April, 2016

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… Full Story»

February, 2016

Alcohol is a factor in one third of deaths on Irish roads

Even in small amounts, alcohol impairs driving ability and any amount of alcohol increases the risk of involvement in a road traffic collision. Comprehensive international research shows that beginning at very low levels of alcohol consumption, this risk becomes greater as blood alcohol concentration (BAC)… Full Story»

February, 2016

Public Health (Alcohol) Bill: Price-based promotions

Price-based promotions are used extensively in Ireland to attract customers, with young people particularly price-sensitive and often targeted by these promotions. These can range from promotions such as reduced drinks prices on certain nights for students or those targeted at other groups, as well as… Full Story»

February, 2016

Public Health (Alcohol) Bill: Marketing

Alcohol marketing, including advertising, sponsorship and other forms of promotion, increases the likelihood that adolescents will start to use alcohol, and to drink more if they are already using alcohol. Young people’s drinking patterns have a direct effect on their health, development and welfare. Therefore… Full Story»

February, 2016

Alcohol’s harm to others

Beyond the serious health consequences, the harmful use of alcohol brings significant social and economic losses to individuals and society at large in Ireland. The burden of alcohol harm is often experienced by those around the drinker, such as a family member, friend, co-worker or… Full Story»

February, 2016

Children’s exposure to alcohol marketing in Ireland

A comment by marketing expert, Dr Pat Kenny, on research commissioned by Alcohol Action Ireland and carried out by the Health Promotion Research Centre at NUI Galway. Introduction Alcohol is not just an ordinary consumer product. While it can form part of a balanced social… Full Story»

January, 2016

How much are we really drinking?

What is our current level of per capita alcohol consumption? Our current level of alcohol consumption, based on 2016 figures, is 11.46 litres of pure alcohol per person aged 15+, an increase of 4.8% from 2015 (10.93 litres). If you exclude the 20% of the… Full Story»

January, 2016

What is the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill?

The Public Health (Alcohol) Bill is legislation designed to tackle Ireland’s harmful relationship with alcohol. It aims to reduce the damage that alcohol causes to individuals, families and society by reducing our alcohol consumption, with a particular focus on protecting children and young people from… Full Story»