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Wine sales climb 3.8pc as cut in excise duty halts shopping exodus to North

People are going back on the vino after a disastrous drop in wine sales last year was halted by a cut in excise duty. New figures show wine sales are up 3.8pc so far this year, helping reverse a drop of 10pc last year, when wine lovers were travelling to the North in droves to stock up on cheaper bottles. However, sales of champagne and champagne wine were down slightly as people opted instead for bottles of red, and preferably... Full Story


Teens to be surveyed on drink and drugs experiences

Irish teenagers will be asked about their experiences of drink and drugs as part of a Europe-wide survey in schools early next year. However, it is unclear yet if they will be asked about their use or otherwise of substances sold in head shops, whose operations have been clamped down on by recent legislation but which were hugely popular with teenagers and young adults. The last European School Survey Project on Alcohol and Drugs (ESPAD) research here in 2007 showed... Full Story


What I did today… Mr Cathal O’Donnell, Emergency medicine

'In emergency medicine, you never know what'll hit you. Anything can come at you on any given day, and every day is different, though weekend work seems to be largely made up of cases involving drug overdoses or alcohol abuse, mainly alcohol. "The people involved can be as young as 14 or they can be quite elderly -- I had a man in recently who was in his eighties and had fallen down on the way home from the pub... Full Story


Government advised to ban alcohol firms from sponsoring sporting events

Proposals to ban sponsorship of sports and other events by drinks companies are expected to be included in a report to government to be finalised next month. The National Substance Misuse Strategy Steering Group has been meeting on a monthly basis since January to consider alcohol consumption, supply, treatment, marketing, advertising and sponsorship. It is due to send a report to the cabinet for approval next month and is expected to call for a ban on alcohol sponsorship and significant... Full Story


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


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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