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

HSE confirms 900 cases of cancer caused by alcohol annually

Alcohol causes over 900 cancers in Ireland every year, with 500 deaths, according to the HSE National Cancer Control Programme who today, Thursday, February 4th, World Cancer Day, reminded everyone that while there is no safe lower limit of alcohol consumption, the cancer risk can… 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

Public Health (Alcohol) Bill: Availability

The Public Health (Alcohol) Bill contains a provision for structural separation of alcohol products in mixed retail outlets, such as supermarkets and convenience stores, which will mean that they will no longer be displayed like ‘every day’ or ‘ordinary’ products, such as bread or milk.… 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»

February, 2016

Public Health (Alcohol) Bill: Labelling

Consumers should have the right to make informed decisions about the products they purchase, especially those, such as alcohol, which are potentially harmful to their health. Health warnings are now a familiar and prominent feature on tobacco products in Ireland, while detailed nutritional labelling is… 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 2014 figures, is 11 litres of pure alcohol per person aged 15+, an increase from 10.6 litres in 2013. If you exclude the 20% of the population… 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»