Health Minister addresses alcohol industry efforts to influence public health policy

Minister for Health, Dr James Reilly, addressing a parliamentary question from Deputy Maureen O’Sullivan, has said “the alcohol industry seeks a role for itself in public health policy areas that extends far beyond their role as producers and retailers of alcohol“. Deputy O’Sullivan To ask… Full Story»

Parents: Do Alcohol Advertisers Target Our Children?

2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the release of the landmark Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking and Health. The 1964 report was the first Federal government report linking smoking to health consequences, including lung cancer and heart disease. From Huff Post Parents The report set… Full Story»

Public policy on alcohol must change

Personal restraint is unlikely to work when we’re being immersed in a culture of alcoholic excess, says Evelyn Gillan Alcohol has been hitting the headlines again. South of the Border, Stockton will see the first “pound pub” where a pint of beer will be sold… Full Story»

The Young: 83% of teenagers alarmed over binge drinking – Bingeing culture biggest worry of teens

Binge drinking and drug abuse among teenagers is a huge worry for most young people in Northern Ireland, a major poll for the Belfast Telegraph today reveals. From the Belfast Telegraph The vast majority of young people here – almost 83% – say drink and… Full Story»

To the Scotch Whisky Association: Stop fighting minimum pricing

Alcohol Action Ireland has joined an appeal made to the Scotch Whisky Association to immediately drop their legal challenge and bow to the will of the Scottish Parliament. It’s the right thing to do. Follow this link to hear Minister Alex White discuss the impact… Full Story»

Alcohol & Pregnancy Leaflet

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

Outcomes from the conference, Facing 'The Fear': Alcohol and Mental Health in Ireland

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

Submission to the Advertising Standards Authority for Ireland on The Review of the Code of Standards for Advertising

In Ireland there is no statutory regulation of alcohol marketing, only voluntary codes. The codes themselves do not adequately address digital marketing - one of the most potent channels for target marketing to young people. Alcohol marketing, including advertising, sponsorship and other forms of promotion, increases the likelihood that adolescents will start to use alcohol, and to drink more if they are already using alcohol.

Due to the lack of effective regulations and legislation, young people are poorly protected from these sophisticated and powerful influences on their drinking behaviour and expectations. Alcohol Action Ireland recently made a submission to the Advertising Standards Association of Ireland’s Code review and proposed some practical and realistic measures to help reduce children’s exposure to alcohol marketing, both online and in the mainstream media.
February 11, 2014 - 434.8 KiB

Public Health (Alcohol) BIll Factsheet

Information on the Government's proposed Public Health (Alcohol) Bill.
January 21, 2014 - 373.5 KiB

Facing 'The Fear': Alcohol and Mental Health in Ireland

The programme for Alcohol Action Ireland's 2013 Conference, Facing 'The Fear': Alcohol and Mental Health in Ireland.
November 14, 2013 - 243.8 KiB

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KEY FINDINGS: Alcohol's Harm To Others

Key findings from a report, prepared for the HSE by Dr Ann Hope, Department of Public Health and Primary Care, Trinity College, Dublin. The report outlines alcohol harm's to others in Ireland, where the burden of alcohol related harm is often experienced by those around the drinker, be they family member, friend, co-worker or innocent ‘bystander’.
April 1, 2014 - 632.1 KiB

Exposure of Children and Adolescents to Alcohol Marketing on Social Media Websites

In 2011, online marketing became the largest marketing channel in the UK, overtaking television for the first time. This study aimed to describe the exposure of children and young adults to alcohol marketing on social media websites in the UK. All five of the alcohol brands studied maintained a Facebook page, Twitter page and YouTube channel, with varying levels of user engagement. Facebook pages could not be accessed by an under-18 user, but in most cases YouTube content and Twitter content could be accessed by those of all ages. The authors concluded that the rise in online marketing of alcohol and the high use of social media websites by young people suggests that this is an area requiring further monitoring and regulation.
March 24, 2014 - 96.4 KiB

Alcohol's harm to others in Ireland

This report, prepared for the HSE by Dr Ann Hope, Department of Public Health and Primary Care, Trinity College, Dublin, outlines alcohol harm's to others in Ireland. In Ireland, the burden of alcohol related harm is often experienced by those around the drinker, be they family member, friend, co-worker or innocent ‘bystander’. Alcohol’s harm to others (AH2O) undermines public safety and is experienced in every community. The negative effects from other people’s drinking are visible in the public domain and can range from the nuisance factor, feeling unsafe in public places to the violent attack by an intoxicated drinker. Physical assaults and driving a car while under the influence of alcohol can contribute to injuries, accidents, disabilities and death of innocent people. Although not often publicly visible, alcohol’s harm to others within the family can have very serious consequences for the safety and well-being of family members, with children being the most vulnerable.
March 24, 2014 - 1.1 MiB

A comparison of alcohol sales and alcohol-related mortality in Scotland and Northern England

The rate of alcohol-related mortality in Scotland is substantially higher than other countries in the UK. Yet, data from self-report surveys generally show similar levels and patterns of alcohol consumption. Alcohol sales data enable a more objective estimate of alcohol consumption and show higher population consumption levels in Scotland compared with England & Wales. Estimates of self-reported consumption in northern English cities have been shown to be comparable to similarly deprived Scottish urban areas, yet alcohol deaths were more than twice as high in the latter. The aim of this brief report was to use alcohol retail sales data to assess population levels of alcohol consumption in regions of Scotland and Northern England, and to compare these with levels of alcohol-related mortality.
March 11, 2014 - 514.7 KiB

Cancer Incidence and Mortality due to Alcohol: An Analysis of 10-Year Data

Alcohol consumption is causally related to cancer of the upper aero-digestive tract, liver, colon, rectum, female breast and pancreas. The dose response relationship varies for each site. This report calculates Ireland'€™s cancer incidence and mortality attributable to alcohol over a 10-year period. Between 2001 and 2010.
March 11, 2014 - 27.5 KiB

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