Working to reduce alcohol harm

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

Government must tackle cut-price alcohol sales

OPINION:  The fact that health and drinks lobbies are in tune for once is a real sign that the time is right for legislation, writes Brian O'Connell   When itcomes to the narrative on alcohol misuse in Ireland, it's not often you get the public health and drinks lobbies singing from the same hymn sheet. Some weeks back, I took part in a public debate on alcohol, sponsored by The Irish Times  and Pfizer. The panel was made up of regular and experienced... Full Story

Alcohol-induced abuse of children is rife, says bishop

Figures for alcohol abuse "would imply that many children are being physically, emotionally and sexually abused across this country on a daily basis - and especially at weekends," the Auxiliary Bishop of Down and Connor, Donal McKeown, has said. He was "not scaremongering" when he suggested "that frightening numbers of children are being physically abused because of addiction and that many under 18s are being sexually exploited each weekend - often in the name of harmless freedom and craic. But... Full Story

Tranquillisers and alcohol blamed for majority of drug deaths

Prescription tranquillisers and alcohol are the two substances most implicated in drug deaths due to poisonings, new figures show. Updated information from the National Drug-Related Deaths Index (NDRDI) show there have been a total of 3,465 deaths from drugs between 1998 and 2007. This includes 2,120 deaths from poisonings, which are directly related deaths due to the toxic effects of drugs. A further 1,345 deaths are described as non-poisonings, which include deaths from trauma, such as violence or accidents, and... Full Story

Drugs linked to 250 teen deaths over 10 years

Almost 250 teenagers have died in drug-related incidents over a 10-year period, including 18 children aged under 15. Drugs, both illegal and legal, claimed a further 513 people aged between 20 and 24 in the period 1998 to 2007. This means more than a fifth of the 3,465 drug death victims were aged under 24. Figures show the number of drug deaths have continued to rise since 2005 - the most recent year for which data had been available before... 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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