Working to reduce alcohol harm

Alcohol ‘risk factor’ for suicide – time to move on ‘overdue’ legislation, says charity

For Immediate Release: World Suicide Prevention Day September 10th, 2009 Alcohol Action Ireland - the national charity for alcohol-related issues - is calling on the Government to act on overdue legislation such as the Sale of Alcohol Bill in order to reduce young people's access to alcohol as well as introducing a minimum price "floor" so that alcohol cannot be sold at cut price.   Speaking on the eve of World Suicide Prevention Day, Alcohol Action Ireland Director Cliona Murphy said:... Full Story


09.09.09 — Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Day

For Immediate Release: Alcohol Action Ireland                              8 September 2008    Government should move on overdue alcohol information/warning labels    60% of Irish women continue to drink during pregnancy –   figure “desperately worrying”    Alcohol Action Ireland, the national charity for alcohol-related issues, today called on the government to act on overdue legislation and put information/warning labels on alcohol as Irish doctors told a top EU experts conference that six out of ten Irish women continue to drink during their... Full Story


“Play it safe – ask about your children’s plans for Junior Cert results night” Alcohol Action Ireland

Alcohol Action Ireland                                                                                                                 8 September 2009 Alcohol Action Ireland, the national charity for alcohol-related issues, urged parents of Junior Cert students to be aware of the challenges and pressures facing their children on results night and have an open and honest conversation with their children. Alcohol Action Ireland Director Fiona Ryan said: "Over 56,500 young people have worked very hard to reach this critical educational milestone and, of course, they will want to celebrate. We know there will be significant... Full Story


Parents urged to ask Leaving Certs about “drink” plans

For immediate release Alcohol Action Ireland, the national charity for alcohol-related issues, has appealed to young people receiving their Leaving Cert results today to take care if they are planning on drinking, to stick together and stay safe. Alcohol Action Ireland CEO Fiona Ryan also urged parents to be aware of their teenagers' plans for the evening and to be on their guard for any emergencies. Ms Ryan said: "It's a good idea for parents to ask their children -... Full Story


71,000 “often felt afraid or unsafe as a result of parental drinking” during childhood

71,000 "often felt afraid or unsafe as a result of parental drinking" during childhood Alcohol Action Ireland call on Government to examine extent of problem backed by Barnardos and ISPCC "Fear and anxiety make bad childhood friends. The impact of parental alcohol problems are not just yesterday's problems but today's and tomorrow's too." Alcohol Action Ireland, the national charity for alcohol-related issues, today revealed that the equivalent of 71,000 Irish adults said they often felt afraid or unsafe during their... Full Story


Decision not to increase excise on alcohol a ‘lost opportunity’

Alcohol Action Ireland, the national charity for alcohol-related issues, today described the decision not to increase excise duty on alcohol in the Budget today as a lost opportunity to yield revenue for vital health and social services, as well as reducing the harms caused by alcohol use.    Director of Alcohol Action Ireland, Fiona Ryan said: “A modest 10c increase on alcohol could have raised much needed revenue. To translate that 10c into real lives:   €9.7milllion could have funded the... Full Story


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10c increase on drink could raise €140m to save lives

Alcohol Action Ireland, the national charity for alcohol-related issues, urged the Government in the run-up to next week's Budget, to consider a modest 10c increase on alcohol – an increase that could raise €140million for health including providing the cervical cancer vaccine for all 12-year-old girls in the country and a 24-7 social work service. Director of Alcohol Action Ireland, Fiona Ryan said: “To translate that 10c into real lives:   €9.7milllion would fund the vaccination of 12-year-old girls against the... Full Story


Alcohol misuse contributing significantly to anxiety, depression and suicide

Alcohol misuse contributing significantly to anxiety, depression and suicide –  2 out of 5 cases of deliberate self-harm involve alcohol “Raise alcohol taxes in Budget to fund early intervention, prevention and treatment services and combat alcohol related harm” Alcohol Action Ireland, the national charity for alcohol related issues, today underlined the link between alcohol misuse and damage to mental health and urged the Government to raise taxes on alcohol in next Tuesday's budget and use the additional revenue to fund early... Full Story


Don’t blame kids — getting access to alcohol “not a problem” for teens

Don't blame kids – getting access to alcohol “not a problem” for teens: commence test purchasing as a matter of urgency “Junior Cert celebrations just a more hyped version of the reality of teen drinking pattern – three out of five teens have binged on alcohol in previous month - 86% of teenagers said getting beer or spirits easy” On the day 54,000 Junior Cert students were due to celebrate results, Alcohol Action Ireland, the national charity for alcohol-related issues,... Full Story


Latest Reports

PreBudget Submission 2018

Pre Budget submission to the Department of Finance August 2018

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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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