Working to reduce alcohol harm

Alcohol is having a devastating impact on our young people’s mental health – Minister McEntee

National Taskforce on Youth Mental Health discusses the damage alcohol is doing to the mental health of our young people in the context of the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill Minister of State for Mental Health and Older People Helen McEntee today (Wednesday) reiterated her support for the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill. The Minister was speaking after the National Taskforce on Youth Mental Health discussed, at its recent meeting, the damage alcohol is doing to the mental health of our young... Full Story


Cabinet approves legislation brought forward by Minister Shane Ross to ensure that all drivers detected drink driving receive a disqualification

The Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross TD, has welcomed the decision of the Government earlier today to approve the General Scheme of a Road Traffic (Fixed Penalty – Drink Driving) Bill 2017. Speaking today the Minister said: “The evidence shows that despite a perception to the contrary, drink driving continues to be a very serious issue in this country. We can no longer be ambivalent in our attitude toward this destructive practice.” Research conducted by the Road... Full Story


NAGP Supports Public Health (Alcohol) Bill

The National Association of General Practitioners (NAGP) has given its support to the  Public Health (Alcohol) Bill and urged the Government not to bow to pressure from private interests. The GP body say the Legislative Bill puts health before profit. Family doctors, as the first point of contact for health advice, strongly support this approach. Dr. Emmet Kerin, NAGP President, said, “Family doctors see, first-hand, the  troubling  consequences of alcohol abuse on young people and the associated social problems.  Three people died each day... Full Story


Latest alcohol industry report once again puts narrow sectoral interests ahead of public health

Alcohol Action Ireland has said the latest report from the Alcohol Beverage Federation of Ireland (ABFI) once again puts narrow sectoral interests ahead of public health. “It is clear from this report that the alcohol industry views the potential impact of Brexit as a crisis that requires a high level of State intervention on its behalf. The interventions called for in the report include fiscal and regulatory measures, as well as challenging EU State Aid rules to ensure the alcohol... Full Story


Ireland tops list for pregnant women drinking

Ireland has the world's highest rate of women drinking alcohol while pregnant, even though public health campaigns warn repeatedly of the risk to the baby. According to the research, 60.4% of Irish women continue to drink when they are expecting a baby, amounting to six times the global average of one in 10. From the Irish Examiner The next highest rate of drinking after Ireland was to be found in Belarus, where 46.6% of women admitted drinking. Denmark came third... Full Story


Job Vacancy – Head of Communications and Advocacy

Alcohol Action Ireland are looking to recruit a Head of Communications and Advocacy to increase awareness and understanding of Alcohol Action Ireland's work to reduce alcohol-related harm and engage and grow support for our advocacy activities. Location: Coleraine House, Coleraine Street, Dublin 7 Apply by: 5pm on Friday, February 17, 2017 Position / Title: Head of Communications and Advocacy Reporting to: CEO Contract type: Full-time How to apply: Applicants should email their CV, including a cover letter, to suzanne@alcoholactionireland.ie Alcohol... Full Story


Alcohol’s cost to society

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has pointed out that, beyond health consequences, the harmful use of alcohol brings significant social and economic losses to individuals and society at large.[i] In Ireland, the burden of alcohol related harm is often experienced by those around the drinker, such as a family member, friend, co-worker or innocent bystander.  Alcohol’s harm to others undermines public safety and is experienced in every community, ranging from the nuisance factor, feeling unsafe in public places, drink-driving, to... Full Story


900 people in Ireland diagnosed with alcohol-related cancer every year – Sobering facts to be delivered at public talk tonight

Irish Cancer Society statement: Alcohol is the cause of around 900 incidences of cancer in Ireland each year, and 500 of these patients will die of their disease. These sobering facts will be highlighted at a public talk tonight (Wed, December 7) on the links between alcohol and cancer. The Irish Cancer Society event ’Decoding Cancer – Alcohol and Cancer: The Sobering Facts' will see Addiction Psychiatrist Dr Peter Rice address the implications of what we drink on how likely... Full Story


National Children’s Charities Join Forces to Support Alcohol Bill: Enough is Enough

Three of Ireland's leading children's charities, Barnardos, the Children's Rights Alliance and the ISPCC have joined forces today to express disappointment at the postponement of the debate on the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill. 30 Nov 2016. Published by the Children's Rights Alliance. This comes in the wake of comments in the Seanad yesterday by Nicola Sturgeon, MSP, First Minister of... Full Story


Time to turn awareness into action and support our communities in their efforts to reduce alcohol harm

“Those working hard to address alcohol misuse in communities throughout Ireland are doing a great job in difficult circumstances. They are working at the very sharp edge of alcohol harm and see on a daily basis the devastation that is caused by our harmful relationship with alcohol for so many people and their families,” said Conor Cullen, Head of Communications and Advocacy with Alcohol Action Ireland. “Many of these community-based organisations, led by the drug and alcohol task forces, have... Full Story


Latest Reports

Ireland Thinks Poll - Attitudes To Alcohol

Ireland Thinks poll, commissioned by Alcohol Health Alliance, conducted June 12th to June 16th 2017.

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HBSC Ireland 2014 : Alcohol and cannabis use in school-children in Ireland (updated)

The Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) study is a cross-national research study conducted in collaboration with the World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Office for Europe and runs on a four-year cycle. In 2014, Ireland participated for the fifth time in the HBSC study (www.nuigalway.ie/hbsc). The study included 13,611 school-children from 3rd class in primary school to 5th year in post-primary school. Collectively, 230 primary and post-primary schools across Ireland participated in this study.

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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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