advocating to reduce alcohol harm

Drinks industry has no place in anti-alcohol campaigns

The Union of Students in Ireland knows the impact that Ireland's relationship with alcohol has on the people living in this country – we've lost friends and colleagues in alcohol-related incidents. We've seen injuries and mishaps which wouldn't have happened if we didn't have a drink-to-get-drunk culture. From The Irish Times We aren't puritans: a night out with a couple of glasses of wine can be great fun, and Ireland makes some amazing craft beers. Meeting in the pub is... Full Story

Minimum pricing for drink as Varadkar targets booze issue

An attempt to tackle alcohol abuse will be made next month after Health Minister Leo Varadkar confirmed the draft of a minimum pricing for alcohol bill is to be published. From It comes after a report in America this week outlined that under-age drinkers are more likely to choose alcohol brands that sponsor sports, music and entertainment events. Mr Varadkar said minimum pricing would be aimed at preventing alcohol misuse. It would also help to reduce the risk of... Full Story

At home, glass in hand, nobody tells you to ‘wrap it up’

We all do it. We all come home after a long day and treat ourselves to a glass of wine to 'take the edge off'. But it seems women are no longer stopping at just one glass. More than ever before, women are not just hitting the wine, they are doing something far more dangerous - getting behind the wheel of their car afterwards. From According to a recent study by Social Research Associates (SRA) on women and alcohol,... Full Story

Be aware of the links between alcohol and cancer

Did you know that alcohol consumption is considered a risk factor for some types of cancer, and that limiting alcohol intake could reduce the risk?From The Irish Times Alcohol can increase the risk of cancer of the mouth, larynx (voicebox), throat, oesophagus (foodpipe), breast, liver and bowel. The Cancer Research UK website provides a good overview of the research in this 2010 post, Alcohol Ireland also offers some sobering information about alcohol and cancer and the Irish Cancer Society offers... Full Story

‘Don’t cut taxes on alcohol in budget’

The Government should resist pressure from the drinks industry to cut taxes on alcohol in the forthcoming budget, a campaign group has said. From the Irish Examiner And ministers could solve the financial hole left by a ban on alcohol sports sponsorship by placing a levy on the drinks industry. Alcohol Action Ireland estimates that a levy of 1c on a standard drink would generate €30m annually, which it said was more than the industry spends on sports sponsorship every... Full Story

Call for health warnings on bottles of alcohol

CIGARETTE-LIKE warnings should be made compulsory on alcohol packaging in order to inform the public of the dangers of excessive drinking, campaigners have said. From Politicians and awareness groups here are backing the idea that bottles of wine, beer and spirits should carry health warnings after it was put forward by MPs in the UK looking at measures to combat alcohol abuse in Britain Senator Jillian van Turnhout said that written warnings should be obligatory on bottles of wine,... Full Story

Teenagers – you can have a good time without consuming alcohol

A survey shows that 16-25 year olds are far more sensible than their parents. Caomhan Keane gets a handle on Generation Zero. From the Irish Examiner GENERATION Y ”” that's those of us who check the 25 and over box, partied through the boom on a perpetual drink fest, imbibing a record 14.3 litres of alcohol in 2001. But studies conducted both at home and abroad suggest the number of young people who binge drink has started to fall. So... Full Story

Health minister to take on drugs and alcohol policy

Health Minister Leo Varadkar will take up direct responsibility for the sensitive areas of drug and alcohol policy. From the Irish Examiner The decision followed days of confusion within the Department of Health as to who would take over the brief, following the departure of Minster James Reilly and Minister of State Alex White. A meeting was held yesterday between Mr Varadkar and Minister of State Kathleen Lynch during which the National Substance Misuse Strategy brief was discussed. Interested groups,... Full Story

‘Backlash not behind move’ to axe Arthur’s Day

Guinness bosses have axed Arthur's Day ”” but insist the move has nothing to do with widespread criticism of the event. From the Irish Examiner Officials for drink's maker Diageo confirmed the change yesterday, saying the September celebration introduced in 2009 will not be repeated this autumn. Under plans announced by Diageo, the celebration will be replaced by a new €1m-funded Guinness Amplify initiative to give new musicians their first chance of fame. It will be part of Guinness's “music... Full Story

Opinion: The first step to fixing Ireland’s alcohol problem? Fight back against the drinks industry

ALCOHOL KILLS ABOUT 3.3 million people every year, or 5.9 per cent of all deaths globally, a new report by the World Health Organisation notes. It is also linked to over 200 disease and injury conditions and is associated, for example, with liver cirrhosis, cancers, and alcohol dependence. From The Irish drink a lot, and in particular, binge drinking is very high here compared to other countries, at 39 per cent of people. Alcohol Action Ireland remarked that this... Full Story

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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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