Working to reduce alcohol harm

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

The 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 website. 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 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

Public Health (Alcohol) Bill: Availability

The Public Health (Alcohol) Bill contains a provision for structural separation of alcohol products in mixed retail outlets, such as supermarkets and convenience stores, which will mean that they will no longer be displayed like ’every day' or ’ordinary' products, such as bread or milk. Retailers will have to choose to store alcohol either in a separate area of the store, or in a closed storage unit or cabinet which contains only alcohol products. Alcohol products behind check-out points will... Full Story

Children’s exposure to alcohol marketing in Ireland

A comment by marketing expert, Dr Pat Kenny, on research commissioned by Alcohol Action Ireland and carried out by the Health Promotion Research Centre at NUI Galway. Introduction Alcohol is not just an ordinary consumer product. While it can form part of a balanced social life, alcohol can also lead to a myriad of serious health and social problems. Given the significant personal and societal costs of alcohol misuse, one key objective of public health policy is to reduce the... Full Story

How much are we really drinking?

What is our current level of per capita alcohol consumption? Our current level of alcohol consumption, based on 2016 figures, is 11.46 litres of pure alcohol per person aged 15+, an increase of 4.8% from 2015 (10.93 litres). If you exclude the 20% of the population aged 15+ who do not drink alcohol, our alcohol consumption rises to 14.33 litres of pure alcohol for every Irish person aged 15 and over. There were increases recorded in all categories of alcohol... Full Story

What is the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill?

The Public Health (Alcohol) Bill is legislation designed to tackle Ireland's harmful relationship with alcohol. It aims to reduce the damage that alcohol causes to individuals, families and society by reducing our alcohol consumption, with a particular focus on protecting children and young people from alcohol harm. This legislation is part of a range of measures planned under the Healthy Ireland framework, which will work together to improve our health and wellbeing, both as individuals and as a nation. Its... Full Story

Minimum Unit Pricing and the European Court of Justice Judgement

What is the background to the legal challenge to minimum unit pricing? The Scottish government decided to introduce minimum unit pricing (MUP) in 2012 in an effort to save lives and reduce alcohol harm in Scotland by setting a ’floor price' for the strongest, cheapest alcohol products in the off-trade, directly targeting the alcohol products that do the most damage. The legislation was due to come into force in 2013, but has been delayed by a legal challenge brought by... Full Story

Minimum unit pricing is a much more targeted, effective measure than excise duty

Alcohol Action Ireland has said the judgement delivered by the European Court of Justice (ECJ), issued this morning, states that minimum unit pricing (MUP) for alcohol is not precluded by EU law if it is considered to be an appropriate and proportionate response for “the protection of human life and health”. According to this judgement, the test as to whether MUP is legal or not is whether it is more effective than less restrictive tax measures, namely excise duty. The... 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 ( 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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