Working to reduce alcohol harm

MUP decision of the UK Supreme Court represents a significant victory for public health

Alcohol Action Ireland welcomes with the decision of the UK Supreme Court - it represents a significant victory for public health   Alcohol Action Ireland today (Wednesday 15 Nov) welcomed the judgement from the UK Supreme Court, unanimously dismissing the appeal of the Scotch Whisky Association and others, that challenged the lawfulness of the Alcohol (Minimum Pricing) (Scotland) Act, 2012.   The Justices of the Court state that the measures proposed do not breach EU law and that minimum pricing... Full Story


1.35 million people continuing to have a harmful relationship with alcohol finally resonating with our legislators

Reflecting on this week’s debate on the Public Health Alcohol Bill in Seanad Éireann, concluding Committee Stage, Alcohol Action Ireland believe it is clear there is now a firm resolve amongst Senators who, in recognising the impact of alcohol related harms, understand the need to progress the Bill as quickly as possible. Commenting on the debate, Eunan McKinney, Head of Communications and Advocacy, said: “The nature of the debate highlights the collective will of the Seanad to stay the course... Full Story


Alcohol Action Ireland expresses its deep frustration over government senators’ undermining of the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill

Recent media reporting (IT, 04.11.17) has highlighted the undermining of the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill by a small number of Fine Gael senators who, yet again, are demanding that the complaints of business owners take priority over modest public health measures that has overwhelming public support. Commenting on the reports, Eunan McKinney, Head of Communications and Advocacy at Alcohol Action Ireland said:  “As we understand the proposed amendments, unfortunately Minister Harris has had to move a considerable distance from the original... Full Story


CEO attends EU presidency conference ‘Cross-Border aspects in Alcohol Policy – tackling harmful use of Alcohol’

Suzanne Costello, Alcohol Action Ireland CEO, has attended the Estonian EU Presidency's conference on alcohol policy in Tallinn. The aim of the conference is to reduce alcohol related harm in the EU by strengthening member states' capacities for implementing effective health policy and tackling cross-border issues. During the conference, experts from different fields and policy makers to discuss the aspects of alcohol policy where regional or EU wide cooperation is needed to succeed in reducing the alcohol-related harm in Europe.... Full Story


Alcohol Action Ireland express cautious optimism for the enactment of the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill

Alcohol Action Ireland today (26th Oct) expressed cautious optimism over yesterday’s announcement (25th Oct) by An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar in Dáil Éireann that the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill would return to the Oireachtas on the 8th November. It will by then have been 700 days since the Bill began it legislative deliberations in Seanad Éireann. Regrettably over the duration of this delay to enactment, our national consumption of alcohol continues to rise, a further 2000 lives have been lost to... Full Story


Alcohol Health Alliance Ireland expresses disappointment and frustration at the lack of progress of the Public Health Alcohol Bill

Alcohol Health Alliance Ireland today expressed its disappointment and frustration at the lack of progress of the Public Health Alcohol Bill, which they believe has been hindered by the lobbyists of the alcohol industry.  The Alliance calls for the urgent enactment of the Bill. The Alliance, which represents 52 of Ireland’s leading voices in medicine and health advocacy urged the immediate enactment of the Bill, that has now languished before the House of the Oireachtas for over 650 days. Speaking... Full Story


Public Health Alcohol policy must be protected from distortion by vested interests

There is no equivalence between business lobbyists and public health advocates   In recent weeks as the battle for the public ‘hearts and minds’ on the need for the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill and its measures has intensified, it is interesting that IBEC – the highly influential business and employer group - sought to spin a common thread between those who lobby to guard invested interests and those who advocate to protect Public Health. We agree that it is perfectly reasonable... Full Story


The Drinks Industry can have their ads but they can’t have Christmas too!

The Alcohol Beverage Federation of Ireland (ABFI) have recently issued a statement, and supporting video advertorial on social media, again critical of the measures proposed in the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill. The piece criticises the measures as seeking the demise of an 'iconic' television advert for an alcoholic beverage, and highlights the aspects that may be lost. The measures within the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill do not prohibit any drinks producer from advertising their product. What the Bill seeks to... Full Story


Alcohol Action Ireland publishes 2018 Pre-Budget submission

Media Statement From Alcohol Action Ireland Tuesday, 29th August 2017.   Alcohol Action Ireland call on government to retain the current level of excise duty Highlights the need to reconsider the introduction of a Social Responsibility levy on all alcohol Demands immediate enactment of the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill and the Minimum Unit Pricing measure, given rising consumption and low cost of drinking recommended low-risk alcohol limits   Alcohol Action Ireland today published its 2018 Pre-Budget submission, which had been... Full Story


Another ‘Leaving Cert’ celebration begins without adequate legislation in place to protect young people.

As another season of post Leaving Certificate results parties begins, Alcohol Action has called on government and the Oireachtas to finally act and pass the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill before next year's celebrations comes around. Commenting on this year's activity, Eunan McKinney, Head of Communications and Advocacy at Alcohol Action Ireland, said:   'Priced based promotions continue to be used extensively to attract young people, who are keenly price-sensitive and often deliberately targeted by these promotions.   A review of... Full Story


Latest Reports

Diageo's 'Stop Out of Control Drinking' Campaign in Ireland: An Analysis

It has been argued that the alcohol industry uses corporate social responsibility activities to influence policy and undermine public health, and that every opportunity should be taken to scrutinise such activities. This study analyses a controversial Diageo-funded ‘responsible drinking’ campaign (“Stop out of Control Drinking”, or SOOCD) in Ireland. The study aims to identify how the campaign and its advisory board members frame and define (i) alcohol-related harms, and their causes, and (ii) possible solutions.

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The Irish European School Survey Project on Alcohol and Other Drugs (ESPAD) Report 2015

This report is based on the 2015 European Schools Project for Alcohol and Other Drugs (ESPAD) Survey carried out in Ireland and is the sixth Irish data-collection wave of ESPAD. It is based on data from more than 1,400 Irish students surveyed in 2015. The most important goal of the ESPAD survey is to monitor trends in alcohol and other drug use among 15-16 year-olds and to compare trends between countries and groups of countries. It also provides the opportunity to observe the changes in these trends in Ireland over the six waves in the past 20 years.

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2015 European School Survey Project on Alcohol and Other Drugs (ESPAD) Report

The European School Survey Project on Alcohol and Other Drugs (ESPAD) is a collaborative effort of independent research teams in more than forty European countries and the largest cross-national research project on adolescent substance use in the world.

The overall aim with the project is to repeatedly collect comparable data on substance use among 15-16 year old students in as many European countries as possible.

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