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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


Alcohol Health Alliance Ireland expresses disappointment and frustration at the lack of progress of the Public Health Alcohol Bill

Alcohol Health Alliance Ireland today expressed its disappointment and frustration at the lack of progress of the Public Health Alcohol Bill, which they believe has been hindered by the lobbyists of the alcohol industry.  The Alliance calls for the urgent enactment of the Bill. The Alliance, which represents 52 of Ireland’s leading voices in medicine and health advocacy urged the immediate enactment of the Bill, that has now languished before the House of the Oireachtas for over 650 days. Speaking... Full Story


Public Health Alcohol policy must be protected from distortion by vested interests

There is no equivalence between business lobbyists and public health advocates   In recent weeks as the battle for the public ‘hearts and minds’ on the need for the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill and its measures has intensified, it is interesting that IBEC – the highly influential business and employer group - sought to spin a common thread between those who lobby to guard invested interests and those who advocate to protect Public Health. We agree that it is perfectly reasonable... Full Story


The Drinks Industry can have their ads but they can’t have Christmas too!

The Alcohol Beverage Federation of Ireland (ABFI) have recently issued a statement, and supporting video advertorial on social media, again critical of the measures proposed in the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill. The piece criticises the measures as seeking the demise of an 'iconic' television advert for an alcoholic beverage, and highlights the aspects that may be lost. The measures within the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill do not prohibit any drinks producer from advertising their product. What the Bill seeks to... Full Story


Alcohol Action Ireland publishes 2018 Pre-Budget submission

Media Statement From Alcohol Action Ireland Tuesday, 29th August 2017.   Alcohol Action Ireland call on government to retain the current level of excise duty Highlights the need to reconsider the introduction of a Social Responsibility levy on all alcohol Demands immediate enactment of the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill and the Minimum Unit Pricing measure, given rising consumption and low cost of drinking recommended low-risk alcohol limits   Alcohol Action Ireland today published its 2018 Pre-Budget submission, which had been... Full Story


Another ‘Leaving Cert’ celebration begins without adequate legislation in place to protect young people.

As another season of post Leaving Certificate results parties begins, Alcohol Action has called on government and the Oireachtas to finally act and pass the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill before next year's celebrations comes around. Commenting on this year's activity, Eunan McKinney, Head of Communications and Advocacy at Alcohol Action Ireland, said:   'Priced based promotions continue to be used extensively to attract young people, who are keenly price-sensitive and often deliberately targeted by these promotions.   A review of... Full Story


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


Latest Reports

Untold Damage: Children’s Accounts of Living with Harmful Parental Drinking

A recent Scottish study shows that many of those negatively affected by some-one else’s drinking are children and reveals that a high number of callers to ChildLine Scotland are children concerned about their parents drinking. The 2009 Untold Damage: Children’s Accounts of Living with Harmful Parental Drinking study describes childhoods impacted by severe emotional distress, neglect, and increased risk of physical violence and abuse as a result of harmful parental drinking.

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Impact of Alcohol Advertising and Media Exposure on Adolescent Alcohol Use: A Systematic Review of Longitudinal Studies

Longitudinal studies consistently suggest that exposure to media and commercial communications on alcohol is associated with the likelihood that adolescents will start to drink alcohol, and with increased drinking amongst baseline drinkers.

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