advocating to reduce alcohol harm

Alcohol Action Ireland call on 13 TDs further delaying the Alcohol Bill to back better public health, and protect our children first, ahead of a thriving alcohol industry.

Alcohol Action Ireland has called on the 13 TDs from many political parties and none, urban and rural, to withdraw their proposed amendments to the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill, ahead of the forthcoming Report and Final Stages, next Wednesday. Citing the continuous lobbying pressure from the alcohol industry, Alcohol Action highlighted that regrettably these TDs by further delaying enactment are now advancing alcohol business interests rather than leading to protect the health and wellbeing of their constituents. Since the Bill was... Full Story


Alcohol Action Ireland release its annual Alcohol Market Review and Price Survey 2018

Alcohol Action Ireland today (9th August) published its annual alcohol market review and price survey. It again demonstrates the remarkable affordability of alcohol to every day shoppers and the urgent necessity to implement the Public Health Alcohol Bill including Minimum Unit Pricing that will ensure the low cost of the strongest, cheapest alcohol will be tackled. Alcohol so cheap - Irish Men can drink to weekly low risk threshold for as little as €8.49; women €5.49. Ireland’s Off-Licence holders share... Full Story


European Public Health advocates unite to support Ireland’s Public Health Alcohol Bill.

Today (Friday, 20 July) marks the close of the EU Commission’s TRIS notification procedure on Ireland’s amended Public Health Alcohol legislation, and the ending of the ‘Standstill’ period that delayed enactment of the legislation. In commending the progressive action adopted by the Irish Government, and the preventative measures within the Public Health Alcohol Bill, many leading public health organisations across Europe have submitted firm contributions validating the actions being proposed. Crucially, they reaffirm the established link between alcohol consumption and... Full Story


Alcohol Action make submission to the EU Commission’s review of the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill

Alcohol Action Ireland has formally submitted its consideration on amended aspects of Ireland's Public Health (Alcohol) Bill, currently being considered by the EU Commission as part of a TRIS notification process. The Public Health (Alcohol) Bill had been re-notified to the Commission earlier this year, having been amended, and passed, by Seanad Eireann in December 2017. Three additional specifications to labelling, advertising and broadcast watershed were presented. Having received some Comment and Detailed Opinions from Member States in the first... Full Story


Alcohol Action Ireland welcomes further progress on the Public Health Alcohol Bill

Public Health Alcohol Bill takes another decisive step closer to enactment completing Committee Stage today before the Select Health Committee.   Alcohol Action Ireland today welcomed the progress being made by the Oireachtas on the Bill and noted its completion of the Committee Stage before Dáil Éireann’s Select Committee on Health. The Bill will now go to Report and Final Stages in Dáil Éireann, probably early in the Autumn session and before Budget 2019.  Commenting on the advancement of the... Full Story


10 GOOD REASONS to retain a warning that is intended to inform the public of the direct link between alcohol and fatal cancers

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), an agency of the World Health Organisation, has classified alcohol as a Group 1 carcinogen. (IARC, 1988) The IARC has stated there is a casual link between alcohol and cancer of the oral cavity, pharynx, larynx, oesophagus, liver, colon, rectum and female breast. (IARC) In Ireland, Alcohol is responsible for 1 in 8 Breast Cancers (HSE). Breast cancer is the most common cancer and the most common cause of cancer death in... Full Story


TDs asked to step ‘through the looking glass’ to create a strange parallel world, free from alcohol risk.

Dáil Éireann's Select Committee on Health to take Public Health Alcohol Bill Committee Stage, Wednesday 20thJune, and to consider yet further dilution of the Bill’s provisions. Alcohol Action Ireland today (Wednesday, 20 June) has called for an end to alcohol industry’s persistent lobbying of the Oireachtas on the provisions of the Public Health Alcohol Bill. The Bill appears before the Select Committee on Health today, over 900 days after having commenced its legislative passage. The Committee’s Members will consider a... Full Story


900 days since the Public Health Alcohol Bill began its legislative journey, and still no end in sight.

As this week (28 May) marks the passing of 900 days since the Public Health Alcohol Bill began its legislative passage through the Houses of the Oireachtas, Alcohol Action Ireland has called on the Minister for Health, Simon Harris TD, to renew his focus and prioritise the legislation. Over that time, sadly the shocking levels of alcohol related harms have continued unabated: 2,700 deaths were alcohol related; that is three per day. 9,894 cases of alcohol related self-harm have been... Full Story


Alcohol Action Ireland rejects ABFI’s assessment of the EU Commission’s Comments on the Public Health Alcohol Bill.

In response to the recent comments from the Alcohol Beverage Federation of Ireland (ABFI: 7th May), Alcohol Action Ireland have refuted the assertion that the EU Commission has stated that Ireland’s proposed measures, as outlined in the Public Health Alcohol Bill, ‘go beyond what is required to effectively tackle alcohol misuse’. In its ‘Comments’ to the Government of Ireland, the EU Commission makes clear its concerns are primarily regarding the possible impact on the export of alcoholic beverages to Ireland,... Full Story


Scottish introduction of Minimum Unit Pricing will save lives

Scottish introduction of Minimum Unit Pricing will save lives  Alcohol Action Ireland today (1st May) welcomed the introduction of Minimum Unit Pricing (MUP) on alcohol in Scotland. This comes after what has been an incredible, six-year battle against ‘big alcohol’ who sought, at every opportunity, to derail the Scottish government’s public health policy.  The introduction of MUP in Scotland is forecasted to save over 50 lives in year one of implementation. Alcohol Focus Scotland have said that MUP will help... Full Story


Latest Reports

Alcohol - The Irish Situation

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

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Diageo's 'Stop Out of Control Drinking' Campaign in Ireland: An Analysis

It has been argued that the alcohol industry uses corporate social responsibility activities to influence policy and undermine public health, and that every opportunity should be taken to scrutinise such activities. This study analyses a controversial Diageo-funded ‘responsible drinking’ campaign (“Stop out of Control Drinking”, or SOOCD) in Ireland. The study aims to identify how the campaign and its advisory board members frame and define (i) alcohol-related harms, and their causes, and (ii) possible solutions.

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The Irish European School Survey Project on Alcohol and Other Drugs (ESPAD) Report 2015

This report is based on the 2015 European Schools Project for Alcohol and Other Drugs (ESPAD) Survey carried out in Ireland and is the sixth Irish data-collection wave of ESPAD. It is based on data from more than 1,400 Irish students surveyed in 2015. The most important goal of the ESPAD survey is to monitor trends in alcohol and other drug use among 15-16 year-olds and to compare trends between countries and groups of countries. It also provides the opportunity to observe the changes in these trends in Ireland over the six waves in the past 20 years.

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