Mon 17 Jul

New opinion poll shows overwhelming public support for Government action to curb alcohol marketing that appeals to young people

New opinion poll shows overwhelming public support for Government action to curb alcohol marketing that appeals to young people   82% of people who support this action are Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil supporters   A new opinion poll commissioned...


Fri 07 Jul

Response to Irish Media Industry report

The Public Health (Alcohol) Bill contains a range of measures designed to work cohesively to reduce alcohol consumption in Ireland so lessening alcohol related harms. Implemented together, they will provide a reasonable, pragmatic means to achieving the ambition of this...


Wed 05 Jul

Alcohol Action Ireland welcomes today’s publication of the National Cancer Strategy 2017-2026.

The National Cancer Strategy 2017-2026 will focus on preventing cancer across Ireland's growing population, aims to diagnose cancer earlier, provide optimal care to patients and maximise the quality of life for who live with cancer.   Commenting on the Strategy,...

Global status report on alcohol and health

The average amount drunk in Ireland is 15th highest worldwide. Figures published by the World Health Organisation (Ireland report- Global status report on alcohol and health (WHO, 2011) disclose that the average Irish person drinks more 14.4 litres of pure alcohol a year - higher than the European average

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Second Report of the Suicide Support and Information System

The Second Report of the Suicide Support and Information System identified alcohol and drug abuse as a major risk factor for suicide across the identified subgroups and made a number of recommendations to reflect this. The report fouind that the presence of alcohol and/or drug abuse was known for 173 cases, which was confirmed for 60.7%. Among these, 48.6% had abused alcohol, 21% had abused drugs and 27.6% had abused both alcohol and drugs.

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The National Registry of Deliberate Self Harm 2012

The National Registry of Deliberate Self Harm in Ireland's annual report for 2012 from the National Suicide Research Foundation found that Alcohol was involved in 38% of all cases. While overall alcohol involvement decreased slightly from 2011, alcohol was significantly more often involved in male episodes of self-harm than female episodes (42% versus 36%, respectively). Alcohol may be one of the factors underlying the pattern of presentations with deliberate self-harm by time of day and day of week. Presentations peaked in the hours around midnight and almost one-third of all presentations occurred on Sundays and Mondays. In addition, the Registry identified an increased number of self-harm presentations to hospital associated with some public holidays.

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An Empirical Evaluation of the US Beer Institute’s Self-Regulation Code Governing the Content of Beer Advertising

In an evaluation of beer advertising code regulations aimed to encourage responsible advertising practices, new research from the American Journal of Public Health finds that content violations still occur and the current U.S. Beer Institute’s self-regulation process may be ineffective. Researchers reviewed all alcohol advertisements that aired during the men’s and women’s NCAA basketball tournament games from 1999 to 2008. Current alcohol advertising is self-regulated by the alcohol industry in which the U.S. Beer Institute develops, updates and enforces the regulation codes. This study employed academic and public health professionals to rate the ads using both the 1997 and 2006 versions of the U.S. Beer Institute’s guidelines.

Results showed that when experts reviewed the advertisements, code violations were prevalent. Between 35 percent and 74 percent of the ads had violations, depending on the version of regulation codes used and the scoring method applied. Furthermore, ads with content violations were broadcast more often than those without. Ads that violated the codes most often included content that appealed to young people and content in which beer drinking was associated with social success and sexual attractiveness.

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