Working to reduce alcohol harm

Ireland tops list for pregnant women drinking

Ireland has the world's highest rate of women drinking alcohol while pregnant, even though public health campaigns warn repeatedly of the risk to the baby. According to the research, 60.4% of Irish women continue to drink when they are expecting a baby, amounting to six times the global average of one in 10. From the Irish Examiner The next highest rate of drinking after Ireland was to be found in Belarus, where 46.6% of women admitted drinking. Denmark came third... Full Story


Job Vacancy – Head of Communications and Advocacy

Alcohol Action Ireland are looking to recruit a Head of Communications and Advocacy to increase awareness and understanding of Alcohol Action Ireland's work to reduce alcohol-related harm and engage and grow support for our advocacy activities. Location: Coleraine House, Coleraine Street, Dublin 7 Apply by: 5pm on Friday, February 17, 2017 Position / Title: Head of Communications and Advocacy Reporting to: CEO Contract type: Full-time How to apply: Applicants should email their CV, including a cover letter, to suzanne@alcoholactionireland.ie Alcohol... Full Story


Alcohol’s cost to society

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has pointed out that, beyond health consequences, the harmful use of alcohol brings significant social and economic losses to individuals and society at large.[i] In Ireland, the burden of alcohol related harm is often experienced by those around the drinker, such as a family member, friend, co-worker or innocent bystander.  Alcohol’s harm to others undermines public safety and is experienced in every community, ranging from the nuisance factor, feeling unsafe in public places, drink-driving, to... Full Story


900 people in Ireland diagnosed with alcohol-related cancer every year – Sobering facts to be delivered at public talk tonight

Irish Cancer Society statement: Alcohol is the cause of around 900 incidences of cancer in Ireland each year, and 500 of these patients will die of their disease. These sobering facts will be highlighted at a public talk tonight (Wed, December 7) on the links between alcohol and cancer. The Irish Cancer Society event ’Decoding Cancer – Alcohol and Cancer: The Sobering Facts' will see Addiction Psychiatrist Dr Peter Rice address the implications of what we drink on how likely... Full Story


National Children’s Charities Join Forces to Support Alcohol Bill: Enough is Enough

Three of Ireland's leading children's charities, Barnardos, the Children's Rights Alliance and the ISPCC have joined forces today to express disappointment at the postponement of the debate on the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill. 30 Nov 2016. Published by the Children's Rights Alliance. This comes in the wake of comments in the Seanad yesterday by Nicola Sturgeon, MSP, First Minister of... Full Story


Time to turn awareness into action and support our communities in their efforts to reduce alcohol harm

“Those working hard to address alcohol misuse in communities throughout Ireland are doing a great job in difficult circumstances. They are working at the very sharp edge of alcohol harm and see on a daily basis the devastation that is caused by our harmful relationship with alcohol for so many people and their families,” said Conor Cullen, Head of Communications and Advocacy with Alcohol Action Ireland. “Many of these community-based organisations, led by the drug and alcohol task forces, have... Full Story


New Irish study shows minimum unit pricing for alcohol will affect 14% of drinkers

Research shows that the cheapest alcohol products were favoured by the heaviest drinkers, irrespective of income levels From the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Research led by RCSI (Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland) and the Health Research Board has examined the relationship between high-risk drinking, personal income, place of purchase and price paid for alcohol. This is first Irish study to investigate the potential impact of minimum unit pricing for alcohol at a population level. It was conducted... Full Story


Alcohol Action Ireland welcomes ruling on Minimum Unit Pricing

Alcohol Action Ireland welcomes the ruling of the Scottish Court of Session and hopes to see minimum unit pricing (MUP) implemented in Scotland as soon as possible, where it will save lives and reduce alcohol harm. This is also a positive ruling for public health in Ireland, as MUP is one of the key measures contained in the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill, which is due to return to the Seanad next Wednesday. This is our first ever public health legislation... Full Story


Awareness of risks associated with excessive alcohol consumption is lowest among those who binge drink the most

Awareness of some of the most significant risks associated with excessive alcohol consumption is lowest among those young people who binge drink the most, the Healthy Ireland Survey 2016 has shown. The survey found that 37% of drinkers in Ireland binge drink on a typical drinking occasion, but among those under-25 this increased to 67% for young men and 39% for young women. Those aged under 25 are also typically less aware of the risks of excessive drinking, despite engaging... Full Story


Alcohol Action Ireland response to ESPAD survey

“The ESPAD survey released today shows some positive trends when it comes to alcohol consumption among Irish children, particularly declines in heavy episodic drinking and drunkenness from the 2011 survey, which are very welcome,” said Conor Cullen, Head of Communications and Advocacy with Alcohol Action Ireland. “However, it is important to remember that these are children and therefore we still have a long way to go in terms of protecting them from the large risks to their health and wellbeing... Full Story


Latest Reports

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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A review of 2014 RTC fatalities with a positive toxicology for alcohol

The preliminary findings of this report, which examined the toxicology reports of those killed in road crashes in 2014, has revealed that 31% of people killed had alcohol in their system at the time of their deaths.

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Cancer Prevention Factsheet

A factsheet from the National Cancer Control Programme on alcohol and cancer.

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