advocating to reduce alcohol harm

Alcohol charity warns of ‘cheap booze’ ahead of Leaving Cert celebrations

Alcohol Action Ireland, the national charity for alcohol-related issues, congratulated the country's 59,000 Leaving Cert students but reminded them in the run-up to celebrations that they have a choice about whether to drink and if they do drink to remember - there can be a high cost for cheap alcohol. Charity Director Fiona Ryan said: "The Leaving Cert can be a very emotional time for those getting results. We would encourage parents to ask their teens how they're feeling about... Full Story


Save Lives — Support the Road Traffic Bill, urges Alcohol Action Ireland

Alcohol Action Ireland, the national charity for alcohol-related issues, is appealing to every member of the Dáil to save lives on Irish roads by supporting the Road Traffic Bill. When passed, the Road Traffic Bill 2009 will lower the drink drive limit from 80mgs of alcohol per 100mls of blood to 50mgs, and to 20mgs for novice and professional drivers. The Bill also provides for compulsory alcohol testing at the scene of all road collisions where someone is injured. Speaking... Full Story


Alcohol charity welcomes new ‘life saver’ drink-driving legislation — stricter penalties needed

Alcohol Action Ireland, the national charity for alcohol related issues, today welcomed the passing of legislation lowering the drink driving limit and allowing for mandatory alcohol testing in injury-related accidents but called for stricter penalties on those flouting the new limits. The Road Traffic Bill 2009 reduces the drink driving limit from a Blood Alcohol Concentration limit 80mg of alcohol per 100mls blood to 50mg of alcohol per 100mls, while the limit for learner and professional drivers has been cut... Full Story


Charity calls for ‘map’ of alcohol retail outlets across country to assess concentration and impact on local communities

Alcohol Action Ireland, the national charity for alcohol related issues, today welcomed the new Ballymun initiative to reduce alcohol-related   harm saying the strategy tackles "head on" the relationship between alcohol-related harm and the ready availability of alcohol. Alcohol Action Ireland Director Fiona Ryan said: "Both Ballymun Local Drugs Task Force and Safer Ballymun Community Safety Forum should be congratulated on their innovative community-based strategy to reduce alcohol-related harm. The strategy provides a basis to initiate a mapping exercise across the... Full Story


Alcohol charity urges parents to talk about “drink plans” with Leaving Certs

Alcohol Action Ireland, the national charity for alcohol-related issues, urged parents of Leaving Certs to talk with their children about celebratory plans as part of the organisation's general appeal to students to take care and stay safe. The charity's director Fiona Ryan urged parents to be aware of their teenagers' post-exam plans and to discuss simple 'stay safe' guidelines with their children. She said:   "It's natural young people are looking forward to celebrating the end of a tough exam season.... Full Story


Welcome for World Health Organisation strategy to reduce alcohol related harm

Strategy underlines effectiveness of policies regarding pricing, availability and marketing of alcohol Alcohol Action Ireland, the national charity for alcohol-related issues, today backed the World Health Organisation's strategy to reduce the harms from alcohol.   Director Fiona Ryan said: "This is an important step that recognizes the impact of alcohol-related harms and provides a strategy for tackling them.     "Ireland is unfortunately familiar with all forms of alcohol-related harm and pays a heavy price for that familiarity."   One of the key elements... Full Story


Young Carers of parents with alcohol problems “more vulnerable because they are hidden”

Alcohol Action Ireland, the national charity for alcohol related issues, today praised a government report on young carers but warned that children looking after alcohol-dependent parents were at even more risk because of the hidden nature of the problem. The charity's director Fiona Ryan said: "This report shows that young carers are a vulnerable group of children and the more hidden the child, the more vulnerable the child. The shame, stigma and denial that go with alcohol problems in families,... Full Story


Ireland Tops Euro Binge Drinking Poll

Alcohol Action Ireland, the national charity for alcohol related issues, today voiced alarm that Ireland was again top of the European binge drinking league with one in four of us downing five drinks or more in one sitting in the previous month - double the European average. Alcohol Action Ireland's Policy Development Officer Cliona Murphy said: "Binge drinking affects all ages but young people are the group most likely to binge drink on a regular weekly basis. Binge drinking puts... Full Story


Social Cost of Alcohol – Alcohol Action Ireland in the European Parliament

Alcohol Action Ireland's Cliona Murphy made the closing remarks at a seminar on The Social Cost of Alcohol in the European Parliament on the 2nd February 2010. You can listen at   http://www.eurocare.org/press/previous_events/the_social_cost_of_alcohol_passive_drinking_02_02_2010   


Budget 2010 | Alcohol Action Ireland “shocked and surprised” at Budget plans to cut excise on alcohol

Alcohol Action Ireland, the national charity for alcohol-related issues, says it is shocked and surprised at Budget plans to cut excise on alcohol by as much as 60 cent. Speaking after Minister for Finance, Brian Lenihan's Budget 2010 speech, Acting Director Cliona Murphy said: “Reducing excise is bad news for the Irish economy.” Ms Murphy said: “At a time when the Minister is cutting supports for the most needy and vulnerable, he is proposing major cuts in excise on a... Full Story


Latest Reports

Alcohol Action Ireland Annual Accounts 2017

Audited accounts for the ending 31 December 2017

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Submission to TRIS Notification 2018/22/IRL

This is Alcohol Action Ireland's submission to the EU Commission's TRIS notification process: 2018/22/IRL, commenced to examine aspects of the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill, 2015.

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PreBudget Submission 2018

Pre Budget submission to the Department of Finance August 2018

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