Working to reduce alcohol harm

Healthy Ireland

Alcohol consumption is a key contributory risk-factor to Ireland’s burden of chronic disease, along with lifestyle factors such as smoking, poor diet and lack of physical activity. Healthy Ireland: A Framework for Improved Health and Wellbeing 2013 – 2025, states that ‘a healthy population is essential to allow people to live their lives to their full potential, to create the right environment to sustain jobs, to help restore the economy and to look after the most vulnerable people in society’.[i]... Full Story


Introduction of health labelling for alcohol products will increase awareness of the risks of alcohol consumption during pregnancy

Alcohol Action Ireland has highlighted the importance of not drinking alcohol during pregnancy to mark international Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Awareness Day, September 9. Drinking alcohol during pregnancy carries a risk of Foetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) and Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD). Children born with FAS – the most rare, but most easily recognisable condition on the spectrum – have been exposed to high levels of alcohol throughout the pregnancy and can experience problems with their growth, facial defects,... Full Story


Campaign for excise duty cut ignores the significant harm and costs associated with alcohol misuse in Ireland

Alcohol Action Ireland has said that the cut in excise duty sought by the alcohol industry would only serve to make the very cheapest alcohol for sale in supermarkets even cheaper and come directly at the expense of the health, wellbeing and safety of people in Ireland. “In Ireland, our harmful drinking has a huge impact on our nation's physical and mental health, with three alcohol-related deaths every day. Beyond the devastating health consequences for individual drinkers, the harmful use... Full Story


Parents are encouraged to help their children make the Leaving Certificate results celebrations memorable for the right reasons

Alcohol Action Ireland, a national charity working to reduce alcohol harm, is encouraging parents to talk to their children about the risks associated with alcohol ahead of the release of the Leaving Certificate results on Wednesday. “Students deserve to go out, celebrate getting their results with their friends and we hope they enjoy marking this milestone in their young lives,” said Conor Cullen, Head of Advocacy and Communications with Alcohol Action Ireland. “We know that, for a significant number of... Full Story


Alcohol and health

The harmful use of alcohol is a causal factor in more than 200 disease and injury conditions. Worldwide, 3.3 million deaths every year result from harmful use of alcohol, which represents 5.9% of all deaths.[i] Harmful alcohol use is the fifth leading cause of death and disability worldwide, up from 8th in 1990, and every 10 seconds somebody dies from a problem related to alcohol and many more develop an alcohol-related disease.[ii] Alcohol is associated with a risk of developing... Full Story


Impact of harmful parental drinking on children highlighted by Oireachtas Cross Party Group on Alcohol Harm

The impact of harmful parental drinking on children in Ireland was outlined at a briefing organised by the Oireachtas Cross Party Group on Alcohol Harm in Leinster House this morning (06.07.16). The briefing for Oireachtas members heard from Grainia Long, Chief Executive of the Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (ISPCC); Tanya Ward, Chief Executive of the Children's Rights Alliance, and June Tinsley, Head of Advocacy at Barnardos. Senator Frances Black, Chairperson of the Oireachtas Cross Party... Full Story


Galway City Alcohol Survey Results

  1 in 5 respondents report one or more harms due to their own drinking 1 in 4 respondents report experiencing one or more harms as a result of someone else's drinking The results of a recent survey to assess behaviours, attitudes and awareness in relation to alcohol use in Galway City have been released. This survey of over 500 people (18 years and over) in Galway City has found that of those who drink (79%), over half (55%) were... Full Story


Alcohol consumption’s devastating impact on Ireland’s health reflects the need for urgent action by Government

Alcohol Action Ireland, the national charity for alcohol-related issues, has said that the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill must be implemented without further delay to reduce alcohol harm in Ireland. “The Health Research Board's (HRB) analysis of the hospital in-patient reporting system clearly shows the huge burden that harmful drinking places on our health service and on individuals, families and communities throughout Ireland. It is important to remember that each one of the hundreds of thousands of ’discharges' in this study... Full Story


Alcohol consumption, harm and cost in Ireland – HRB publish new report

Newly compiled data from the hospital in-patient reporting system confirms the impact of alcohol consumption on our health system. The new Health Research Board (HRB) report examines national findings on the patterns and effects of alcohol consumption and how it is impacting us as individuals and as a society. Speaking about the report Dr Graham Love, Chief Executive at the HRB said, ’This report clearly illustrates how Irish peoples' drinking patterns are harming their health, increasing public health care costs... Full Story


Alcohol a Factor in 38% of Collisions Between 2008 and 2012

A new report from the Road Safety Authority (RSA) has revealed that between 2008 and 2012, alcohol was a contributory factor in 38% of all fatal collisions. The report, the third and largest in a series of landmark reports analysed An Garda Síochána Forensic Fatal Collision Investigation files in order to identify the main contributory factors in collisions. 983 fatal collisions occurred on Irish roads between 2008 and 2012, claiming the lives of 1,077 people. The forensic details of 867... 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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