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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 health and sought to reduce the social, economic and health damage caused by alcohol consumption. The measures passed very much reflect the approach adopted by Ireland in the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill. It will see significant changes to how, where... Full Story


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 Beverage Federation of Ireland) and its affiliate, the Irish Wine Association, have again criticised the public health measures within the Bill and specifically measures on health labelling. The introduction of a statutory basis for health labelling on all alcohol products,... Full Story


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 harms have never been more pronounced.  Commenting on the final set of concessions conceded by Minister Harris to the business representative group, the RRAI and other retail organisations, Eunan McKinney, Head of Communications and Advocacy at Alcohol Action Ireland said: ... Full Story


Alcohol Action Ireland highlights the clear link between alcohol and seven cancers

This week (20-24 November) marks the fifth year of European Awareness Week on Alcohol Related Harm (AWARH). The 2017 AWARH aims to galzanise EU and national policy makers into action to address alcohol related harm in Europe. The 2017 theme is “Alcohol and Cancer” and the focus is on highlighting the avoidable risk alcohol consumption poses with regards to cancer. Research across the EU highlights that 1 in 5 people do not believe that there is a link between cancer... Full Story


Alcohol Health Alliance Ireland welcomes important ruling on Minimum Unit Pricing for Scotland

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister for Health Simon Harris must now urgently progress the Public Health Alcohol Bill   Today, the Supreme Court in London, ruled that Minimum Unit Pricing (MUP) of alcoholic drinks is lawful in Scotland. Rejecting the appeal by the Scotch Whiskey Association (SWA), spirits EUROPE and Comité Européen des Entreprises Vins (CEEV), the Supreme Court found that MUP is compatible with European Union law. The Supreme Court ruled unanimously that MUP legislation did not breach EU... Full Story


MUP decision of the UK Supreme Court represents a significant victory for public health

Alcohol Action Ireland welcomes with the decision of the UK Supreme Court - it represents a significant victory for public health   Alcohol Action Ireland today (Wednesday 15 Nov) welcomed the judgement from the UK Supreme Court, unanimously dismissing the appeal of the Scotch Whisky Association and others, that challenged the lawfulness of the Alcohol (Minimum Pricing) (Scotland) Act, 2012.   The Justices of the Court state that the measures proposed do not breach EU law and that minimum pricing... Full Story


1.35 million people continuing to have a harmful relationship with alcohol finally resonating with our legislators

Reflecting on this week’s debate on the Public Health Alcohol Bill in Seanad Éireann, concluding Committee Stage, Alcohol Action Ireland believe it is clear there is now a firm resolve amongst Senators who, in recognising the impact of alcohol related harms, understand the need to progress the Bill as quickly as possible. Commenting on the debate, Eunan McKinney, Head of Communications and Advocacy, said: “The nature of the debate highlights the collective will of the Seanad to stay the course... Full Story


Alcohol Action Ireland expresses its deep frustration over government senators’ undermining of the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill

Recent media reporting (IT, 04.11.17) has highlighted the undermining of the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill by a small number of Fine Gael senators who, yet again, are demanding that the complaints of business owners take priority over modest public health measures that has overwhelming public support. Commenting on the reports, Eunan McKinney, Head of Communications and Advocacy at Alcohol Action Ireland said:  “As we understand the proposed amendments, unfortunately Minister Harris has had to move a considerable distance from the original... Full Story


CEO attends EU presidency conference ‘Cross-Border aspects in Alcohol Policy – tackling harmful use of Alcohol’

Suzanne Costello, Alcohol Action Ireland CEO, has attended the Estonian EU Presidency's conference on alcohol policy in Tallinn. The aim of the conference is to reduce alcohol related harm in the EU by strengthening member states' capacities for implementing effective health policy and tackling cross-border issues. During the conference, experts from different fields and policy makers to discuss the aspects of alcohol policy where regional or EU wide cooperation is needed to succeed in reducing the alcohol-related harm in Europe.... Full Story


Alcohol Action Ireland express cautious optimism for the enactment of the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill

Alcohol Action Ireland today (26th Oct) expressed cautious optimism over yesterday’s announcement (25th Oct) by An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar in Dáil Éireann that the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill would return to the Oireachtas on the 8th November. It will by then have been 700 days since the Bill began it legislative deliberations in Seanad Éireann. Regrettably over the duration of this delay to enactment, our national consumption of alcohol continues to rise, a further 2000 lives have been lost to... Full Story


Latest Reports

Under the Influence - the Damaging Effect of Alcohol Marketing on Young People

The 2009 British Medical Association report Under the Influence - the Damaging Effect of Alcohol Marketing on Young People (British Medical Association. 2009) examines the powerful and damaging effect of alcohol marketing communications on children and young people, the forms that alcohol marketing takes, and its cumulative effect in reinforcing and exaggerating strong pro-alcohol social norms

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Does marketing communication impact on the volume and patterns of consumption of alcoholic beverages, especially by young people?

The Science Group of the European Alcohol and Health Forum found consistent evidence to demonstrate an impact of alcohol advertising on the uptake of drinking among non-drinking young people, and increased consumption among their drinking peers. Scientific opinion on Marketing Communication (European Alcohol and Health Forum, 2009).

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Get 'Em Young

The National Youth Council of Ireland’s 2009 Get’ Em Young report revealed that young people are exposed to alcohol marketing through at least 16 communication channels on a regular basis. These include TV, magazines and newspapers, internet, street flyers, billboards, post, radio, cinema, merchandise, music, sports stadiums and bus.

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