Working to reduce alcohol harm

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


The Public Health (Alcohol) Bill will save lives, reduce harms, alleviate public services and release scarce public funds for greater socio-economic benefit.

The Public Health (Alcohol) Bill is a progressive piece of legislation designed to significantly and positively alter Ireland’s harmful relationship with alcohol. It will ensure that alcohol misuse is treated as a serious public health problem. The legislation is part of a wider range of reasonable and pragmatic measures under the strategic framework of Healthy Ireland, which aims to improve the nation’s health and wellbeing. It will seek to reduce our per capita consumption from 11.46 litres in 2016 to... Full Story


Alcohol Action Ireland’s submission to the EU Commission’s Agriculture and Rural Development consultation on ‘Modernising and Simplifying the Common Agricultural Policy’ (CAP)

What are the main problems/obstacles preventing the current policy from successfully delivering on its objectives? What are the drivers behind these problems? Most of the CAP money relating to alcohol is spent on wine subsidies, both productivity support and promotional measures. Since Ireland is not a producer of wine, none of that money reaches Ireland in direct subsidies. However, the knock-on effect of these subsidies has help to drive down the price of wine across the EU and increase the... Full Story


Open letter to WHO DG candidates: keep policy and priority setting free of commercial influence

In May, 2017, WHO Member States will meet in Geneva for the 70th World Health Assembly (WHA) and a new WHO Director-General (DG) will be elected. As public-interest non-government organisations (NGOs) involved in global health governance and the prevention and treatment of chronic diseases, we believe that a fundamental consideration for Member States when electing the DG will be how the new leadership will ensure appropriate interactions with alcohol, food, pharmaceutical, and medical technology industries. We invite the three candidates... Full Story


New report highlights how Alcohol industry beat the rules on advertising during UEFA Euro 2016

A new report highlights how alcohol producers disregard the spirit of the law to circumvent local regulations designed to protect children during the UEFA Euro 2016 football tournament. Researchers at the Institute for Social Marketing, University of Stirling, found over 100 alcohol marketing references per televised match programme in three countries – France, the UK and Ireland. Most marketing appeared in highly visible places, such as pitch-side advertising during the matches. This was the case, despite the fact that the... Full Story


Time to put words into action – Open letter to Members of the European Parliament

Alcohol Action Ireland is a co-signatory of the open letter to the Members of the European Parliament who sit in the Committee on Culture and Education (CULT), in relation to the ongoing revision of the Audiovisual Media Services Directive (AVMSD). Dear members of the Committee on Culture and Education, Time to put words into action On 25 May 2016, the European Commission adopted a proposal to revise the Audiovisual Media Services Directive (AVMSD), which includes provisions governing commercial communications for... Full Story


Alcohol, self-harm and suicide – an all-island perspective

The North South Alcohol Policy Advisory Group invites you to a Knowledge Exchange Seminar: Alcohol, self-harm and suicide -an all-island perspective It takes place on Wednesday, May 3, 2017, from 10am to 4pm at Chartered Accountants House, 47-49 Pearse Street, Dublin 2. This seminar will facilitate sharing of knowledge and experiences between a range of stakeholders working in policy, research, service delivery and community action on alcohol, self-harm and suicide. It aims to facilitate knowledge exchange on: Evidence on the... Full Story


High prevalence of ‘pre-drinking’ and heavy drinking identified in new survey

Alcohol Action Ireland has described the findings of a new survey on 'pre-drinking' as worrying, due to the prevalence of harmful drinking patterns identified in Ireland. The survey, published in Drug and Alcohol Review, examined the effects of drinking, heavy drinking and drink prices on 'pre-drinking', with pre-drinking defined as alcohol consumed before going out, where more alcohol is consumed. The survey, using data provided to the Global Drug Survey by those aged 16 to 35, found that Ireland was... Full Story


Latest Reports

A review of 2014 RTC fatalities with a positive toxicology for alcohol

The preliminary findings of this report, which examined the toxicology reports of those killed in road crashes in 2014, has revealed that 31% of people killed had alcohol in their system at the time of their deaths.

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Cancer Prevention Factsheet

A factsheet from the National Cancer Control Programme on alcohol and cancer.

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Alcohol - The Irish Situation

An updated (November 2016) fact sheet on alcohol in Ireland from the Health Research Board.

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