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Alcohol misuse contributing significantly to anxiety, depression and suicide

Alcohol misuse contributing significantly to anxiety, depression and suicide  –  2 out of 5 cases of deliberate self-harm involve alcohol  “Raise alcohol taxes in Budget to fund early intervention, prevention and treatment services and combat alcohol related harm ” Alcohol Action Ireland, the national charity for alcohol related issues, today underlined the link between alcohol misuse and damage to mental health and urged the Government to raise taxes on alcohol in next Tuesday ’s budget and use the additional revenue to fund early... Full Story


Don’t blame kids — getting access to alcohol “not a problem” for teens

Don't blame kids – getting access to alcohol “not a problem” for teens: commence test purchasing as a matter of urgency “Junior Cert celebrations just a more hyped version of the reality of teen drinking pattern – three out of five teens have binged on alcohol in previous month - 86% of teenagers said getting beer or spirits easy” On the day 54,000 Junior Cert students were due to celebrate results, Alcohol Action Ireland, the national charity for alcohol-related issues,... Full Story


Don’t blame kids – getting access to alcohol “not a problem” for teens

Don ’t blame kids  – getting access to alcohol  “not a problem ” for teens: commence test purchasing as a matter of urgency  “Junior Cert celebrations just a more hyped version of the reality of teen drinking pattern  – three out of five teens have binged on alcohol in previous month - 86% of teenagers said getting beer or spirits easy ” On the day 54,000 Junior Cert students were due to celebrate results, Alcohol Action Ireland, the national charity for alcohol-related issues,... Full Story


Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Day 9th September 2008

Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Day 9th September 2008 “Put pregnancy drink risk ’health warning' label on alcoholic drinks”   Women have the right to know how their health and their children's health is being affected – two thirds of women still drinking during pregnancy Alcohol Action Ireland, the national charity for alcohol-related issues, today called on the Government to put health warning labels on alcoholic drinks as part of an overall awareness initiative on the risks of drinking during pregnancy. Alcohol... Full Story


Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Day 9th September 2008

Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Day 9th September 2008  “Put pregnancy drink risk  ‘health warning ’ label on alcoholic drinks ”   Women have the right to know how their health and their children ’s health is being affected  – two thirds of women still drinking during pregnancy Alcohol Action Ireland, the national charity for alcohol-related issues, today called on the Government to put health warning labels on alcoholic drinks as part of an overall awareness initiative on the risks of drinking during pregnancy. Alcohol... Full Story


€600 million more spent on alcohol than food — are we ready to pay the price?

€600 million more spent on alcohol than food – are we ready to pay the price? Alcohol Action Ireland, the national charity for alcohol-related issues, today described findings that Ireland spends more €7.1 billion* on alcohol – €600 million more than food - as “disturbing”. Alcohol Action Ireland CEO Fiona Ryan said: “These figures basically show that when it comes to spending power – alcohol wins over food every time. The question is - are we ready to pay the... Full Story


€600 million more spent on alcohol than food – are we ready to pay the price?

 €600 million more spent on alcohol than food  – are we ready to pay the price? Alcohol Action Ireland, the national charity for alcohol-related issues, today described findings that Ireland spends more  €7.1 billion* on alcohol  –  €600 million more than food - as  “disturbing ”. Alcohol Action Ireland CEO Fiona Ryan said:  “These figures basically show that when it comes to spending power  – alcohol wins over food every time. The question is - are we ready to pay the... Full Story


Children and young people still exposed to alcohol as if it were ‘milk’

Children and young people still exposed to alcohol as if it were ’milk' – new drink sales law is missed opportunity Alcohol Action Ireland, the national charity for alcohol-related issues, today welcomed new restrictions on alcohol sales but said the law did not go far enough with children and young people still being exposed to alcohol in shops and supermarkets as if it were an “ordinary product” like milk or fruit juice.       Alcohol Action Ireland Director Fiona Ryan said: “While... Full Story


Children and young people still exposed to alcohol as if it were ‘milk’

Children and young people still exposed to alcohol as if it were  ‘milk ’  – new drink sales law is missed opportunity Alcohol Action Ireland, the national charity for alcohol-related issues, today welcomed new restrictions on alcohol sales but said the law did not go far enough with children and young people still being exposed to alcohol in shops and supermarkets as if it were an  “ordinary product ” like milk or fruit juice.       Alcohol Action Ireland Director Fiona Ryan said:  “While... Full Story


Speaker Presentations – Have We Bottled It? Alcohol Marketing and Young People conference

   Dr Evelyn Gillan, head of Alcohol Focus Scotland and minimum price campaigner: Have We Bottled It? Alcohol Marketing and Young People - Alcohol Action Ireland conference presentation Professor Gerard Hastings, Director of the Institute for Social Marketing at Sterling University, Scotland: Have We Bottled It? Alcohol Marketing and Young People - Alcohol Action Ireland conference presentation James Doorley, co-ordinator of the Ballymun Local Drugs Taskforce: Have We Bottled It? Alcohol Marketing and Young People - Alcohol Action Ireland conference... 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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