advocating to reduce alcohol harm

Cup alcohol ban not yet in practice

The Liam McCarthy and Sam Maguire Cups, plus all their lesser-known friends, can rest easy in the knowledge that they will not have their bottoms pierced, at least not in the short term. The call for GAA cups to be decommissioned as alcohol carriers at celebrations came from the Shannon Gaels club in Cavan and was approved by Congress last April. It stipulated that "cups or trophies shall not be filled with any alcoholic beverage" and further decreed that they... Full Story

The pain of loving a problem drinker

There is little recognition of the fact that the families of alcoholics often need as much help to 'recover' as the drinkers themselves When a family   member drinks to excess or drinks in a dependent manner, the repercussion for the health, safety and well-being of all concerned are usually profound and long-lasting. "Having a problem drinker in the family means emotional suffering," says Rolande Anderson in the opening chapter of his new book, Living with a Problem Drinker  . The Irish... Full Story

Diageo considers alcohol-pricing proposal

Guinness manufacturer Diageo is considering backing a ban on selling alcohol below the cost of duty and VAT - but denied any link between price and problem drinking, it was reported today. In its submission to the UK's Home Office consultation on a proposed overhaul of licensing laws, which closes next week, the maker of Johnnie Walker and Smirnoff said it would oppose any other kind of minimum pricing restriction, the Sunday Telegraph said. Mark Baird, corporate social responsibility manager... Full Story

Here’s looking at under-age drinking, hypocritically again

There have been fresh calls to change the way alcohol is sold in this country. Because pubs, off-licences and supermarkets all have their own agendas, the debate is riddled with hypocrisy, writes John Ruddy In a country where so-called 'binge' drinking levels are the highest in Europe, the sale of alcohol is rarely far from the headlines. This was exemplified by a recent RTé Prime Time documentary, which outlined how minors were using home-delivery services from off-licences and supermarkets to... Full Story

More than 10,000 lose licences for drink-driving offences

More than 10,000 people were put off the roads last year for drink-driving offences resulting in hundreds of prison sentences, according to figures obtained by the Sunday Tribune. Statistics from court districts show that Cork had the highest number of jail terms, with at least 167 people receiving full or partially suspended sentences, representing almost 25% of the country's total. As well as the countrywide total of 679 prison terms, those caught driving under the influence were given 302 suspended... Full Story

Pity the pub on its last kegs, but not the off-licence selling drink to kids

During the Rose of Tralee selection last Tuesday night, Dáithí O Sé mentioned "dry counties" to the Texas Rose. It was the first time I had heard the term being used for a long time, but I do remember the first time I heard of a "dry county". It was my first night at university in Texas. I asked how to get to the nearest pub. With some amusement, I was given directions to Oklahoma. They told me that Denton... Full Story

Garda probe after TV crew films underage drink sales

Gardaí are expected to carry out an investigation into four off-licences and two supermarket chains after a television programme captured them delivering alcohol to underage drinkers at their homes. Last Thursday's Prime Time on RTÉ showed that none of the businesses - all located in Swords, north Dublin - asked for identification from the purchasers at delivery. The people working for the off-licences took cash on delivery, while the supermarkets, Tesco and Superquinn, took payment via debit card online at... Full Story

Cross-border shopper numbers fall by a quarter

Northern shopping centres are reporting a drop of up to 25 per cent in the number of people crossing the border to shop. This follows a survey, released last week, which suggested that up to 35 per cent of those who would categorise themselves as ’’cross-border shoppers'' had not gone to the North for goods so far this year. At the height of cross-border fever in mid-2009, an estimated 250,000 householders were travelling across the border to buy cheaper goods.... Full Story

Irish at odds with views on drink-driving dangers

More Irish people regard drink-driving as a minor road safety issue than citizens in every other EU member state, a new study has found. The Eurobarometer survey of over 25,000 people from across the EU shows that 8 in 10 respondents in all member states, except Ireland, believe drink-driving is a major road safety problem in their country. Just 62 per cent of Irish respondents said they saw it as a major threat to road safety, while 31 per cent... Full Story

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

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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