Alcohol industry funded campaigns talk about culture, but disown any role in creating it

The Diageo-funded ‘Stop Out of Control Drinking’ report launched this week is primarily focused on culture and tells us that our harmful drinking is ‘deeply rooted in our culture, traditions and lifestyles’. It’s hard to disagree with that. However, it is not surprising that whereas… Full Story»

‘No alcohol, no risk’ is the message on international FASD Day

There is no safe level of alcohol consumption during pregnancy, Irish women are being reminded on international Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Day, September 9. Suzanne Costello, CEO of Alcohol Action Ireland, the national charity for alcohol-related issues, said it’s in a child’s best interests… Full Story»

Alcohol should play no part in Junior Cert celebrations, warns Alcohol Action Ireland

“It’s natural that students who are getting their Junior Cert results this week want to celebrate with their friends. This is an important milestone for them and they should enjoy the celebrations after three years working towards their exams,” said Conor Cullen, Head of Communications… Full Story»

Advocate General’s opinion indicates that Irish Government can proceed with a minimum unit price for alcohol

Alcohol Action Ireland, the national charity for alcohol-related issues, said the Advocate General’s opinion, issued this morning, is encouraging as it indicates that minimum unit pricing (MUP) for alcohol is not precluded by EU law if it is considered to be a better measure than… Full Story»

Irish tourism should not be allowed to serve as a smokescreen for the campaign for cheaper alcohol

Irish tourism has been placed at the centre of the alcohol industry’s campaign for cheaper alcohol in an attempt to mask the hugely damaging impact an excise duty cut would have on our health and wellbeing, according to Alcohol Action Ireland, the national charity for… Full Story»

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

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

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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

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

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