
September 3, 2014 - 331.0 KiB
Alcohol Action Ireland's submission to the "Working Group on Regulating Sponsorship by Alcohol Companies of Major Sporting Events". This submission sets out the issues surrounding alcohol sponsorship of sport in Ireland and why implementing a ban will be a key part of any plan to reduce alcohol-related harm.
June 18, 2014 - 4.9 MiB
It is in a child’s best interests for a prospective mother not to drink alcohol while pregnant, due to the risk of damaging the physical and mental development of the unborn child – damage which can have serious, life-long consequences.
March 28, 2014 - 335.1 KiB
Alcohol's role as a serious risk factor in mental health difficulties, including suicide, self-harm and depression, was examined by expert speakers at a conference held in November 2013 by Alcohol Action Ireland, the national charity for alcohol-related issues.
March 11, 2014 - 1.7 MiB
A study of liver patients by the University of Southampton shows that a Minimum Unit Price (MUP) policy for alcohol is exquisitely targeted towards the heaviest drinkers with cirrhosis. Published today in Clinical Medicine, the peer review journal for the Royal College of Physicians, the researchers studied the amount and type of alcohol drunk by 404 liver patients, and also asked patients how much they paid for alcohol. They found that patients with alcohol related cirrhosis were drinking on average the equivalent of four bottles of vodka each week, and were buying the cheapest booze they could find, paying around 33p per unit, irrespective of their income. In contrast low risk moderate drinkers were paying on average £1.10 per unit. If the UK government set a MUP at 50p, it wouldn’t affect pubs or bars and would have no impact on moderate drinkers; the average cost would be £4 per year and 90% would not be affected at all. The impact on heavy drinking liver patients would be at least 200 times higher.
August 5, 2014 - 312.1 KiB
Figures published by the Health Research Board confirm that Irish drinking patterns are harmful and almost one in fourteen drinkers meet criteria for dependent drinking. The figures were captured as part of the first National Alcohol Diary Survey involving almost 6,000 people, aged 18-75 years, across Ireland during 2013.
June 23, 2014 - 1.3 MiB
Country profiles for World Health Organisation Member States from the WHO's Global status report on alcohol and health 2014.
June 1, 2014 - 4.3 MiB
The World Health Organisation's Global status report on alcohol and health 2014 provides a global overview of alcohol consumption in relation to public health (Chapter 1) as well as information on: the consumption of alcohol in populations (Chapter 2); the health consequences of alcohol consumption (Chapter 3); and policy responses at national level (Chapter 4).
June 1, 2014 - 2.3 MiB
By the end of 2012 the top 20 alcohol brands (brands) in Australia had more than 2.5 million followers on their Facebook pages. During 2012 they posted more than 4500 items of content. Their followers interacted with that content by liking, sharing or commenting on it more than 2.3 million times. These figures suggest that Facebook is now a key player in the promotion of alcohol. The alcohol industry has developed an extensive, real-time, culturally embedded mode of branding on Facebook. The sophisticated use of social media by brands identified in this research raises seven issues that are currently not addressed by existing regulation.
May 2, 2014 - 3.8 MiB