An urgent opportunity to reduce alcohol harm in Ireland

A letter to the editor from the Alcohol Health Alliance on the new Government and the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill: Dear Editor, We welcome the Government commitment to enacting the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill in the Programme for Partnership Government and fully support its prompt… Full Story»

Irish efforts to reduce alcohol-related harm should not be blocked

Read the letter that The European Association for the Study of the Liver and five other European health organisations, including Alcohol Action Ireland, wrote to the EU Commission Vice-President Timmermans today calling on him to ensure that the Commission does not block Irish efforts to… Full Story»

We need to protect young people from drink culture

A CHILD’S birthday party that spiralled out of control due to the actions of a number of drunk teenagers made for quite a cautionary tale in a recent edition of the Dublin People. We should be striving to give children every opportunity we can, including… Full Story»

Making the healthy choice an easier one will not turn Ireland into a Nanny State

People looking at the recently published Nanny State Index would do well to ask who really has their best interests at heart before accepting that Ireland is one of ‘the worst places in the European Union to eat, drink, smoke and vape’. This index has… Full Story»

Alcohol Action Ireland response to Drinks Industry Group of Ireland statement

Alcohol Action Ireland has responded to a statement issued by the Drinks Industry Group of Ireland: Latest Revenue Commissioner Data Shows Alcohol Consumption in Ireland Continues to Fall. “There was a very slight, but welcome decrease of less than one per cent in our alcohol… Full Story»

Alcohol Health Alliance Ireland conference poster

A conference poster designed to highlight the work of Alcohol Health Alliance Ireland.
May 25, 2016 - 1.3 MiB

Public Health (Alcohol) Bill - A Summary

A brief summary of the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill, including what this legislation aims to do, why it is needed, and what measures it contains.
February 9, 2016 - 154.5 KiB

Alcohol Marketing and Young People's Drinking Behaviour in Ireland

A study carried out by the Health Promotion Research Centre at NUI Galway, commissioned by Alcohol Action Ireland, found that Irish children are exposed to large volumes of alcohol marketing, which increases their likelihood of drinking alcohol and engaging in risky drinking behaviour.
November 26, 2015 - 1.3 MiB

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

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Alcohol: the Irish situation

A factsheet on alcohol in Ireland by the Health Research Board (HRB) National Drugs Library.
April 13, 2016 - 259.8 KiB

Public Health (Alcohol) Bill 2015

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar published far-reaching legislation to tackle Ireland’s ongoing problem with alcohol misuse and reduce consumption. The Public Health (Alcohol) Bill treats this as a public health issue for the first time and aims to reduce the damage that alcohol causes to individuals and to society. Its goal is to reduce average annual alcohol consumption in Ireland from 11 to 9.1 litres per person by 2020.
December 17, 2015 - 548.7 KiB

The Irish Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) Study 2014

HBSC collects information on key indicators of health, health attitudes and health behaviour, as well as the context of health for young people. HBSC is a school-based survey with data collected through self-completion questionnaires administered by teachers in the classroom. Areas addressed include general health, smoking, use of alcohol and other substances, food and dietary behaviour, exercise and physical activity, self-care, injuries, bullying, including cyber bullying and sexual health behaviours. There was an overall decrease in reported levels of smoking and drunkenness and an increase in levels of never drinking between 2010 and 2014. Smoking, alcohol use and cannabis use were more commonly reported among boys and older children while social class differences were not evident.
December 17, 2015 - 927.4 KiB

Healthy Ireland Survey 2015: Summary of Findings

The Healthy Ireland Survey is an interviewer-administered survey with interviews conducted on a face-to-face basis with individuals aged 15 and over. The initial wave of this survey involved 7,539 interviews. Fieldwork was conducted between November 2014 and August 2015.
October 7, 2015 - 3.5 MiB

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

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