HSE confirms 900 cases of cancer caused by alcohol annually

Alcohol causes over 900 cancers in Ireland every year, with 500 deaths, according to the HSE National Cancer Control Programme who today, Thursday, February 4th, World Cancer Day, reminded everyone that while there is no safe lower limit of alcohol consumption, the cancer risk can… Full Story»

Alcohol’s harm to others

Beyond the serious health consequences, the harmful use of alcohol brings significant social and economic losses to individuals and society at large in Ireland. The burden of alcohol harm is often experienced by those around the drinker, such as a family member, friend, co-worker or… Full Story»

Public Health (Alcohol) Bill – Availability

The Public Health (Alcohol) Bill contains a provision for structural separation of alcohol products in mixed retail outlets, such as supermarkets and convenience stores, which will mean that they will no longer be displayed like ‘every day’ or ‘ordinary’ products, such as bread or milk.… Full Story»

Children’s exposure to alcohol marketing in Ireland

A comment by marketing expert, Dr Pat Kenny, on research commissioned by Alcohol Action Ireland and carried out by the Health Promotion Research Centre at NUI Galway. Introduction Alcohol is not just an ordinary consumer product. While it can form part of a balanced social… Full Story»

Public Health (Alcohol) Bill – Labelling

Consumers should have the right to make informed decisions about the products they purchase, especially those, such as alcohol, which are potentially harmful to their health. Health warnings are now a familiar and prominent feature on tobacco products in Ireland, while detailed nutritional labelling is… Full Story»

Alcohol Marketing and Young People's Drinking Behaviour in Ireland

A study carried out by the Health Promotion Research Centre at NUI Galway, commissioned by Alcohol Action Ireland, found that Irish children are exposed to large volumes of alcohol marketing, which increases their likelihood of drinking alcohol and engaging in risky drinking behaviour.
November 26, 2015 - 1.3 MiB

Alcohol Action Ireland Pre Budget Submission 2016

Alcohol Action Ireland recommends that excise duty on all alcohol products be increased in Budget 2016 so that the price of alcohol is set at a level that reflects its significant health, social, and economic impacts; the wide range of harm its consumption causes to others; the costs borne by the State and, ultimately, the taxpayer. We also recommend the introduction of a social responsibility levy on the alcohol industry, which currently makes no direct contribution to addressing the considerable financial burden the consumption of its products places on the State.

August 19, 2015 - 830.8 KiB

National Cancer Strategy Submission

Alcohol Action Ireland's submission on a National Cancer Strategy. Alcohol consumption can cause cancer of the mouth, pharynx, larynx, oesophagus, liver, bowel and female breast. Research conducted by the National Cancer Control Programme in 2013 found that alcohol is associated with approximately 900 new cancer cases per year and 500 cancer deaths.
August 4, 2015 - 282.8 KiB

National Maternity Strategy Submission

Alcohol Action Ireland's submission on a National Maternity Strategy, which focuses on the risks of alcohol consumption during pregnancy.
July 29, 2015 - 265.3 KiB

Conference Programme

Girls, Women and Alcohol: The changing nature of female alcohol consumption in Ireland
April 20, 2015 - 669.9 KiB

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Public Health (Alcohol) Bill 2015

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar published far-reaching legislation to tackle Ireland’s ongoing problem with alcohol misuse and reduce consumption. The Public Health (Alcohol) Bill treats this as a public health issue for the first time and aims to reduce the damage that alcohol causes to individuals and to society. Its goal is to reduce average annual alcohol consumption in Ireland from 11 to 9.1 litres per person by 2020.
December 17, 2015 - 548.7 KiB

The Irish Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) Study 2014

HBSC collects information on key indicators of health, health attitudes and health behaviour, as well as the context of health for young people. HBSC is a school-based survey with data collected through self-completion questionnaires administered by teachers in the classroom. Areas addressed include general health, smoking, use of alcohol and other substances, food and dietary behaviour, exercise and physical activity, self-care, injuries, bullying, including cyber bullying and sexual health behaviours. There was an overall decrease in reported levels of smoking and drunkenness and an increase in levels of never drinking between 2010 and 2014. Smoking, alcohol use and cannabis use were more commonly reported among boys and older children while social class differences were not evident.
December 17, 2015 - 927.4 KiB

Healthy Ireland Survey 2015: Summary of Findings

The Healthy Ireland Survey is an interviewer-administered survey with interviews conducted on a face-to-face basis with individuals aged 15 and over. The initial wave of this survey involved 7,539 interviews. Fieldwork was conducted between November 2014 and August 2015.
October 7, 2015 - 3.5 MiB

Alcohol and Society 2014: The Effects of Low-Dose Alcohol Consumption

A research report from IOGT-NTO and the Swedish Society of Medicine, where experts examine the latest global research on low-dose alcohol consumption.
August 6, 2015 - 9.4 MiB

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health and Children launch of Report on the Pre- legislative Scrutiny of the General Scheme of the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill 2015

Following publication of the General Heads of the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill 2015 the Joint Committee on Health and Children undertook to carry out pre-legislative scrutiny (PLS) on these proposals.
June 22, 2015 - 1.1 MiB

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