Working to reduce alcohol harm

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


New Irish study shows minimum unit pricing for alcohol will affect 14% of drinkers

Research shows that the cheapest alcohol products were favoured by the heaviest drinkers, irrespective of income levels From the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Research led by RCSI (Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland) and the Health Research Board has examined the relationship between high-risk drinking, personal income, place of purchase and price paid for alcohol. This is first Irish study to investigate the potential impact of minimum unit pricing for alcohol at a population level. It was conducted... Full Story


Alcohol harm and health inequalities

Lower socioeconomic groups generally consume less alcohol overall and contain a higher proportion of abstainers, but they experience higher levels of alcohol harm than wealthier groups in society with the same level of consumption.[i] This is often referred to as the ‘Alcohol Harm Paradox’.[ii][iii] The ‘Alcohol Harm Paradox’ is evident in Ireland, where the Department of Health has stated that, while alcohol harm affects all social groups in Ireland, ‘the greater harm is experienced by marginalised and deprived groups’.[iv] The... Full Story


Alcohol Action Ireland welcomes ruling on Minimum Unit Pricing

Alcohol Action Ireland welcomes the ruling of the Scottish Court of Session and hopes to see minimum unit pricing (MUP) implemented in Scotland as soon as possible, where it will save lives and reduce alcohol harm. This is also a positive ruling for public health in Ireland, as MUP is one of the key measures contained in the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill, which is due to return to the Seanad next Wednesday. This is our first ever public health legislation... Full Story


Awareness of risks associated with excessive alcohol consumption is lowest among those who binge drink the most

Awareness of some of the most significant risks associated with excessive alcohol consumption is lowest among those young people who binge drink the most, the Healthy Ireland Survey 2016 has shown. The survey found that 37% of drinkers in Ireland binge drink on a typical drinking occasion, but among those under-25 this increased to 67% for young men and 39% for young women. Those aged under 25 are also typically less aware of the risks of excessive drinking, despite engaging... Full Story


Tourism and excise duty

Excise duty has been regularly described as ‘a tax on tourism’ by alcohol industry lobbyists in Ireland, who claim that it damages our tourism offering. There is no evidence to substantiate this claim, as the number of tourists visiting Ireland the amount of money spent by tourists in Ireland grows year-on-year. Figures released by Fáilte Ireland in July 2016 show that expenditure by tourists visiting Ireland was estimated to be worth €6 billion in 2015, which represents annual growth of... Full Story


Alcohol Action Ireland response to ESPAD survey

“The ESPAD survey released today shows some positive trends when it comes to alcohol consumption among Irish children, particularly declines in heavy episodic drinking and drunkenness from the 2011 survey, which are very welcome,” said Conor Cullen, Head of Communications and Advocacy with Alcohol Action Ireland. “However, it is important to remember that these are children and therefore we still have a long way to go in terms of protecting them from the large risks to their health and wellbeing... Full Story


New report compares alcohol problems and welcomes policy responses in Scotland and Ireland

A new report from SHAAP (Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems), Alcohol Policy in Scotland and Ireland: European Trailblazers or Celtic Fringes?, compares alcohol-related problems and welcomes innovative policy responses in Ireland and Scotland, also recognising the need to work at a pan-European level. Governments in Scotland and Ireland are pushing forward evidence-based public health policies that will be most effective in saving lives and reducing alcohol harm, including tackling the cost of the very cheapest alcohol in the off-trade,... Full Story


Alcohol should play no part in Junior Certificate celebrations

“It's natural that students who are getting their Junior Cert results this week want to celebrate the achievement with their friends. This is an important milestone for them and they should enjoy the celebrations after three years working towards the exams,” said Conor Cullen, Head of Communications and Advocacy with Alcohol Action Ireland. “Alcohol should play no part in these celebrations, even though some children may feel that they have to drink to celebrate and others may come under pressure... Full Story


Latest Reports

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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Cancer Prevention Factsheet

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

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