Letter from the Alcohol Health Alliance on the real cost of alcohol in Ireland

The Oireachtas Committee on Health and Children, chaired by Jerry Buttimer TD, has finished its work on the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill 2015. It has recommended the introduction of a series of amendments to the Bill that can reduce the number of men, women and… Full Story»

Doctors welcome Health Committee Report on Alcohol Legislation

Doctors have welcomed a report published today on the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill 2015 by the Joint Committee on Health and Children which supports the introduction of a minimum unit price of alcohol, the labeling of alcohol products with health warnings and putting the regulation… Full Story»

New alcohol legislation must include provision for robust labelling and code of conduct: Health Committee

New legislation on alcohol labelling should be treated in a similar fashion to tobacco legislation, to include clear, graphic and standardised health warnings for maximum effect, according to the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Health and Children. In a report on upcoming alcohol legislation, the Committee… Full Story»

Varadkar calls for Europe-wide action on alcohol at Council of Ministers

Speaking at the EPSCO Council of Ministers meeting in Luxembourg this morning, Minister for Health Leo Varadkar called on the European Commission to bring forward a European Strategy to tackle alcohol misuse, which is a major personal and public health problem across the continent. “Ireland… Full Story»

NGOs resign from Health Forum as European Commission ignores Member State and European Parliament calls for Alcohol Strategy

Public Health NGOs, including Alcohol Action Ireland, have today resigned from the EU Alcohol and Health Forum, following the announcement by Commissioner  Andriukaitis that he has no plans to establish a new EU Alcohol Strategy. The Commissioner’s decision goes against demands from Member States and… Full Story»

Conference Programme

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

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

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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

Model-based appraisal of minimum unit pricing for alcohol in the Republic of Ireland

In 2013, the Department of Health, in conjunction with Northern Ireland, commissioned the Sheffield Alcohol Research Group (SARG) at the University of Sheffield to conduct a health impact assessment as part of the process of developing a legislative basis for minimum unit pricing. The health impact assessment studied the impact of different minimum prices on a range of areas such as health, crime and likely economic impact. It also compared minimum unit pricing to other pricing policies.
March 11, 2015 - 2.7 MiB

General Scheme of the Public Health Alcohol Bill 2015

The General Scheme of the Public Health Alcohol Bill 2015, published by the Department of Health in February 2015.
February 10, 2015 - 241.8 KiB

Creating Customers - Finding new ways and places to sell alcohol, and new people to buy it

“Creating Customers" looks at the many ways alcohol producers find new ways and places to sell alcohol, and new people to sell it to – in the UK and around the world.

The report examines how alcohol is marketed to women (both as a calorie-laden indulgence and as an aid to weight loss), and to particular ethnic groups; and how big drinks companies are working to drive up consumption in parts of Africa, Asia and Latin America where levels of drinking have traditionally been low. It also highlights how the industry undermines it own pledges to encourage the safe use of alcohol.

Whilst recognising that alcohol is a legitimate product, the report argues that the drinks industry’s business imperative to sell more alcohol means it is not well placed to advise us how to use it safely and healthily. It includes a series of recommendations for effective regulation of the alcohol industry and its marketing campaigns, and for ending the industry’s involvement formulating public policy and information on safe drinking.
December 17, 2014 - 1.8 MiB

Model - based appraisal of minimum unit pricing for alcohol in Northern Ireland

Estimates from the Northern Ireland (NI) adaptation of the Sheffield Alcohol Policy Model-version 3 (SAPM3) suggest: Minimum Unit Pricing (MUP) policies would be effective in reducing alcohol consumption, alcohol related harms (including alcohol-related deaths, hospitalisations, crimes and workplace absences) and the costs associated with those harms.
December 3, 2014 - 2.7 MiB

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