Tue 13 Mar

We deserve better – reaction to alcohol industry self-regulatory proposal for labelling 

JOINT PRESS STATEMENT  Brussels, Belgium, 12th March 2018  We deserve better – reaction to alcohol industry self-regulatory proposal for labelling  Last year the European Commission provided the alcohol industry with the opportunity to come up with a self-regulatory proposal on...

Tue 06 Mar

Public Health Alcohol Bill remains the key legislative framework to sustain a new momentum to reduce our consumption levels

Alcohol Action note today’s (6th March) release from Revenue on the provisional alcohol clearance data for 2017 and welcomes a downward indicator for the nation’s alcohol consumption. The data for 2016 had demonstrated a 4.8% increase while 2017, using revised...

Tue 06 Feb

Public Health (Alcohol) Bill offers Dáil Éireann historic opportunity to deal with Ireland’s harmful relationship with alcohol

Alcohol Action Ireland today welcomed the commencement of the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill before Dáil Éireann this evening (6th Feb). This marks a major milestone for the proposed legislation especially at a time when alcohol consumption in Ireland continues to...

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 Health Alliance Ireland conference poster

A conference poster designed to highlight the work of Alcohol Health Alliance Ireland.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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