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...


Thu 17 Jan

Alcohol Action Ireland launches initiative on impacts of parental alcohol misuse on children

Alcohol Action Ireland has today (17.01.19) launched a new initiative to raise awareness of the experience of growing up in Ireland with parental alcohol misuse.  Called Silent Voices, it aims to end the silence of this experience, by promoting an...


Mon 14 Jan

Alcohol Action Ireland welcomes reports that Minister Harris will press ahead with the introduction of Minimum Unit Pricing.

Alcohol Action Ireland today welcomed the reporting of the Minster for Health, Simon Harris’ intention to implement Minimum Unit Pricing ‘as soon as possible to address the health harms and cost associated with harmful alcohol consumption’. Ireland’s harmful relationship with...

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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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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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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