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New opinion poll shows overwhelming public support for Government action to curb alcohol marketing that appeals to young people

New opinion poll shows overwhelming public support for Government action to curb alcohol marketing that appeals to young people   82% of people who support this action are Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil supporters   A new opinion poll commissioned by Alcohol Health Alliance Ireland shows strong support for Government action to curb alcohol marketing that appeals to young people.   The poll, conducted by Ireland Thinks, between 12 and 16th June among a sample of 1,300 adults across the... Full Story


Response to Irish Media Industry report

The Public Health (Alcohol) Bill contains a range of measures designed to work cohesively to reduce alcohol consumption in Ireland so lessening alcohol related harms. Implemented together, they will provide a reasonable, pragmatic means to achieving the ambition of this progressive public health initiative. The media industry, as the report outlines, warns that new advertising restrictions proposed in the Bill will 'cost the Irish media sector an estimated €20m a year'. This is again typical of the divisive language that... Full Story


Alcohol Action Ireland welcomes today’s publication of the National Cancer Strategy 2017-2026.

The National Cancer Strategy 2017-2026 will focus on preventing cancer across Ireland's growing population, aims to diagnose cancer earlier, provide optimal care to patients and maximise the quality of life for who live with cancer.   Commenting on the Strategy, Eunan McKinney, Head of Communications and Advocacy at Alcohol Action Ireland, said: 'At Alcohol Action Ireland, we realise the anguish and loss that having cancer can bring but sadly we are also acutely aware of what role alcohol can contribute... Full Story


Alcohol Action responds to Irish Times article on sponsorship of arts events

Our letter to the Irish Times, 29 June With respect to your article 'Alcohol Bill will cut €8.5m sponsorship of arts events says drink industry' (26 June), the observations outlined are unnecessarily alarmist and regrettably mistaken. The Public Health (Alcohol) Bill contains a range of measures designed to work together to reduce alcohol consumption in Ireland so lessening alcohol related harms. Implemented together, they will provide a reasonable, pragmatic means to achieving the ambition of this progressive public health initiative.... Full Story


An Taoiseach renews his commitment to Public Health (Alcohol) Bill

Alcohol Action Ireland today welcomed, An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar's renewed commitment to completing passage of the Public Health Alcohol Bill. In his opening speech last evening on the nomination of government, An Taoiseach, established the immediate priorities of his government. In addressing the priorities for Health, he outlined that he had asked Minister Simon Harris, newly re-appointed Minister for Health, to: 'complete passage of the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill through the Houses as soon as possible' For over 500 days... Full Story


European Policy Seminar demands political leaders grasp a ‘once in a decade opportunity’ to strengthen child health protection measures

Alcohol Action Ireland and EuroCare will today (Wednesday) host a policy seminar to discuss the Audiovisual Media Services Directive (AVMSD), currently before the EU institutions, which represents an important opportunity to strengthen measures to protect children from alcohol marketing. https://youtu.be/k8LHNw0xgJY Europe has one of the highest levels of alcohol consumption in the world and since the non-renewal of the EU Alcohol Strategy which expired in 2012, action to reduce alcohol harm has been effectively left to individual member states. The... Full Story


Media Diary Notice – European Policy Seminar, June 7th, 2017.

Alcohol Action Ireland and Eurocare: European Alcohol Policy Alliance, as a joint initiative, will host a European Policy Seminar next Wednesday 7th June, 2017 in Brussels This seminar is being held at a key time as the Audio-Visual Media Services Directive (AVMSD), is currently being revised by the European Institutions.   Theme: Self Regulation is No Regulation: The Case of Protecting Children from Alcohol Marketing Venue: Norway House, Rue Archimede 17, 1000 Brussels. Time: 11.00 - 15.00 Key Contributors:  Afternoon... Full Story


Alcohol Action Ireland applauds the comments from Special Rapporteur on Child Protection, Dr. Geoffrey Shannon, highlighting the adverse consequences for the welfare of many children posed by alcohol.

              Alcohol Action Ireland notes the publication of 'An Audit of the exercise by An Garda Sí­ochána of the provisions of Section 12 of the Child Care Act 1991'. The audit, and published report, was conducted and produced by the Special Rapporteur on Child Protection, Dr. Geoffrey Shannon. It examined 591 cases in 2014 where the Gardaí­ exercised emergency powers under the 1991 Act, to remove a child to a place of safety having... Full Story


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


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


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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