Results from the fifth Adult Drinking Patterns Survey were published today. ~ Tuesday, 19 August 2014 The survey was conducted between 1 October 2013 and 30 November 2013 across a sample of private households in Northern Ireland. The last survey was carried out in 2011.… Full Story»
Australians have become accustomed to labels on cigarettes warning about the risk of smoking causing cancer and other diseases. And our research, published in the latest edition of BMC Public Health, shows similar labels could help consumers better understand the harms of drinking alcohol. From… Full Story»
People living in states with stronger alcohol policy environments have a substantially lower likelihood of any binge drinking, frequent binge drinking, and high-intensity binge drinking, according to a new study by researchers at the Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH) and Boston Medical Center… Full Story»
CIGARETTE-LIKE warnings should be made compulsory on alcohol packaging in order to inform the public of the dangers of excessive drinking, campaigners have said. From Independent.ie Politicians and awareness groups here are backing the idea that bottles of wine, beer and spirits should carry health… Full Story»
Alcohol Action Ireland, the national charity for alcohol-related issues, has called on pubs and nightclubs not to use cheap alcohol promotions to target young people planning on celebrating their Leaving Cert results this week. “It’s natural that students want to go out, have a good… 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
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