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New opinion poll shows overwhelming public support for Government action to curb alcohol marketing that appeals to young people

New opinion poll shows overwhelming public support for Government action to curb alcohol marketing that appeals to young people   82% of people who support this action are Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil supporters   A new opinion poll commissioned by Alcohol Health Alliance Ireland shows strong support for Government action to curb alcohol marketing that appeals to young people.   The poll, conducted by Ireland Thinks, between 12 and 16th June among a sample of 1,300 adults across the... Full Story


Response to Irish Media Industry report

The Public Health (Alcohol) Bill contains a range of measures designed to work cohesively to reduce alcohol consumption in Ireland so lessening alcohol related harms. Implemented together, they will provide a reasonable, pragmatic means to achieving the ambition of this progressive public health initiative. The media industry, as the report outlines, warns that new advertising restrictions proposed in the Bill will 'cost the Irish media sector an estimated €20m a year'. This is again typical of the divisive language that... Full Story


Alcohol Action Ireland welcomes today’s publication of the National Cancer Strategy 2017-2026.

The National Cancer Strategy 2017-2026 will focus on preventing cancer across Ireland's growing population, aims to diagnose cancer earlier, provide optimal care to patients and maximise the quality of life for who live with cancer.   Commenting on the Strategy, Eunan McKinney, Head of Communications and Advocacy at Alcohol Action Ireland, said: 'At Alcohol Action Ireland, we realise the anguish and loss that having cancer can bring but sadly we are also acutely aware of what role alcohol can contribute... Full Story


Alcohol Action responds to Irish Times article on sponsorship of arts events

Our letter to the Irish Times, 29 June With respect to your article 'Alcohol Bill will cut €8.5m sponsorship of arts events says drink industry' (26 June), the observations outlined are unnecessarily alarmist and regrettably mistaken. The Public Health (Alcohol) Bill contains a range of measures designed to work together to reduce alcohol consumption in Ireland so lessening alcohol related harms. Implemented together, they will provide a reasonable, pragmatic means to achieving the ambition of this progressive public health initiative.... Full Story


An Taoiseach renews his commitment to Public Health (Alcohol) Bill

Alcohol Action Ireland today welcomed, An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar's renewed commitment to completing passage of the Public Health Alcohol Bill. In his opening speech last evening on the nomination of government, An Taoiseach, established the immediate priorities of his government. In addressing the priorities for Health, he outlined that he had asked Minister Simon Harris, newly re-appointed Minister for Health, to: 'complete passage of the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill through the Houses as soon as possible' For over 500 days... Full Story


European Policy Seminar demands political leaders grasp a ‘once in a decade opportunity’ to strengthen child health protection measures

Alcohol Action Ireland and EuroCare will today (Wednesday) host a policy seminar to discuss the Audiovisual Media Services Directive (AVMSD), currently before the EU institutions, which represents an important opportunity to strengthen measures to protect children from alcohol marketing. https://youtu.be/k8LHNw0xgJY Europe has one of the highest levels of alcohol consumption in the world and since the non-renewal of the EU Alcohol Strategy which expired in 2012, action to reduce alcohol harm has been effectively left to individual member states. The... Full Story


Media Diary Notice – European Policy Seminar, June 7th, 2017.

Alcohol Action Ireland and Eurocare: European Alcohol Policy Alliance, as a joint initiative, will host a European Policy Seminar next Wednesday 7th June, 2017 in Brussels This seminar is being held at a key time as the Audio-Visual Media Services Directive (AVMSD), is currently being revised by the European Institutions.   Theme: Self Regulation is No Regulation: The Case of Protecting Children from Alcohol Marketing Venue: Norway House, Rue Archimede 17, 1000 Brussels. Time: 11.00 - 15.00 Key Contributors:  Afternoon... Full Story


Alcohol Action Ireland applauds the comments from Special Rapporteur on Child Protection, Dr. Geoffrey Shannon, highlighting the adverse consequences for the welfare of many children posed by alcohol.

              Alcohol Action Ireland notes the publication of 'An Audit of the exercise by An Garda Sí­ochána of the provisions of Section 12 of the Child Care Act 1991'. The audit, and published report, was conducted and produced by the Special Rapporteur on Child Protection, Dr. Geoffrey Shannon. It examined 591 cases in 2014 where the Gardaí­ exercised emergency powers under the 1991 Act, to remove a child to a place of safety having... Full Story


Final agenda and speakers confirmed for European Policy Seminar

Self Regulation is No Regulation: The Case for Protecting Children from Alcohol Marketing Alcohol Action Ireland and Eurocare – European Alcohol Policy Alliance are to host a policy seminar taking place on Wednesday, 7th June from 10.30 to 14.30 in Norway House, Rue Archimede 17, Brussels. The event will explore how European Member States are working to protect children from alcohol marketing, and what further steps are necessary from an EU perspective: Agenda: 10.30am: Registration and Coffee Session 1: Examining... Full Story


Alcohol Action to co-host European Seminar this June

Self Regulation is No Regulation: The Case for Protecting Children from Alcohol Marketing Alcohol Action Ireland and Eurocare - European Alcohol Policy Alliance are to host a policy seminar taking place on Wednesday, 7th June from 10.30am to 2.30pm in Norway House, Rue Archimede 17, Brussels. The event will explore how European Member States are working to protect children from alcohol marketing, and what further steps are necessary from an EU perspective. The European Commissioner for Health, Vytenis Andriukaitis will... Full Story


Latest Reports

The Irish European School Survey Project on Alcohol and Other Drugs (ESPAD) Report 2015

This report is based on the 2015 European Schools Project for Alcohol and Other Drugs (ESPAD) Survey carried out in Ireland and is the sixth Irish data-collection wave of ESPAD. It is based on data from more than 1,400 Irish students surveyed in 2015. The most important goal of the ESPAD survey is to monitor trends in alcohol and other drug use among 15-16 year-olds and to compare trends between countries and groups of countries. It also provides the opportunity to observe the changes in these trends in Ireland over the six waves in the past 20 years.

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2015 European School Survey Project on Alcohol and Other Drugs (ESPAD) Report

The European School Survey Project on Alcohol and Other Drugs (ESPAD) is a collaborative effort of independent research teams in more than forty European countries and the largest cross-national research project on adolescent substance use in the world.

The overall aim with the project is to repeatedly collect comparable data on substance use among 15-16 year old students in as many European countries as possible.

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Action plan for the prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases in the WHO European Region

The proposed Action plan for the prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases in the WHO European Region continues and updates the Action Plan for implementation of the European Strategy for the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases 2012—2016. Taking account of new evidence, exciting developments, existing commitments and progress of Member States, the Action
plan focuses on priority action areas and interventions for the next 10 years (2016—2025) in order to achieve regional and global targets to reduce premature mortality, reduce the disease burden, improve the quality of life and make healthy life expectancy more equitable.

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