ALCOHOL PRICING, AVAILABILITY and sponsorship are set to be the primary targets of a new cross-party Oireachtas group on alcohol misuse that was launched today. From thejournali.e The initiative will be overseen by Alcohol Action Ireland and comprises membership from Fine Gael, Labour, Fianna Fail,… Full Story»
The Cross Party Oireachtas Group on Alcohol Misuse was launched in Leinster House today (04.03.2014) The informal, all-party group, which is being chaired by Labour Party TD, Ged Nash, is seeking to progress legislation and policy that can help reduce alcohol harm in Ireland, with… Full Story»
“If alcohol didn’t exist and it was discovered, I don’t think there’s a government in the world that would allow it,” said Alastair Campbell, the former Labour government spin doctor, on a visit to Dublin yesterday. “I know from my own days as a heavy… Full Story»
The older and allegedly wiser shake their heads at the sight of young people falling about on the street from the effects of too much drink. From The Irish Times Yet it is entirely possible that there is more dangerous drinking going on in the… Full Story»
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
The programme for Alcohol Action Ireland's 2013 Conference, Facing 'The Fear': Alcohol and Mental Health in Ireland.
November 14, 2013 - 243.8 KiB
Among the top six reasons listed by visitors for coming to Ireland in the most recent Failte Ireland tourism survey, alcohol did not feature in any way. 97% of holidaymakers visited Ireland for its friendly hospitable people and 91% for its beautiful scenery. Why then, with so much to offer, do we insist on thrusting a pint of Guinness into the hand of every notable dignitary that comes to visit?
November 12, 2013 - 293.1 KiB
Jemma Lennox, University of Glasgow, gave the talk, ‘You want people to say you have a fun life’: The role of alcohol in young adults’ identity creation on Facebook, as part of the Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems (SHAAP) and the Scottish Alcohol Research Network (SARN) ‘Alcohol Occasional’ seminars, which showcase new and innovative research on alcohol use. One of her findings was that although young people might believe that they are independently creating their identities online, this activity is highly influenced by others, including the alcohol industry, who promote drinking as central to the construction of a confident and outgoing social personality.
December 2, 2013 - 201.0 KiB
In recent years there has been increasing recognition that harm from alcohol not only affects the drinker, but also affects others around the drinker including family members, friends, co-workers and the wider community. Alcohol Focus Scotland commissioned this research study to better understand the scale and magnitude of alcohol’s harm to others in Scotland. To date, alcohol-related harm has been primarily considered in terms of the consequences to the drinker. This study has specifically focused on the harm experienced due to other people’s drinking to build a better understanding of this under-researched area of alcohol-related harm in Scotland.
December 2, 2013 - 210.0 KiB
This scoping exercise by NHS Soctland is intended to provide a national overview of the approaches developed and implemented to prevent or reduce harm to young people in Scotland caused by their own alcohol consumption. Information was gathered from practitioners in the NHS, Alcohol and Drug Partnerships (ADPs), statutory services and third sector organisations and is primarily intended to inform NHS Health Scotland programme planning, resource development and partnership working.
December 2, 2013 - 1.3 MiB
This report was commissioned from CPJ Consultants by the Department of Health. It sets out the issues relating to hazardous and harmful consumption of alcohol in Ireland. It looks at the international experience and policy response and makes recommendations about how the problems caused by hazardous alcohol consumption can and should be tackled in Ireland, with a specific focus on pricing policies.
October 31, 2013 - 1000.9 KiB
This fact sheet from EUCAM (The European Centre for Monitoring Alcohol Marketing) gives an overview of scientific studies measuring the effect of online alcohol marketing on the drinking of young people.
October 29, 2013 - 256.2 KiB