Tue 12 Mar

Alcohol Action Ireland disappointed by latest alcohol consumption data for 2018

Alcohol Action Ireland today (Tues, 12 March) note the data released by Revenue: provisional alcohol clearances and receipts 2018. This data disappointingly indicates that alcohol consumption remains stubbornly high at 11 litres per capita. Alcohol receipts for the year ended...


Fri 08 Mar

Latest data on alcohol implicated drug poisoning deaths highlights the urgent need for introduction of Minimum Unit Pricing.

The latest data from the Health Research Board (HRB: 8th March) highlights the prominent role alcohol has in so many unnecessary deaths. Alcohol was implicated in 132 deaths in 2016. That is 37% of all drug poisoning deaths; 354 deaths...


Wed 13 Feb

Alcohol Action Ireland calls for concerted effort from all stakeholders to ensure alcohol does not hinder Irish holidaymakers safe travel

Last summer (2018) witnessed a variety of incidences for holidaymakers where excessive alcohol was central - some involving significant operational cost and disruption while others, regrettably, had more tragic outcomes. These incidences must be, and can be, avoided if all parties involved...

Minimum Pricing Fact Sheet

Getting The Facts Right on Minimum Pricing is a fact sheet from Alcohol Action Ireland answering all the key questions about minimum pricing.

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"Time Please... For Change"

Alcohol Action Ireland's annual conference programme. "Time Please... For Change" saw a number of expert national and international speakers examining key initiatives that could make a real difference to Ireland’s harmful relationship with alcohol.

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Alcohol Action Ireland’s submission to the Seanad Public Consultation Committee on Alcohol and Cancer

Alcohol Action Ireland’s submission to the Seanad Public Consultation Committee for its February 2013 Report on Changes in Lifestyle can prevent approximately one third of Cancers. How does Government and society respond to this challenge?

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Eat, drink and gamble: marketing messages about 'risky' products in an Australian major sporting series

The authors, based at different universities in Australia, undertook this study to investigate the alcohol, gambling, and unhealthy food marketing strategies during a nationally televised, free to air, sporting series in Australia. A content analysis of one of Australia’s premier sport event, the 2012 State of Origin three-game series of rugby, identified 4.062 instances of alcohol marketing in 360 minutes of televised coverage. On average each of the three games included 1.353 instances of alcohol marketing, amounting to 66.29 minutes per game.
This study concludes that sport is increasingly used as “a vehicle for the promotion of range of 'risky consumption' products”. They argue that their study raises important ethical and health policy questions about the extent and impact of saturation and incidental marketing strategies on health and wellbeing, the transparency of embedded marketing strategies, and how these strategies may influence product consumption.

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Focus On Alcohol Misuse Among Older People

Many public health campaigns on the misuse of alcohol are aimed at younger age groups. However, there is evidence that alcohol misuse is increasing in people over the age of 65. For a variety of reasons, alcohol misuse among these older people may go unnoticed.
In the Republic of Ireland (ROI), alcohol consumption among the over 65s is lower than other age groups, and 23% of that age group have never drank. However, 10% of those over 65 are consuming alcohol on four or more days per week, higher than any other age group. While younger people in Northern Ireland (NI) drink more than those in older age groups, 16% of people aged 60-74 exceed the weekly guidelines for sensible drinking.
This edition of the CARDI “Focus on . . .” series looks at alcohol misuse among older people across the island of Ireland and asks if more could be done in policy and social work terms to address the associated health and welfare issues among older age groups.

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Examining the impact of a ban on ‘below cost selling’ in the UK

In July 2013, the UK Government announced that it intended to introduce a ban on retailing alcoholic drinks for less than the cost of the duty and VAT payable on the product. Typically referred to as a ban on below cost selling (BBCS). This addendum reports the results of a further appraisal of the new BBCS policy by the University of Sheffiled, as requested by Government, and compares the potential impact of this policy against a 45p minimum unit price.

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