Working to reduce alcohol harm

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


Campaigners keep eye on efforts in UK to tackle drink culture

With moves afoot in the UK to try to combat the dysfunctional consumption of alcohol, responsible-drinking campaigner Sir Ian Gilmore says similar problems are evident in Ireland, writes Brian O'Connell.   Last week, up to 10 local authorities in Manchester proposed a new bylaw that would set a minimum price for alcohol for the first time. The law would affect all pubs, supermarkets and off-licences and mean that each unit of alcohol could not be sold for less than 50p. The... Full Story


Department to collect substance-use data

The Department of Health and Children is to participate in a European Schools Project on Alcohol and Other Drugs (ESPAD) in 2011. On August 6, the Department began the process of seeking tenders to conduct research on Irish teenagers between 15 and 16 years old. The purpose of the research is to gather Irish data on alcohol and drug use and to draw comparisons on this substance use with other European nations and with students of the same age. The... Full Story


Drop in drink-driving checkpoints ‘unacceptable’ — AA

AA Ireland has described as "unacceptable" the drop in mandatory breath tests carried out by gardaí last year, which fell by around 56,000 on 2008 figures.   According to garda figures, there were 55,285 checkpoints conducted in 2009 compared to 79,423 the year before.   In its first full year in 2007, the controversial law for mandatory alcohol testing led to a total of 489,029 tests which grew to 563,115 in 2008 before dropping back to 507,169 last year. "That is an... Full Story


Alcohol a factor in 33% of Irish road deaths, study finds

One in three deaths on Irish roads are alcohol related compared to an average of one in four throughout the European Union. A major EU report on road safety, published yesterday, also suggests that Irish drivers believe drink-driving laws are much more effective than they actually are. Just under two thirds of Irish drivers questioned said that they believed alcohol was a major threat to road safety, as compared to 80% in the rest of the EU. About a third... 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 (www.nuigalway.ie/hbsc). 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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