Wed 15 Nov

Alcohol Health Alliance Ireland welcomes important ruling on Minimum Unit Pricing for Scotland

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister for Health Simon Harris must now urgently progress the Public Health Alcohol Bill   Today, the Supreme Court in London, ruled that Minimum Unit Pricing (MUP) of alcoholic drinks is lawful in Scotland. Rejecting the...


Wed 15 Nov

MUP decision of the UK Supreme Court represents a significant victory for public health

Alcohol Action Ireland welcomes with the decision of the UK Supreme Court - it represents a significant victory for public health   Alcohol Action Ireland today (Wednesday 15 Nov) welcomed the judgement from the UK Supreme Court, unanimously dismissing the...


Fri 10 Nov

1.35 million people continuing to have a harmful relationship with alcohol finally resonating with our legislators

Reflecting on this week’s debate on the Public Health Alcohol Bill in Seanad Éireann, concluding Committee Stage, Alcohol Action Ireland believe it is clear there is now a firm resolve amongst Senators who, in recognising the impact of alcohol related...

A Report on the Excess Burden of Cancer Among Men in the Republic of Ireland

The report provides a most valuable overview of the significant issues influencing male mortality and cancer risk. While genetic risk factors for developing cancer can be attributed to a proportion of cancer incidences across a number of cancer sites, lifestyle factors such as smoking, alcohol use, diet and obesity impact significantly upon cancer incidence and are considerably more important. This report makes a number of recommendations around alcohol in Ireland. A recent study on the burden of alcohol consumption on incidence of cancer in eight European countries reported that up to 10% of cancers in men and 3% of cancers in women may be attributed to alcohol consumption. In the Republic of Ireland, the most recent SLÁN data indicates that men are approximately twice as likely as women to report drinking over the weekly limit and to binge drink.

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The impact of the Alcohol Act on off-trade alcohol sales in Scotland

Researchers at NHS Health Scotland and the University of Glasgow found that the Alcohol etc. (Scotland) Act which included a ban on multi-buy promotions, was associated with a 4% drop in the amount of wine sold in Scotland's supermarkets and off-licences. In the year since the Act was introduced, there was a 2.6% decrease in the amount of alcohol sold per adult in Scotland.

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Children’s and young people’s exposure to alcohol advertising

This report from Ofcom sets out the findings of analysis examining trends in young people's exposure to television advertising of alcoholic products in the UK between 2007 and 2011. The analysis looks at trends among children aged 4-15 (including sub-groups of 4-9 and 10-15 year olds) and adults aged 16-24 (including the sub-group 16-17 year olds1). The report looks at how the amount of advertising seen by these demographic groups has changed and considers this in the context of changes in viewing habits and the volume of advertising shown on commercial television channels. The report shows that children in the UK saw an average of 3.7 alcohol adverts per week in 2010 and 3.2 in 2011, compared with 2.7 in 2000.

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