Plans to introduce a minimum price for alcohol in Wales have been backed by a panel advising ministers on substance misuse. From BBC News Experts said the measure would protect vulnerable people, boost public health and improve community life. The Welsh government has already proposed… Full Story»
Ireland needs to “turn off the tap of cheap alcohol to some of the most vulnerable individuals” in society, the Oireachtas Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform has heard. From The Irish Times President designate of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland Prof… Full Story»
Health Minister Leo Varadkar will take up direct responsibility for the sensitive areas of drug and alcohol policy. From the Irish Examiner The decision followed days of confusion within the Department of Health as to who would take over the brief, following the departure of… Full Story»
Public health advocates in recent years have become concerned not with the consumption of energy drinks by youth but also their joint consumption with alcohol by young adults. New research provides evidence of a mechanism through which energy drinks may increase binge drinking: combining energy… Full Story»
Alcohol Action Ireland, the national charity for alcohol-related issues, has said that calls for a reduction in excise duty on alcohol serve only vested interests, not the public health. “Despite the current claims by alcohol industry bodies, Minister for Finance Michael Noonan last week confirmed… Full Story»
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
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
Information on the Government's proposed Public Health (Alcohol) Bill.
January 21, 2014 - 373.5 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
Through the implementation of this Framework and supporting strategies, the Government aims to achieve a number of 'shifts’ over the 7-year period 2014-2020 to support the achievement of better outcomes for all children and young people: In the Framework the Government recognises the need to address our worrying patterns of alcohol consumption among children and young people in Ireland and to protect those affected by the harmful drinking of others.
April 24, 2014 - 2.0 MiB