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Alcohol Action Ireland | Increase alcohol excise, reduce alcohol harms and costs

Alcohol Action Ireland, the national charity for alcohol-related issues, today (16 November 2009) launched its Pre Budget Submission, proposing a modest 10 cent increase in excise duty on alcohol and the implementation of minimum pricing, in order to reduce current high levels of alcohol-related harms and costs. Acting Director Cliona Murphy said: “The damage caused by our drinking puts an unnecessary strain on our families, our services and our economy.” “Our high levels of alcohol use costs us, both in... Full Story


Alcohol Action Ireland asks ALL members of the Oireachtas to vote in favour of newly published Road Traffic Bill

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | Alcohol Action Ireland    Alcohol Action Ireland, the national charity for alcohol-related issues, is once again appealing to every member of the Oireachtas to help save lives and reduce injuries on Irish roads by supporting the Road Traffic Bill. If passed, the Road Traffic Bill will reduce the drink drive limit from 80mgs of alcohol per 100mls of blood to 50mgs and make alcohol testing mandatory at the scene of all road collisions. Speaking in advance... Full Story


Alcohol & breast cancer: an avoidable risk

Include information/health warnings on all packaged alcohol Alcohol Action Ireland, the national charity for alcohol-related issues, again called on the Government to act on overdue legislation and put information/health warning labels on all packaged alcohol. Speaking on Europa Donna Breast Health Day (15th October 2009), Acting Director Cliona Murphy said: “Consumers have the right to be made aware of the relationship between alcohol use and the risks to health. “For instance, there is an undeniable link between alcohol and breast... Full Story


HSE National Office of Suicide Prevention: Youth mental health adverts

Alcohol Action Ireland, the national charity for alcohol-related issues welcomes the launch today by the National Office of Suicide Prevention of its new youth mental health awareness TV advert and echoes its message to ’let someone know' about your worries.    Alcohol Action Ireland's Acting Director Cliona Murphy said: “We fully support the message to let someone know. We want to use this advert as an opportunity to highlight the effect that alcohol can have on a person's mental health.... Full Story


Save lives — lower alcohol level for drivers

Reduce drink drive limit for motorists Introduce compulsory alcohol testing of all drivers in road collisions Alcohol Action Ireland, the national charity for alcohol-related issues, has called on the Government to fully support legislation due before the Oireachtas during Irish Road Safety Awareness Week, lowering the drink-drive limit to 50mgs of alcohol per 100mls of blood, from its current level of 80mgs. Speaking at the beginning of Irish Road Safety Week, Alcohol Action Ireland's Acting Director Cliona Murphy stressed the... Full Story


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


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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