Working to reduce alcohol harm

Underage drinkers exploit online sales

The Government has admitted it is effectively powerless to stop off-licences selling alcohol to underage drinkers on a cash-on-delivery basis. Last night's Primetime programme on RTÉ showed a number of off-licences in Swords in north Dublin to be illegally accepting payment at the door of private dwellings from underage drinkers who had phoned in the order. Two supermarkets - Superquinn and Tesco - were also shown in the programme to have made deliveries to underage drinkers after the orders had... Full Story

Off-licences warned on home sales

Off-licences across the country have been warned more than once that accepting cash payments for delivering alcohol to the homes of customers was an illegal practice, the industry's representative body said today. Jim McCabe, of The National Off-Licence Association, said the body sought legal advice on the matter when delivery services first came to their attention in 2006 and was told the practice was illegal as the sale took place outside the licenced premises. He said this information was passed... Full Story

Alcohol link to most arrests of teenagers

Teenagers came to the attention of gardaí for public drunkenness far more often than any other crime type last year, according to the annual report of the committee monitoring the Garda diversion programme. However, a significant number of children were arrested for very serious offences including gangland crimes such as drug dealing and gun possession, and even for rape. The programme deals with young people aged 10-17 years who commit crime. It aims to encourage them to admit their wrongdoing... Full Story

Drink drivers ‘feel sober’

Drink drivers get behind the wheel because they feel more sober than they actually are, a new study claims. Drivers who have had a drink hours previously may feel sober enough to drive, but the brain functions that aid safe driving take much longer to recover. Researchers asked subjects to raise their blood alcohol content to 0.10 per cent, at which point a driver is 52 times more likely to have an accident. They were quizzed on how drunk they... Full Story

Call for minimum alcohol pricing

Minimum pricing for alcohol in clubs and supermarkets should be introduced as soon as possible, Alex Attwood has said. Buy one get one free, women drinking for nothing and all-you-can-swallow offers could be curbed under fresh proposals from the Social Development Minister. Two Belfast bars are running "all you can drink" promotions. Health campaigners have expressed concern that patrons will consume too much alcohol and endanger their health or leave them vulnerable to physical and sexual harm. Mr Attwood said:... Full Story

Drink drivers in collisions to escape forced breath testing

Drink drivers involved in collisions will escape mandatory breath testing after legal problems were identified in the new legislation, the Irish Independent has learned. The new law, which obliges gardai to breath test drivers involved in fatal or serious collisions at the scene, was expected to come into effect by the autumn. However, Attorney General Paul Gallagher has told Transport Minister Noel Dempsey that the new provision should be delayed until the drink-driving limit is lowered in September 2011. The... Full Story

Brewer’s droop and other ailments

We all know that alcohol consumption takes its toll on the liver. But did you know that alcohol is linked to a number or other problems? 1 Gastro-intestinal disease Alcohol consumption inflames the lining of the intestines and has been linked to illnesses including mouth cancer and pancreatitis. 2 Neurological damage Excessive alcohol consumption can lead to both short and long-term memory loss. 3 Recurrent infections Alcohol weakens your immune system, making you more prone to repeated infections, which you... Full Story

Why that quiet drink at home can play havoc with your health

Peter Dunne loves wine. After all, it's his business. As a director of Mitchell and Sons Wine Merchants, it's his bread and butter -- as well as a lifelong passion. And, like lots of other wine buffs, the evening meal simply wouldn't be the same if it wasn't washed down with a glass of something nice. But major heart surgery last September has forced the 59-year-old to reconsider his drinking habits. "The heart problems weren't drink-related, but still, when you've... Full Story

Top doctor urges ban on alcohol sponsors in sport

The  head of AE at one of the country's busiest hospitals has called for a ban on sports sponsorship by drinks companies. Dr Cathal O'Donnell, chief of emergency medicine at the Mid- Western Regional Hospitals in Ennis and Limerick, said it was time that marketing which links sport to alcohol was banned, as happened with tobacco in the past. Drink is the drug worst abused in Ireland today, he said, accounting for 80 per cent of the cases presenting at Limerick's... Full Story

No convictions for one-in-five drink drivers

Almost one-in-five people arrested and charged with drink driving last year were not convicted, new figures compiled by the Sunday Independent reveal. The Cavan/Monaghan district and Waterford city had the lowest conviction rates -- both at 75 per cent. Nationally, 83 per cent of the 12,230 people charged with drink-driving offences have been convicted in the courts. Of those found guilty, 9,275 were fined, while 679 received prison sentences. There were also 112 community service orders handed down in 2009.... Full Story

Latest Reports

PreBudget Submission 2018

Pre Budget submission to the Department of Finance August 2018

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Ireland Thinks Poll - Attitudes To Alcohol

Ireland Thinks poll, commissioned by Alcohol Health Alliance, conducted June 12th to June 16th 2017.

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HBSC Ireland 2014 : Alcohol and cannabis use in school-children in Ireland (updated)

The Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) study is a cross-national research study conducted in collaboration with the World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Office for Europe and runs on a four-year cycle. In 2014, Ireland participated for the fifth time in the HBSC study ( The study included 13,611 school-children from 3rd class in primary school to 5th year in post-primary school. Collectively, 230 primary and post-primary schools across Ireland participated in this study.

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