Ireland’s per capita alcohol consumption increased in 2016

Alcohol consumption in Ireland increased during 2016, according to provisional figures released by the Revenue Commissioners. The figures show that per capita alcohol consumption was 11.46 litres of pure alcohol per person aged 15+ in 2016, an increase of 4.8% from 2015, when it was… Full Story»

Alcohol is having a devastating impact on our young people’s mental health – Minister McEntee

National Taskforce on Youth Mental Health discusses the damage alcohol is doing to the mental health of our young people in the context of the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill Minister of State for Mental Health and Older People Helen McEntee today (Wednesday) reiterated her support… Full Story»

Cabinet approves legislation brought forward by Minister Shane Ross to ensure that all drivers detected drink driving receive a disqualification

The Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross TD, has welcomed the decision of the Government earlier today to approve the General Scheme of a Road Traffic (Fixed Penalty – Drink Driving) Bill 2017. Speaking today the Minister said: “The evidence shows that despite… Full Story»

NAGP Supports Public Health (Alcohol) Bill

The National Association of General Practitioners (NAGP) has given its support to the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill and urged the Government not to bow to pressure from private interests. The GP body say the Legislative Bill puts health before profit. Family doctors, as the first point… Full Story»

Latest alcohol industry report once again puts narrow sectoral interests ahead of public health

Alcohol Action Ireland has said the latest report from the Alcohol Beverage Federation of Ireland (ABFI) once again puts narrow sectoral interests ahead of public health. “It is clear from this report that the alcohol industry views the potential impact of Brexit as a crisis… Full Story»

Pre Budget Submission 2015

Alcohol Action Ireland's Pre-Budget Submission 2015.
September 3, 2014 - 331.0 KiB

Submission to the "Working Group on Regulating Sponsorship by Alcohol Companies of Major Sporting Events"

Alcohol Action Ireland's submission to the "Working Group on Regulating Sponsorship by Alcohol Companies of Major Sporting Events". This submission sets out the issues surrounding alcohol sponsorship of sport in Ireland and why implementing a ban will be a key part of any plan to reduce alcohol-related harm.
June 18, 2014 - 4.9 MiB

Alcohol & Pregnancy Leaflet

It is in a child’s best interests for a prospective mother not to drink alcohol while pregnant, due to the risk of damaging the physical and mental development of the unborn child – damage which can have serious, life-long consequences.
March 28, 2014 - 335.1 KiB

Outcomes from the conference, Facing 'The Fear': Alcohol and Mental Health in Ireland

Alcohol's role as a serious risk factor in mental health difficulties, including suicide, self-harm and depression, was examined by expert speakers at a conference held in November 2013 by Alcohol Action Ireland, the national charity for alcohol-related issues.
March 11, 2014 - 1.7 MiB

Submission to the Advertising Standards Authority for Ireland on The Review of the Code of Standards for Advertising

In Ireland there is no statutory regulation of alcohol marketing, only voluntary codes. The codes themselves do not adequately address digital marketing - one of the most potent channels for target marketing to young people. Alcohol marketing, including advertising, sponsorship and other forms of promotion, increases the likelihood that adolescents will start to use alcohol, and to drink more if they are already using alcohol.

Due to the lack of effective regulations and legislation, young people are poorly protected from these sophisticated and powerful influences on their drinking behaviour and expectations. Alcohol Action Ireland recently made a submission to the Advertising Standards Association of Ireland’s Code review and proposed some practical and realistic measures to help reduce children’s exposure to alcohol marketing, both online and in the mainstream media.
February 11, 2014 - 434.8 KiB

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Alcohol and Society 2014: The Effects of Low-Dose Alcohol Consumption

A research report from IOGT-NTO and the Swedish Society of Medicine, where experts examine the latest global research on low-dose alcohol consumption.
August 6, 2015 - 9.4 MiB

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health and Children launch of Report on the Pre- legislative Scrutiny of the General Scheme of the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill 2015

Following publication of the General Heads of the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill 2015 the Joint Committee on Health and Children undertook to carry out pre-legislative scrutiny (PLS) on these proposals.
June 22, 2015 - 1.1 MiB

Model-based appraisal of minimum unit pricing for alcohol in the Republic of Ireland

In 2013, the Department of Health, in conjunction with Northern Ireland, commissioned the Sheffield Alcohol Research Group (SARG) at the University of Sheffield to conduct a health impact assessment as part of the process of developing a legislative basis for minimum unit pricing. The health impact assessment studied the impact of different minimum prices on a range of areas such as health, crime and likely economic impact. It also compared minimum unit pricing to other pricing policies.
March 11, 2015 - 2.7 MiB

General Scheme of the Public Health Alcohol Bill 2015

The General Scheme of the Public Health Alcohol Bill 2015, published by the Department of Health in February 2015.
February 10, 2015 - 241.8 KiB

Creating Customers - Finding new ways and places to sell alcohol, and new people to buy it

“Creating Customers" looks at the many ways alcohol producers find new ways and places to sell alcohol, and new people to sell it to – in the UK and around the world.

The report examines how alcohol is marketed to women (both as a calorie-laden indulgence and as an aid to weight loss), and to particular ethnic groups; and how big drinks companies are working to drive up consumption in parts of Africa, Asia and Latin America where levels of drinking have traditionally been low. It also highlights how the industry undermines it own pledges to encourage the safe use of alcohol.

Whilst recognising that alcohol is a legitimate product, the report argues that the drinks industry’s business imperative to sell more alcohol means it is not well placed to advise us how to use it safely and healthily. It includes a series of recommendations for effective regulation of the alcohol industry and its marketing campaigns, and for ending the industry’s involvement formulating public policy and information on safe drinking.
December 17, 2014 - 1.8 MiB

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