Alcohol must be ‘top public health priority’

Alcohol is one of the world’s top priority public health areas and one of the main risk factors for non-communicable diseases. Even though only half the world’s population drinks alcohol, it is the world’s fifth leading cause of ill health and premature death. In western… Full Story»

Most adults who drink too much are not alcoholics, CDC study finds

Contrary to popular opinion, only 10% of US adults who drink too much are alcoholics, according to a federal study released this week, a finding that could have implications for reducing consumption of beer, wine and liquor. From the Guardian While many people think that… Full Story»

Students wouldn’t cut drink for good of health

As alcoholic liver disease rises, particularly in younger people, fewer than one in 10 college students said they would curb their drinking for the good of their health. From the Irish Examiner However, students are twice as likely to reduce their drinking because of the… Full Story»

Warning on low-cost alcohol as publicans call for minimum prices

Almost half of the alcohol sold in Ireland is being sold at “close to or below cost price”, publicans have claimed. From Independent.ie And they called on the Government to get tougher on cheap alcohol sales in supermarkets, which they say are fuelling problem drinking.… Full Story»

Head physician interview: Should the end of Arthur’s Day be just the beginning?

If you’re ever wondering what happened to Arthur’s Day this year, look no farther than Kildare Street in Dublin to discover who killed off Guinness’s promotion. From The Irish Times The campaign against the excessive drinking that was a feature of the event had its… Full Story»

Pre Budget Submission Summary

A two-page summary of the key points from Alcohol Action Ireland's Pre-Budget Submission 2015.
September 3, 2014 - 332.8 KiB

Pre Budget Submission 2015

Alcohol Action Ireland's Pre-Budget Submission 2015.
September 3, 2014 - 331.0 KiB

Submission to the "Working Group on Regulating Sponsorship by Alcohol Companies of Major Sporting Events"

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

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

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Impact of minimum price per unit of alcohol on patients with liver disease in UK

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

Irish Alcohol Diaries 2013

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 - Global status report on alcohol and health 2014.

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

Global status report on alcohol and health 2014

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

Like, Comment, Share - Alcohol brand activity on Facebook

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

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