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Sponsorship ban by drink companies considered

A Government appointed committee is considering a ban on the sponsorship of sports events by drinks companies. The National Substance Misuse Strategy Group is due to complete its report by the end of next month. Health promotion groups argue that sponsorship of sports events by drinks companies encourages people, especially young people to drink alcohol, and contributes to alcohol abuse. The National Youth Council, which is one of 33 bodies on the National Substance Misuse Strategy Group, says linking alcohol... Full Story

Travellers’ life expectancy still lags far behind

The life expectancy for men in the travelling community is just 61 years -- the same as it was more than two decades ago, a major report warned yesterday. This is 15 years less than men in the general population, signalling a widening gap since the last study into the health of the travelling community in 1987, the Department of Health report revealed. "This is equivalent to the life expectancy of the general population in the 1940s," according to the... Full Story

Jameson ‘one of Ireland’s great export successes’

Global   sales of Jameson Irish Whiskey grew by 9% in volume terms and 12% in value in the last year, with the Irish Government's 20% cut in excise taxes helping domestic sales. The brand was one of the strongest performers for French drinks giant, Pernod Ricard - which ultimately owns it, via its ownership of Irish Distillers - in its latest financial year, to the end of June. In all, 2.92 million cases of Jameson were sold during the period... Full Story

NI psychiatrists call for minimum price for alcohol

Psychiatrists have called on the Stormont Executive to introduce a minimum price for alcohol. The Royal College of Psychiatrists said local ministers should follow Scotland's lead in proposing a minimum price of 45p per unit. The chair of the college, Dr Philip McGarry, said psychiatrists see "the dreadful consequences" of dangerous alcohol consumption. He said a price increase was a very effective way to curb harmful drinking. Dr McGarry explained: "The relationship between alcohol misuse and mental health problems is... Full Story

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

Latest Reports

Alcohol Action Ireland Annual Accounts 2017

Audited accounts for the ending 31 December 2017

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Submission to TRIS Notification 2018/22/IRL

This is Alcohol Action Ireland's submission to the EU Commission's TRIS notification process: 2018/22/IRL, commenced to examine aspects of the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill, 2015.

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PreBudget Submission 2018

Pre Budget submission to the Department of Finance August 2018

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