THE Alcohol Health Alliance is a new initiative to support the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill, a piece of legislation that has the potential to significantly reduce the harm caused by alcohol consumption in Ireland.
The Public Health (Alcohol) Bill contains a range of measures designed to tackle our harmful relationship with alcohol. The Alcohol Health Alliance will work together to:
- Highlight the rising levels of alcohol-related health harm
- Propose evidence-based solutions to reduce this harm
- Campaign for the implementation of the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill 2015
- Advocate for positive action to address the damage caused by alcohol misuse
The Alcohol Health Alliance was established by Alcohol Action Ireland and the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (RCPI), and brings together a wide range of public health campaigners whose mission is to reduce the harm caused by alcohol. The Alcohol Health Alliance Ireland is chaired by Prof Frank Murray, President of the RCPI, chair of the RCPI Policy Group on Alcohol, and a liver specialist at Beaumont Hospital.
Prof Murray said: “This legislation is an important first step to deal with the catastrophic consequences of Ireland's unhealthy relationship with alcohol. We believe the evidence-based measures contained in the Bill will turn down the tap of cheap alcohol for problem drinkers and young drinkers. We commend the Government in taking on the vested interests of the alcohol industry and putting the best interests of the citizens first. We are calling on others to join us and register their support for this legislation.”
For details on how to join the Alcohol Health Alliance and support its efforts to reduce alcohol harm in Ireland, please see the Terms of Reference.