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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

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: 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

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 ( 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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