Working to reduce alcohol harm

The Public Health (Alcohol) Bill will save lives, reduce harms, alleviate public services and release scarce public funds for greater socio-economic benefit.

The Public Health (Alcohol) Bill is a progressive piece of legislation designed to significantly and positively alter Ireland’s harmful relationship with alcohol. It will ensure that alcohol misuse is treated as a serious public health problem. The legislation is part of a wider range of reasonable and pragmatic measures under the strategic framework of Healthy Ireland, which aims to improve the nation’s health and wellbeing. It will seek to reduce our per capita consumption from 11.46 litres in 2016 to... Full Story


Alcohol Action Ireland’s submission to the EU Commission’s Agriculture and Rural Development consultation on ‘Modernising and Simplifying the Common Agricultural Policy’ (CAP)

What are the main problems/obstacles preventing the current policy from successfully delivering on its objectives? What are the drivers behind these problems? Most of the CAP money relating to alcohol is spent on wine subsidies, both productivity support and promotional measures. Since Ireland is not a producer of wine, none of that money reaches Ireland in direct subsidies. However, the knock-on effect of these subsidies has help to drive down the price of wine across the EU and increase the... Full Story


New report highlights how Alcohol industry beat the rules on advertising during UEFA Euro 2016

A new report highlights how alcohol producers disregard the spirit of the law to circumvent local regulations designed to protect children during the UEFA Euro 2016 football tournament. Researchers at the Institute for Social Marketing, University of Stirling, found over 100 alcohol marketing references per televised match programme in three countries – France, the UK and Ireland. Most marketing appeared in highly visible places, such as pitch-side advertising during the matches. This was the case, despite the fact that the... Full Story


Time to put words into action – Open letter to Members of the European Parliament

Alcohol Action Ireland is a co-signatory of the open letter to the Members of the European Parliament who sit in the Committee on Culture and Education (CULT), in relation to the ongoing revision of the Audiovisual Media Services Directive (AVMSD). Dear members of the Committee on Culture and Education, Time to put words into action On 25 May 2016, the European Commission adopted a proposal to revise the Audiovisual Media Services Directive (AVMSD), which includes provisions governing commercial communications for... Full Story


Alcohol, self-harm and suicide – an all-island perspective

The North South Alcohol Policy Advisory Group invites you to a Knowledge Exchange Seminar: Alcohol, self-harm and suicide -an all-island perspective It takes place on Wednesday, May 3, 2017, from 10am to 4pm at Chartered Accountants House, 47-49 Pearse Street, Dublin 2. This seminar will facilitate sharing of knowledge and experiences between a range of stakeholders working in policy, research, service delivery and community action on alcohol, self-harm and suicide. It aims to facilitate knowledge exchange on: Evidence on the... Full Story


High prevalence of ‘pre-drinking’ and heavy drinking identified in new survey

Alcohol Action Ireland has described the findings of a new survey on 'pre-drinking' as worrying, due to the prevalence of harmful drinking patterns identified in Ireland. The survey, published in Drug and Alcohol Review, examined the effects of drinking, heavy drinking and drink prices on 'pre-drinking', with pre-drinking defined as alcohol consumed before going out, where more alcohol is consumed. The survey, using data provided to the Global Drug Survey by those aged 16 to 35, found that Ireland was... Full Story


We have an unhealthy relationship with alcohol and it’s spilling onto our roads, says Minister Ross

The preliminary findings of a new 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. The examination of toxicology reports for 2014* was commissioned by the Road Safety Authority (RSA) and conducted by the Health Research Board (HRB) as part of the NDRDI (National Drug Related Death Index).  It is the most up to date information available... Full Story


‘Drink less, gain more’ – HSE launches AskAboutAlcohol.ie

The HSE has launched a new website for the public on alcohol – about how much we’re drinking, how it affects our health, and how we can gain more by drinking less. Speaking at today’s launch of AskAboutAlcohol.ie, Dr Stephanie O’Keeffe, HSE National Director for Health & Wellbeing said, “This is the first HSE website that  provides dedicated information about alcohol risk and offers support and guidance to anyone who wants to cut back on their drinking. Comprehensive surveys show... Full Story


Ireland’s per capita alcohol consumption increased in 2016

Alcohol consumption in Ireland increased during 2016, according to provisional figures released by the Revenue Commissioners. The figures show that per capita alcohol consumption was 11.46 litres of pure alcohol per person aged 15+ in 2016, an increase of 4.8% from 2015, when it was 10.93 litres. There were increases recorded in all categories of alcohol: spirits (+8.9%), cider (+8.5%), wine (+6.2%), and beer (+3.7%). Alcohol Action Ireland is calling on the Government to implement the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill... Full Story


Alcohol is having a devastating impact on our young people’s mental health – Minister McEntee

National Taskforce on Youth Mental Health discusses the damage alcohol is doing to the mental health of our young people in the context of the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill Minister of State for Mental Health and Older People Helen McEntee today (Wednesday) reiterated her support for the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill. The Minister was speaking after the National Taskforce on Youth Mental Health discussed, at its recent meeting, the damage alcohol is doing to the mental health of our young... Full Story


Latest Reports

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 (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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