James Bond’s love of martinis would have left him both shaken and stirred as he consumed four times the weekly recommended alcohol limit, doctors have said. From The Telegraph Despite his dangerous exploits, the famous spy was more at risk of dying from liver disease… Full Story»
Gardai are set to increase the number of mandatory breath tests performed on drivers over the Christmas period. From Independent.ie Random breath testing will be carried out on a 24/7 basis, gardai say, in an effort to tackle the issue of drink driving. Speeding enforcement… Full Story»
Many people consume more alcohol than usual during the festive period, so pharmacists are reminding people of the dangers of mixing alcohol with medicines. From Irishhealth.com They warned that consuming alcohol while taking medicines, even in small amounts, can have ‘unpredictable effects’. In many cases,… Full Story»
The Dr Foster report on hospital admissions linked to drink or drugsdetails the latest instalment in our troubled relationship with alcohol. More than half a million people have been admitted over three years with alcohol- and drug-related harm and the cost to the NHS is £607m a year. The… Full Story»
Alcohol’s role as a serious risk factor in mental health difficulties was put under the spotlight at a national conference held by Alcohol Action Ireland, the national charity for alcohol-related issues, recently. Facing ‘The Fear’: Alcohol and Mental Health in Ireland took place at the… Full Story»
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
Alcohol Action Ireland's Pre-Budget Submission 2014 calls for the introduction of minimum pricing. Minimum pricing has the potential to significantly reduce alcohol-related harm in Ireland, resulting in a reduction of the substantial costs incurred by the State and the number of lives lost due to alcohol in Ireland every year. It would effectively target those drinkers choosing the cheapest and strongest alcohol products, who would benefit most from a reduction in their consumption, while having little or no effect on low-risk drinkers. In conjunction with minimum pricing, a very modest "social responsibility" levy on the alcohol industry would make a significant contribution to funding activities and initiatives that would help to reduce the social and health harms caused by its products in Ireland.
September 23, 2013 - 704.6 KiB
Alcohol Action Ireland's submission to the Joint Committee On Transport And Communications On Alcohol Sponsorship Of Sports, which was considering the proposed ban on alcohol sponsorship of sports, aa set out in the Steering Group Report on the National Substance MIsuse Strategy, and its potential mipact on sporting organisations. Also included are the statements made to the Committee, during a hearing on the issue, by Alcohol Action Ireland board members Dr Bobby Smyth and Professor Joe Barry.
July 30, 2013 - 396.3 KiB
You may be surprised to learn that the more alcohol you drink, the more you increase your risk of developing a number of cancers. While there is no "no risk" level for drinking alcohol, by keeping within moderate limits you are reducing your risk. Information about the relationship between alcohol and cancer and tips to help you drink less are available in Alcohol Action Ireland’s leaflet "Reduce Your Drinking: Reduce Your Cancer Risk".
April 8, 2013 - 227.0 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