Working to reduce alcohol harm

‘Drunken Irish’ label still a reality

The Government is being urged to introduce the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill as quickly as possible, after an international report found that Ireland has the second highest rate of binge drinking in the world. From irishehalth.com The report by the World Health Organization (WHO) found that almost four in 10 (39%) people over the age of 15 in Ireland regularly took part in binge drinking. When non-drinkers were excluded from the findings, almost half (48%) of all drinkers were found... Full Story


Almost 40% of Irish adults engage in binge drinking

Ireland remains one of the worst countries in the world for binge drinking, although overall consumption rates are falling, according to a report by the World Health Organisation. From The Irish Times Two-thirds of Irish male drinkers and one-third of women engaged in “heavy episodic drinking” over the previous month, the report says. This is defined in the study as the consumption of at least six standard drinks – such as a small glass of wine or a half-pint of... Full Story


Charity warns women of the dangers of drinking while pregnant

There is no “safe” amount of alcohol for women to drink during pregnancy, a charity has warned. From the Irish Mirror Experts have differed over the years with some suggesting very moderate boozing does no harm to unborn babies. But Catherine Keane, Policy and Advocacy Officer with Alcohol Action Ireland, said: “We know that a large amount of Irish women continue to drink alcohol during pregnancy and part of this is undoubtedly due to the fact that pregnant women can... Full Story


Minimum alcohol pricing ‘lowers crime’

Minimum alcohol pricing would reduce drink-fuelled crime in Ireland and save a life every day, an addiction expert has claimed. From the Irish Examiner Tim Stockwell of the University of Victoria in Canada told a meeting of the Joint Committee on Justice, Defence, and Equality that there were significantly fewer alcohol-related crimes and deaths after minimum pricing was brought in in Canada. Alcohol Action Ireland, the national charity for alcohol-related issues, and Prof Stockwell, director at the Centre for Addictions... Full Story


Damning study: One in four suffered harm because of another person’s drinking

One in 10 parents has warned that children have been harmed by someone else's drinking, a damning study on alcohol abuse has revealed. From Independent.ie The review on the impact of problem drinking found one tenth of mothers, fathers or guardians report that youngsters were exposed to verbal and physical abuse, witnessed serious violence in the home or were put in unsafe situations at least once in the previous 12 months. The Health Service Executive (HSE) study revealed that a... Full Story


How much does alcohol abuse affect others in Ireland? A lot says a new report

MORE THAN A quarter of Irish people are harmed by others using alcohol in multiple areas of their lives according to a new report. From thejournal.ie The HSE has found that, in five separate indicators they researched, 28 per cent of people were negatively affected by alcohol in more than one of these indicators. The report, “Alcohol's harm to others in Ireland”, found that: 13.8 per cent of people have experience family problems. 10.3 per cent have been a passenger... Full Story


Public health isn’t a priority for profit-driven alcohol industry

FOR the first time, an Irish Government has decided to treat our harmful relationship with alcohol as a public health problem in an effort to bring about positive change in a society where binge drinking and drunkenness has become normal, accepted behaviour. From Independent.ie The Public Health (Alcohol) Bill, being drafted by the Department of Health, represents an important first step in this regard. Of particular importance are those evidence-based policy measures that target the key areas of alcohol pricing,... Full Story


Cross-party TDs at least agree on one thing, the need to tackle alcohol abuse

ALCOHOL PRICING, AVAILABILITY and sponsorship are set to be the primary targets of a new cross-party Oireachtas group on alcohol misuse that was launched today. From thejournali.e The initiative will be overseen by Alcohol Action Ireland and comprises membership from Fine Gael, Labour, Fianna Fail, Sinn Féin and Independents. The primary focus of the group will be in influencing the forthcoming Public Health Alcohol Bill which seeks to place greater regulation on the sale and marketing of alcohol. Chairman of... Full Story


That’s Men: Older people need to be vigilant about turning to alcohol

The older and allegedly wiser shake their heads at the sight of young people falling about on the street from the effects of too much drink. From The Irish Times Yet it is entirely possible that there is more dangerous drinking going on in the homes of the old than in the haunts of the young. I was struck by a recent finding that alcohol-related deaths are falling in the UK – except among older people. In 2012, there was... Full Story


Idiotic booze dare isn’t fuelled by Facebook but by our drink culture

THERE can hardly be anyone who hasn't heard of NekNominate. The idiotic internet phenomenon reached our shores in recent days with tragic consequences, being linked to the deaths of two young men. From The Herald NekNominate is a challenge on social media sites where mostly young men dare others to down a large amount of alcohol and complete a risky task. Jonny Byrne's task was jumping into a river in Co Carlow. He drowned. But if drinkers complete their task... Full Story


Latest Reports

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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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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