advocating to reduce alcohol harm

Will consumers be left wondering forever?

Today in the European Parliament, MEPs and health campaigners together with industry representatives, yet again called for the alignment of alcoholic beverages with other food products. In 2011 the European institutions passed Regulation (EU) No 1169/2011 that requires food and soft drinks, including fruit juice and milk, to label nutritional information and ingredients. However, after heated debates alcoholic beverages were exempted from this obligation. Currently, when a consumer drinks alcohol it is highly unlikely that they know exactly what they... Full Story


Irish Alcohol Bill welcomed as a ground-breaking measure by European health community.

The Irish Public Health (Alcohol) Bill, signed into law today (Wed 17 Oct) by Ireland’s President, Michael D Higgins, presents a set of measures to prevent alcohol related harm, which follow latest evidence base in the field of alcohol policy and recommendations of the World Health Organization. Both World Health Organization Global strategy to reduce harmful use of alcohol and the World Health Organization European action plan to reduce the harmful use of alcohol 2012–2020 encompass measures proposed by the... Full Story


The Oireachtas makes history by passing the Public Health Alcohol Bill

This evening, Seanad Éireann, in a historic development, agreed the amended Public Health Alcohol Bill, passed by Dáil Éireann last week. The Bill will now go to the President, Michael D Higgins, for signing and enactment. This is the first time in our history that Ireland’s problem alcohol misuse and its harmful impact on our families, communities and workplace will be addressed coherently in public health legislation. The principal objective of the measures passed is to reduce our overall alcohol... Full Story


Budget 2019: Alcohol Action Ireland welcomes retention of rates on alcohol products excise duty.

Alcohol Action Ireland today (Tuesday 9th October) welcomed the decision by Mr Paschal Donohue, Minister for Finance, to retain the current rates of excise duty on alcohol products. This is the fifth year in a row that Excise duty has remained untouched in Budget calculations. The low inflation and modest wage growth in our economy suggests a modest increase could well have been sustained by the consumers of alcohol in a growing economy. Commenting on the Budget, Eunan McKinney, Head... Full Story


Alcohol Action this evening welcomed the passing of the Public Health Alcohol Bill by Dáil Éireann and looks forward to its enactment shortly after its final reading before Seanad Éireann.

The journey of this progressive legislation has been long and at times difficult. It is said that ‘success has many fathers’ however, in finally passing this legislation, all the Deputies, from across the House, who have supported this Bill are to be greatly commended.    The personal commitment of An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, and the tenacious leadership of the Minister of Health, Simon Harris, as its champion has been crucial; the protection of public health does not come that high... Full Story


Alcohol Action Ireland seek Research Assistant (Graduate).

Research Assistant [Graduate opportunity]. Alcohol Action Ireland is the national charity for alcohol-related issues. We are an independent voice for advocacy and policy change, working to reduce levels of alcohol harm in Ireland and improve public health, safety and wellbeing. We campaign for the burden of alcohol harm to be lifted from the individual, community and State, and have a strong track record in campaigning, advocacy, research and information provision. Our work involves providing information on alcohol-related issues, creating awareness... Full Story


Alcohol Action Ireland publishes its Pre-Budget Submission 2019

Alcohol Action Ireland today (Tuesday 4th September) published its Pre-Budget Submission 2019 and called on Minister Paschal Donohue not to reduce current excise duties on alcohol products and to consider a series of measures that could curb Ireland’s rising alcohol consumption and enhance the capacity of under resourced treatment services. Calls for fiscal measures to curb expanding Off Trade alcohol market Proposes new measures to ensure fresh revenues for innovative proposals to tackle children drinking and enhance alcohol treatment services... Full Story


Alcohol Action Ireland calls on all TDs to stand firm and back the protection of public health.

Alcohol Action today (Wed, 19th Sept) have called on all Members of Dáil Éireann to stand firm against the onslaught of alcohol industry lobbying and to ensure that the health warnings proposed within the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill, are enacted. The Public Health (Alcohol) Bill proposes to introduce three specific health warnings informing the consumer of the danger of alcohol consumption, the danger of alcohol consumption when pregnant and of the direct link between alcohol and fatal cancers. These measures... Full Story


Alcohol Action Ireland call on 13 TDs further delaying the Alcohol Bill to back better public health, and protect our children first, ahead of a thriving alcohol industry.

Alcohol Action Ireland has called on the 13 TDs from many political parties and none, urban and rural, to withdraw their proposed amendments to the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill, ahead of the forthcoming Report and Final Stages, next Wednesday. Citing the continuous lobbying pressure from the alcohol industry, Alcohol Action highlighted that regrettably these TDs by further delaying enactment are now advancing alcohol business interests rather than leading to protect the health and wellbeing of their constituents. Since the Bill was... Full Story


Alcohol Action Ireland release its annual Alcohol Market Review and Price Survey 2018

Alcohol Action Ireland today (9th August) published its annual alcohol market review and price survey. It again demonstrates the remarkable affordability of alcohol to every day shoppers and the urgent necessity to implement the Public Health Alcohol Bill including Minimum Unit Pricing that will ensure the low cost of the strongest, cheapest alcohol will be tackled. Alcohol so cheap - Irish Men can drink to weekly low risk threshold for as little as €8.49; women €5.49. Ireland’s Off-Licence holders share... Full Story