Working to reduce alcohol harm

The Drinks Industry can have their ads but they can’t have Christmas too!

The Alcohol Beverage Federation of Ireland (ABFI) have recently issued a statement, and supporting video advertorial on social media, again critical of the measures proposed in the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill. The piece criticises the measures as seeking the demise of an 'iconic' television advert for an alcoholic beverage, and highlights the aspects that may be lost. The measures within the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill do not prohibit any drinks producer from advertising their product. What the Bill seeks to... Full Story


Alcohol Action Ireland publishes 2018 Pre-Budget submission

Media Statement From Alcohol Action Ireland Tuesday, 29th August 2017.   Alcohol Action Ireland call on government to retain the current level of excise duty Highlights the need to reconsider the introduction of a Social Responsibility levy on all alcohol Demands immediate enactment of the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill and the Minimum Unit Pricing measure, given rising consumption and low cost of drinking recommended low-risk alcohol limits   Alcohol Action Ireland today published its 2018 Pre-Budget submission, which had been... Full Story


Another ‘Leaving Cert’ celebration begins without adequate legislation in place to protect young people.

As another season of post Leaving Certificate results parties begins, Alcohol Action has called on government and the Oireachtas to finally act and pass the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill before next year's celebrations comes around. Commenting on this year's activity, Eunan McKinney, Head of Communications and Advocacy at Alcohol Action Ireland, said:   'Priced based promotions continue to be used extensively to attract young people, who are keenly price-sensitive and often deliberately targeted by these promotions.   A review of... Full Story


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


Latest Reports

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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Alcohol - The Irish Situation

An updated (November 2016) fact sheet on alcohol in Ireland from the Health Research Board.

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