Thu 21 Dec

Progressive steps to restrict alcohol advertising conditions taken by fellow EU Member Estonia

Alcohol Action Ireland applaud the Riigikogu (the Estonian parliament) who yesterday (20 Dec) passed innovative and progressive public health measures that will further restrict alcohol sales and advertising conditions in Estonia. Like Ireland, Estonia has prioritised the protection of public...


Tue 19 Dec

The alcohol industry and their IBEC surrogates should have no place ‘inside the room’ of alcohol policy.

Alcohol Action Ireland (AAI) have expressed disappointment on the recent media commentary from alcohol industry groups criticising the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill, and more notably the intervention of IBEC, decrying its exclusion from formulating public alcohol policy.   ABFI (Alcohol...


Mon 18 Dec

Alcohol Action Ireland welcomes the passage of the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill

Alcohol Action Ireland today welcomed the passage of the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill, 2015, through Seanad Éireann. This marks a significant milestone for the proposed legislation especially at a time when alcohol consumption in Ireland continues to rise and alcohol...

Public Health (Alcohol) Bill - A Summary

A brief summary of the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill, including what this legislation aims to do, why it is needed, and what measures it contains.

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Alcohol Marketing and Young People's Drinking Behaviour in Ireland

A study carried out by the Health Promotion Research Centre at NUI Galway, commissioned by Alcohol Action Ireland, 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 Action Ireland Pre Budget Submission 2016

Alcohol Action Ireland recommends that excise duty on all alcohol products be increased in Budget 2016 so that the price of alcohol is set at a level that reflects its significant health, social, and economic impacts; the wide range of harm its consumption causes to others; the costs borne by the State and, ultimately, the taxpayer. We also recommend the introduction of a social responsibility levy on the alcohol industry, which currently makes no direct contribution to addressing the considerable financial burden the consumption of its products places on the State.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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