July, 2014

Ireland must ‘turn off the tap’ of cheap alcohol

Ireland needs to “turn off the tap of cheap alcohol to some of the most vulnerable individuals” in society, the Oireachtas Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform has heard. From The Irish Times President designate of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland Prof… Full Story»

July, 2014

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… Full Story»

July, 2014

Ireland cannot afford the price of cheap alcohol in the off-trade

Alcohol Action Ireland, the national charity for alcohol-related issues, has said that calls for a reduction in excise duty on alcohol serve only vested interests, not the public health. “Despite the current claims by alcohol industry bodies, Minister for Finance Michael Noonan last week confirmed… Full Story»

July, 2014

‘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… Full Story»

June, 2014

Drink abuse no longer minority issue

The abuse of alcohol can no longer be “dismissed” as a problem suffered by a minority of drinkers, according to Alex White, the junior health minister. From the Irish Examiner He declined to say when exactly promised legislation on alcohol would be published, but did… Full Story»

June, 2014

Our unhealthy view of drink is a pain for A&E

A friend of mine is known as Johnny A&E. He doesn’t drink much or very often, but once or twice a year when he gets properly hammered — he’s a birthdays and Christmas kind of drunk — he always ends up in A&E. From the… Full Story»