Alcohol, self-harm and suicide – an all-island perspective

The North South Alcohol Policy Advisory Group invites you to a Knowledge Exchange Seminar: Alcohol, self-harm and suicide -an all-island perspective It takes place on Wednesday, May 3, 2017, from 10am to 4pm at Chartered Accountants House, 47-49 Pearse Street, Dublin 2. This seminar will… Full Story»

High prevalence of ‘pre-drinking’ and heavy drinking identified in new survey

Alcohol Action Ireland has described the findings of a new survey on ‘pre-drinking’ as worrying, due to the prevalence of harmful drinking patterns identified in Ireland. The survey, published in Drug and Alcohol Review, examined the effects of drinking, heavy drinking and drink prices on… Full Story»

Almost 1/3 of road fatalities in 2014 had consumed alcohol

The preliminary findings of a new report, which examined the toxicology reports of those killed in road crashes in 2014, has revealed that 31% of people killed had alcohol in their system at the time of their deaths. The examination of toxicology reports for 2014*… Full Story»

‘Drink less, gain more’ – HSE launches AskAboutAlcohol.ie

The HSE has launched a new website for the public on alcohol – about how much we’re drinking, how it affects our health, and how we can gain more by drinking less. Speaking at today’s launch of AskAboutAlcohol.ie, Dr Stephanie O’Keeffe, HSE National Director for… Full Story»

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»

Public Health (Alcohol) BIll Factsheet

Information on the Government's proposed Public Health (Alcohol) Bill.
January 21, 2014 - 373.5 KiB

Facing 'The Fear': Alcohol and Mental Health in Ireland

The programme for Alcohol Action Ireland's 2013 Conference, Facing 'The Fear': Alcohol and Mental Health in Ireland.
November 14, 2013 - 243.8 KiB

Submission by Alcohol Action Ireland to the Public Consultation on Tourism Policy by the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport

Among the top six reasons listed by visitors for coming to Ireland in the most recent Failte Ireland tourism survey, alcohol did not feature in any way. 97% of holidaymakers visited Ireland for its friendly hospitable people and 91% for its beautiful scenery. Why then, with so much to offer, do we insist on thrusting a pint of Guinness into the hand of every notable dignitary that comes to visit?

November 12, 2013 - 293.1 KiB

Alcohol Action Ireland Pre Budget Submission 2014

Alcohol Action Ireland's Pre-Budget Submission 2014 calls for the introduction of minimum pricing. Minimum pricing has the potential to significantly reduce alcohol-related harm in Ireland, resulting in a reduction of the substantial costs incurred by the State and the number of lives lost due to alcohol in Ireland every year. It would effectively target those drinkers choosing the cheapest and strongest alcohol products, who would benefit most from a reduction in their consumption, while having little or no effect on low-risk drinkers. In conjunction with minimum pricing, a very modest "social responsibility" levy on the alcohol industry would make a significant contribution to funding activities and initiatives that would help to reduce the social and health harms caused by its products in Ireland.
September 23, 2013 - 704.6 KiB

Submission To The Joint Committee On Transport And Communications On Alcohol Sponsorship Of Sports

Alcohol Action Ireland's submission to the Joint Committee On Transport And Communications On Alcohol Sponsorship Of Sports, which was considering the proposed ban on alcohol sponsorship of sports, aa set out in the Steering Group Report on the National Substance MIsuse Strategy, and its potential mipact on sporting organisations. Also included are the statements made to the Committee, during a hearing on the issue, by Alcohol Action Ireland board members Dr Bobby Smyth and Professor Joe Barry.
July 30, 2013 - 396.3 KiB

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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

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

Estimates from the Northern Ireland (NI) adaptation of the Sheffield Alcohol Policy Model-version 3 (SAPM3) suggest: Minimum Unit Pricing (MUP) policies would be effective in reducing alcohol consumption, alcohol related harms (including alcohol-related deaths, hospitalisations, crimes and workplace absences) and the costs associated with those harms.
December 3, 2014 - 2.7 MiB

Impact of minimum price per unit of alcohol on patients with liver disease in UK

A study of liver patients by the University of Southampton shows that a Minimum Unit Price (MUP) policy for alcohol is exquisitely targeted towards the heaviest drinkers with cirrhosis. Published today in Clinical Medicine, the peer review journal for the Royal College of Physicians, the researchers studied the amount and type of alcohol drunk by 404 liver patients, and also asked patients how much they paid for alcohol. They found that patients with alcohol related cirrhosis were drinking on average the equivalent of four bottles of vodka each week, and were buying the cheapest booze they could find, paying around 33p per unit, irrespective of their income. In contrast low risk moderate drinkers were paying on average £1.10 per unit. If the UK government set a MUP at 50p, it wouldn’t affect pubs or bars and would have no impact on moderate drinkers; the average cost would be £4 per year and 90% would not be affected at all. The impact on heavy drinking liver patients would be at least 200 times higher.
August 5, 2014 - 312.1 KiB

Irish Alcohol Diaries 2013

Figures published by the Health Research Board confirm that Irish drinking patterns are harmful and almost one in fourteen drinkers meet criteria for dependent drinking. The figures were captured as part of the first National Alcohol Diary Survey involving almost 6,000 people, aged 18-75 years, across Ireland during 2013.
June 23, 2014 - 1.3 MiB

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