December, 2014

Relationship that we need to redefine – Destructive drinking

Like an insecure, old-school politician who feels duty bound to be seen at nearly every funeral in their constituency, alcohol is a pallbearer at almost every tragedy, every premature or accidental loss of life, in this society. From the Irish Examiner Alcohol is the primary… Full Story»

December, 2014

Legal drugs cause 75% of poisoning deaths

Legal drugs, including prescription medication and alcohol, account for three out of four of all deaths directly due to the effects of drugs. From the Irish Examiner Tranquillisers known as benzodiazepines, methadone and anti-depressant medication, along with alcohol, accounted for 262 of the 350 deaths… Full Story»

December, 2014

Demon drink: greatest public health issue of our age

Working on the front line in an addiction rehabilitation centre means that I see, first hand, the harm that substance addiction can have on individuals, families and the wider community. However, substance addiction and the problems that accompany it are not confined to the kind… Full Story»

December, 2014

Dr Marie Laffoy: Alcohol and Cancer

Read the presentation on alcohol and cancer given by Dr Marie Laffoy, community oncology adviser with the National Cancer Control Programme, to the Oireachtas Cross Party Group on Alcohol Harm in December 2014. Alcohol and Cancer from AlcoholActionIreland

December, 2014

Set a minimum price for alcohol

A letter to Independent.ie The decision to proceed with a Minimum Unit Pricing (MUP) policy for alcohol in Northern Ireland reflects the increasing conviction of policy makers of the effectiveness of price in the fight against alcohol harm. The challenge to Scotland’s bid to introduce… Full Story»

December, 2014

Around 500 cancer deaths a year caused by alcohol

AROUND 500 of the 900 people who are diagnosed with alcohol-related cancers annually will die of the disease, it emerged yesterday. From Independent.ie The stark figure came as the Cross Party Oireachtas Group on Alcohol Harm called on the Government to no longer delay that… Full Story»

December, 2014

Action needed to reduce death toll from alcohol-related cancers

The challenge of reducing the number of lives claimed by alcohol-related cancers was discussed at the Cross Party Oireachtas Group on Alcohol Harm in Leinster House this (Thursday) morning. 900 Irish people are diagnosed with alcohol-related cancers and around 500 people die from these disease… Full Story»

December, 2014

Minimum alcohol pricing planned for the North

Northern Ireland is planning to introduce a minimum price for alcohol to try to combat alcohol abuse, the North’s Minister of Health, Jim Wells, has said. From The Irish Times Mr Wells said research by the University of Sheffieldwhich his department, the Department of Health… Full Story»

December, 2014

People as young as 20 dying from alcohol abuse

PEOPLE as young as 20 have died from alcohol-related illnesses, one of the countries leading consultants has revealed. From Independent.ie Dr Stephen Stewart, a consultant hepatologist in the Mater Hospital, said there has been a stark increase in the number of young people who are… Full Story»