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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


Alcohol Action remain confident of the primacy of Public Health measures

Alcohol Action Ireland note the close of the EU Commission's TRIS notification procedure [23.59, Friday 20th April] on Ireland's amended Public Health alcohol legislation. While the 'Comments' received from Member States such as Denmark, France, Greece, Romania Slovakia and United Kingdom will be of interest, we note that the Commission has opted, at this point, to make comment only on the proposed amendments to the Bill, as passed by Seanad Éireann last December. While these Comments and the Detailed Opinion from Member States' Portugal and Italy... Full Story


The extraordinary burden on others from Ireland’s harmful use of alcohol.

New research report highlights an untold story:   the extraordinary burden on others from Ireland’s harmful use of alcohol.    ·         One in two people have been bothered and harassed, felt afraid and unsafe from strangers’ drinking. ·         Two in five people are stressed and threatened, and have experienced familial difficulties, in a blend of psychological and tangible harms, from drinkers they know.  ·         Children, so often the silent voice, are negatively affected from someone else’s drinking and experience specific harms including verbally abuse and witness to serious violence in their homes.  ·         For one in seven workers, alcohol is making a significant factor in their workplace, where extra work hours and days lost impacted on... Full Story


Alcohol Action Ireland calls for Ireland’s drinking guidelines to be revised.

Alcohol Action Ireland today urged the Department of Health to initiate a review of Ireland’s current recommended low-risk drinking guidelines in light of the findings from a recently published study in the Lancet, which supports limits for alcohol consumption that are lower than those currently recommended. The study, led by University of Cambridge and funded by the UK Medical Research Council, British Heart Foundation, the UK National Institute for Health Research, European Union Framework 7 and European Research Council, and... Full Story


Latest Reports

Get 'Em Young

The National Youth Council of Ireland’s 2009 Get’ Em Young report revealed that young people are exposed to alcohol marketing through at least 16 communication channels on a regular basis. These include TV, magazines and newspapers, internet, street flyers, billboards, post, radio, cinema, merchandise, music, sports stadiums and bus.

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Untold Damage: Children’s Accounts of Living with Harmful Parental Drinking

A recent Scottish study shows that many of those negatively affected by some-one else’s drinking are children and reveals that a high number of callers to ChildLine Scotland are children concerned about their parents drinking. The 2009 Untold Damage: Children’s Accounts of Living with Harmful Parental Drinking study describes childhoods impacted by severe emotional distress, neglect, and increased risk of physical violence and abuse as a result of harmful parental drinking.

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Impact of Alcohol Advertising and Media Exposure on Adolescent Alcohol Use: A Systematic Review of Longitudinal Studies

Longitudinal studies consistently suggest that exposure to media and commercial communications on alcohol is associated with the likelihood that adolescents will start to drink alcohol, and with increased drinking amongst baseline drinkers.

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