Tue 19 Jun

TDs asked to step ‘through the looking glass’ to create a strange parallel world, free from alcohol risk.

Dáil Éireann's Select Committee on Health to take Public Health Alcohol Bill Committee Stage, Wednesday 20thJune, and to consider yet further dilution of the Bill’s provisions. Alcohol Action Ireland today (Wednesday, 20 June) has called for an end to alcohol...


Wed 30 May

900 days since the Public Health Alcohol Bill began its legislative journey, and still no end in sight.

As this week (28 May) marks the passing of 900 days since the Public Health Alcohol Bill began its legislative passage through the Houses of the Oireachtas, Alcohol Action Ireland has called on the Minister for Health, Simon Harris TD,...


Tue 22 May

Opinion Piece: Why we must regulate the labelling of alcohol products.

In recent weeks there has been a sustained undermining of the Government’s proposed Public Health Alcohol Bill, and specifically, the measures to regulate the labelling of alcohol products to include nutritional and health warning information. Much of this negative comment...

Suicide in Ireland: 2003 - 2008

This report, which was carried out by Prof Kevin Malone of UCD’s school of medicine and St Vincent’s hospital, and funded by the charity 3Ts (Turn the Tide of Suicide), found that alcohol was a factor in half of the cases of suicide it looked at. The study is based on interviews with families involving 104 suicides between 2003 and 2008. The vast majority of those who died (84) were males, with 14 people taking their lives when they were aged 20 — the highest number of suicides among any one age group.

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Framing the alcohol policy debate: industry actors and the regulation of the UK beverage alcohol market

This article explores alcohol industry attempts to frame the debate about pricing and promotions policy in the United Kingdom. Framing theory, it is argued, offers us important insights into the dynamics of the policymaking process as a contest between competing conceptualizations of both problems and solutions. Drawing on a documentary analysis and a series of interviews with policymakers, public health advocates and alcohol industry actors, it argues that industry actors framed the policy debate in ways which were consistent with their underlying commercial interests. A clear challenge was posed to the industry by the shift towards whole-population interventions favored by the Scottish government. This led to a reassertion of the industry frame in which alcohol-related harm is limited to a small minority of the population and which advocates targeted interventions.

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Preventing Alcohol Use Disorders Among Children and Adolescents in the EU

A report commissioned by the EU cites research showing the long-term health effects of even moderate drinking among children. "Preventing Alcohol Use Disorders Among Children and Adolescents in the EU" was published by the Working Group on the Quality of Childhood at the European Parliament. The Working Group is a think-tank informing policy makers and other interested parties about current issues concerning childhood and adolescence and offering policy recommendations to EU institutions and member states.

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