Working to reduce alcohol harm

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


Formula One puts Heineken in the driving seat

40 public health and civil society organisations from around the world, including Alcohol Action Ireland, are calling for an end to alcohol sponsorship in F1. Heineken recently launched their new sponsorship agreements with F1, a five-year deal estimated to be worth $150 m. With this new deal, Heineken will place themselves as one of the main sponsors of the sport, with both trackside billboards, branded name of the events and other promotional activities. Alcohol brands are now dominating sponsorships in... Full Story


Alcohol Policy in Practice Course, Stirling, 5-8th September 2016

This course from the UK Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies will feature inputs from Prof. Paul Cairney; Dr. John Holmes; Prof. Gerard Hastings; Prof. Jeff Collin; Dr. Carol Emslie; Dr. Sally Adams; as well as from Alcohol Focus Scotland, the Institute of Alcohol Studies, Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems and Balance Northeast. The full programme and application form can be downloaded here: http://ukctas.net/Alcohol-CPD.html. The course is ideal for those new to alcohol policy, advocacy or research, or for... Full Story


Turning a spotlight on ‘Hidden Harm’

Students at Meanscoil Gharman have unveiled a billboard in Enniscorthy, Co Wexford, to highlight the serious problem of the 'Hidden Harm' associated with harmful alcohol consumption. “The Meanscoil Gharman students involved in this Young Social Innovators project have done excellent work in highlighting an issue that sadly affects far too many of their peers throughout Ireland. They have turned a spotlight on the ’Hidden Harm' associated with harmful alcohol consumption, which has a devastating impact on children, families and communities... Full Story


Public Health (Alcohol) Bill: Labelling

Consumers should have the right to make informed decisions about the products they purchase, especially those, such as alcohol, which can be harmful to their health. Health warnings are now a familiar and prominent feature on tobacco products in Ireland, while detailed nutritional labelling is ubiquitous on food products and soft drinks. However, consumer information on alcohol products at the moment generally extends no further than its volume strength (ABV). That the health labelling of alcohol products is included in... Full Story


Men’s Health Week 2016

If a man is drinking too much alcohol then it can have a significant impact on his health and wellbeing. Though alcohol and sports are often seen to go hand in hand as a result of alcohol industry marketing and advertising, the fact is that drinking alcohol is only likely to result in a physique and performance far removed from that of a professional sportsman. Weight gain is one of the first issues, with the empty calories in alcohol quickly... Full Story


An urgent opportunity to reduce alcohol harm in Ireland

A letter to the editor from the Alcohol Health Alliance on the new Government and the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill: Dear Editor, We welcome the Government commitment to enacting the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill in the Programme for Partnership Government and fully support its prompt progression through the Oireachtas. This long-awaited legislation, which has cross party support in the Oireachtas, has already concluded second stage in the Seanad and can quickly be enacted and become law within the first 100... Full Story


Making the healthy choice an easier one will not turn Ireland into a Nanny State

People looking at the recently published Nanny State Index would do well to ask who really has their best interests at heart before accepting that Ireland is one of 'the worst places in the European Union to eat, drink, smoke and vape'. This index has been compiled by free-market lobby groups, the Institute of Economic Affairs and the European Policy Information Centre. If it is to be taken seriously, one first has to accept that all regulations governing food, alcohol... Full Story


Irish efforts to reduce alcohol-related harm should not be blocked

Read the letter that The European Association for the Study of the Liver and five other European health organisations, including Alcohol Action Ireland, wrote to the EU Commission Vice-President Timmermans today calling on him to ensure that the Commission does not block Irish efforts to reduce alcohol-related harm. Irish efforts to reduce alcohol-related harm should not be blocked from AlcoholActionIreland  


We need to protect young people from drink culture

A CHILD’S birthday party that spiralled out of control due to the actions of a number of drunk teenagers made for quite a cautionary tale in a recent edition of the Dublin People. We should be striving to give children every opportunity we can, including the opportunity to have fun and enjoy their formative years. However, we also have a duty of care to ensure that children have the opportunity to fulfill their potential, and to be healthy, happy, and... Full Story


Latest Reports

PreBudget Submission 2018

Pre Budget submission to the Department of Finance August 2018

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Ireland Thinks Poll - Attitudes To Alcohol

Ireland Thinks poll, commissioned by Alcohol Health Alliance, conducted June 12th to June 16th 2017.

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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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