Mon 16 Oct

Public Health Alcohol policy must be protected from distortion by vested interests

There is no equivalence between business lobbyists and public health advocates   In recent weeks as the battle for the public ‘hearts and minds’ on the need for the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill and its measures has intensified, it is interesting...


Fri 22 Sep

The Drinks Industry can have their ads but they can’t have Christmas too!

The Alcohol Beverage Federation of Ireland (ABFI) have recently issued a statement, and supporting video advertorial on social media, again critical of the measures proposed in the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill. The piece criticises the measures as seeking the demise...


Tue 29 Aug

Alcohol Action Ireland publishes 2018 Pre-Budget submission

Media Statement From Alcohol Action Ireland Tuesday, 29th August 2017.   Alcohol Action Ireland call on government to retain the current level of excise duty Highlights the need to reconsider the introduction of a Social Responsibility levy on all alcohol...

Hidden Harm: The Impact of Parental Alcohol Misuse

An overview on Hidden Harm in Ireland for a briefing held by the Oireachtas Cross Party Group on Alcohol Harm in July 2016.

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Letter from Eurocare to Jean Todt, president of the International Automobile Federation (FIA),

A letter from the European Alcohol Policy Alliance (Eurocare) to Jean Todt, the president of Formula One's governing body, the International Automobile Federation (FIA), regarding alcohol sponsorship in Formula One.

The European Alcohol Policy Alliance (Eurocare) is an alliance of non-governmental and public health organisations with 60 member organisations across 25 European countries advocating prevention and reduction of alcohol related harm in Europe.

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Alcohol Marketing and Young People's Drinking Behaviour in Ireland

A conference poster summarising a study carried out by the Health Promotion Research Centre at NUI Galway, commissioned by Alcohol Action Ireland, which found that Irish children are exposed to large volumes of alcohol marketing, which increases their likelihood of drinking alcohol and engaging in risky drinking behaviour.

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Alcohol: the Irish situation

A factsheet on alcohol in Ireland by the Health Research Board (HRB) National Drugs Library.

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Public Health (Alcohol) Bill 2015

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar published far-reaching legislation to tackle Ireland’s ongoing problem with alcohol misuse and reduce consumption. The Public Health (Alcohol) Bill treats this as a public health issue for the first time and aims to reduce the damage that alcohol causes to individuals and to society. Its goal is to reduce average annual alcohol consumption in Ireland from 11 to 9.1 litres per person by 2020.

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The Irish Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) Study 2014

HBSC collects information on key indicators of health, health attitudes and health behaviour, as well as the context of health for young people. HBSC is a school-based survey with data collected through self-completion questionnaires administered by teachers in the classroom. Areas addressed include general health, smoking, use of alcohol and other substances, food and dietary behaviour, exercise and physical activity, self-care, injuries, bullying, including cyber bullying and sexual health behaviours. There was an overall decrease in reported levels of smoking and drunkenness and an increase in levels of never drinking between 2010 and 2014. Smoking, alcohol use and cannabis use were more commonly reported among boys and older children while social class differences were not evident.

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