Working to reduce alcohol harm

Alcohol Action Ireland response to Drinks Industry Group of Ireland statement

Alcohol Action Ireland has responded to a statement issued by the Drinks Industry Group of Ireland: Latest Revenue Commissioner Data Shows Alcohol Consumption in Ireland Continues to Fall. “There was a very slight, but welcome decrease of less than one per cent in our alcohol consumption in 2015. The reason that per capita alcohol consumption is important in a public health context is that it is considered a good indicator of levels of alcohol harm in a country, an issue... Full Story


Per capita alcohol consumption in Ireland in 2015 was 10.93 litres of pure alcohol per person aged 15+

OUR current level of alcohol consumption, based on 2015 figures, is 10.93 litres of pure alcohol per person aged 15+, which is a slight, but welcome reduction from 11 litres in 2014. The Irish population increased slightly (0.3%) from 2014 to 2015, but there were was a 4.6% reduction in the population of the relatively heavy drinking 20 to 29-year-old age group between 2014 and 2015, according to CSO... Full Story


Irish women must be fully informed when it comes to their drinking

Alcohol Action Ireland has called for Irish women to be fully informed when it comes to decisions around their alcohol consumption. Irish women are now drinking more alcohol, and more often, than previous generations and the impact of this change in drinking patterns is already clear in a number of worrying health trends, including an increase in the number of young women presenting with serious alcohol-related conditions, such as liver cirrhosis, and a high rate of alcohol-related cancers. Speaking on... Full Story


World Health Organisation Q&A — How can I drink alcohol safely?

Dr Lars Møller, Programme Manager, Alcohol and Illicit Drugs at WHO/Europe, dispels some misconceptions about the so-called safe level of drinking in a question and answer (Q&A) session. How can I drink alcohol safely? This might not be the answer people want to hear, but there is no safe level for drinking alcohol. Of course there is lower-risk drinking, but WHO does not set particular limits, because the evidence shows that the ideal situation for health is to not drink... Full Story


Alcohol is a factor in one third of deaths on Irish roads

Even in small amounts, alcohol impairs driving ability and any amount of alcohol increases the risk of involvement in a road traffic collision. Comprehensive international research shows that beginning at very low levels of alcohol consumption, this risk becomes greater as blood alcohol concentration (BAC) increases and the functioning of vital processes for safe road use, such as vision and motor skills, becomes increasingly impaired. According to the Road Safety Authority (RSA), some common driving errors associated with alcohol consumption... Full Story


Public Health (Alcohol) Bill: Price-based promotions

Price-based promotions are used extensively in Ireland to attract customers, with young people particularly price-sensitive and often targeted by these promotions. These can range from promotions such as reduced drinks prices on certain nights for students or those targeted at other groups, as well as price-based promotions which extend for certain periods of time. Offers that promote reduced prices depending on the number of drinks purchased, i.e. quantity discounts, are also commonplace in the on and off-trades. Price-based drinks promotions... Full Story


‘Let’s Talk About Drugs’ National Youth Media Awards competition deadline extended until March 31, 2016

The Drugs.ie National Youth Media Awards Competition is primarily aimed at secondary schools, colleges and youth clubs nationwide and is supported by the Department of Health, the HSE, COSC, the Ana Liffey Drug Project, Healthy Ireland and the Drugs.ie website. Drugs.ie is Ireland's National Drug and Alcohol Information and Support Website. To enter, young people are asked to create either: a poster, an audio podcast, a news article; or a short video on one of the following themes: (a) The... Full Story


Public Health (Alcohol) Bill: Marketing

Alcohol marketing, including advertising, sponsorship and other forms of promotion, increases the likelihood that adolescents will start to use alcohol, and to drink more if they are already using alcohol. Young people's drinking patterns have a direct effect on their health, development and welfare. Therefore reducing children's exposure to alcohol marketing is a child protection issue. Yet every day, in numerous ways and through numerous media, children and young people in Ireland are continuously exposed to positive, risk-free images of... Full Story


HSE confirms 900 cases of cancer caused by alcohol annually

Alcohol causes over 900 cancers in Ireland every year, with 500 deaths, according to the HSE National Cancer Control Programme who today, Thursday, February 4th, World Cancer Day, reminded everyone that while there is no safe lower limit of alcohol consumption, the cancer risk can be greatly reduced by drinking less. From HSE.ie Stressing that “the more we drink the greater our risk of alcohol related cancer,”   Dr Marie Laffoy, Consultant in Public Health with   the HSE National Cancer Control... Full Story


Alcohol’s harm to others

Beyond the serious health consequences, the harmful use of alcohol brings significant social and economic losses to individuals and society at large in Ireland. The burden of alcohol 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 a violent attack by an intoxicated drinker. Although... 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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