Working to reduce alcohol harm

Parents are encouraged to help their children make the Leaving Certificate results celebrations memorable for the right reasons

Alcohol Action Ireland, a national charity working to reduce alcohol harm, is encouraging parents to talk to their children about the risks associated with alcohol ahead of the release of the Leaving Certificate results on Wednesday. “Students deserve to go out, celebrate getting their results with their friends and we hope they enjoy marking this milestone in their young lives,” said Conor Cullen, Head of Advocacy and Communications with Alcohol Action Ireland. “We know that, for a significant number of... Full Story


Impact of harmful parental drinking on children highlighted by Oireachtas Cross Party Group on Alcohol Harm

The impact of harmful parental drinking on children in Ireland was outlined at a briefing organised by the Oireachtas Cross Party Group on Alcohol Harm in Leinster House this morning (06.07.16). The briefing for Oireachtas members heard from Grainia Long, Chief Executive of the Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (ISPCC); Tanya Ward, Chief Executive of the Children's Rights Alliance, and June Tinsley, Head of Advocacy at Barnardos. Senator Frances Black, Chairperson of the Oireachtas Cross Party... Full Story


Alcohol consumption’s devastating impact on Ireland’s health reflects the need for urgent action by Government

Alcohol Action Ireland, the national charity for alcohol-related issues, has said that the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill must be implemented without further delay to reduce alcohol harm in Ireland. “The Health Research Board's (HRB) analysis of the hospital in-patient reporting system clearly shows the huge burden that harmful drinking places on our health service and on individuals, families and communities throughout Ireland. It is important to remember that each one of the hundreds of thousands of ’discharges' in this study... Full Story


Alcohol Action Ireland response to Drinks Industry Group of Ireland statement

Alcohol Action Ireland has responded to a statement issued by the Drinks Industry Group of Ireland: Latest Revenue Commissioner Data Shows Alcohol Consumption in Ireland Continues to Fall. “There was a very slight, but welcome decrease of less than one per cent in our alcohol consumption in 2015. The reason that per capita alcohol consumption is important in a public health context is that it is considered a good indicator of levels of alcohol harm in a country, an issue... Full Story


Irish women must be fully informed when it comes to their drinking

Alcohol Action Ireland has called for Irish women to be fully informed when it comes to decisions around their alcohol consumption. Irish women are now drinking more alcohol, and more often, than previous generations and the impact of this change in drinking patterns is already clear in a number of worrying health trends, including an increase in the number of young women presenting with serious alcohol-related conditions, such as liver cirrhosis, and a high rate of alcohol-related cancers. Speaking on... Full Story


Minimum unit pricing is a much more targeted, effective measure than excise duty

Alcohol Action Ireland has said the judgement delivered by the European Court of Justice (ECJ), issued this morning, states that minimum unit pricing (MUP) for alcohol is not precluded by EU law if it is considered to be an appropriate and proportionate response for “the protection of human life and health”. According to this judgement, the test as to whether MUP is legal or not is whether it is more effective than less restrictive tax measures, namely excise duty. The... Full Story


Alcohol Action Ireland welcomes the publication of the Public Health Alcohol Bill

“The Public Health Alcohol Bill is a landmark piece of legislation and a critical first step in addressing one of our most significant public health problems. Alcohol misuse claims three lives every day in Ireland and has a hugely damaging impact on our nation's physical and mental health,” said Conor Cullen, Head of Advocacy and Communications. “It's also important, in the context of legislation, to remember that the harm caused by our alcohol consumption extends far beyond the individual who... Full Story


Irish children are exposed to large volumes of alcohol marketing, research finds

More than 90% of children reported that they were exposed to traditional, or offline, alcohol advertisements in the week prior to the study and more than half saw four or more alcohol advertisements per day 77% of children reported exposure to alcohol marketing online 61% of children reported that they owned alcohol branded merchandise Alcohol Action Ireland, the national charity for alcohol-related issues, has said the introduction of legislation regulating alcohol marketing is a child protection issue. Alcohol Marketing and... Full Story


‘No alcohol, no risk’ is the message on international FASD Day

There is no safe level of alcohol consumption during pregnancy, Irish women are being reminded on international Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Day, September 9. Suzanne Costello, CEO of Alcohol Action Ireland, the national charity for alcohol-related issues, said it's in a child's best interests for its mother not to drink alcohol while pregnant due to the risk of damaging the physical and mental development of the unborn child. “Damage to the unborn child from alcohol takes a number of... Full Story


Alcohol should play no part in Junior Cert celebrations, warns Alcohol Action Ireland

“It's natural that students who are getting their Junior Cert results this week want to celebrate with their friends. This is an important milestone for them and they should enjoy the celebrations after three years working towards their exams,” said Conor Cullen, Head of Communications and Advocacy with Alcohol Action Ireland. “However, alcohol should play no part in these celebrations and there is a real and immediate obligation on alcohol retailers – pubs, nightclubs, supermarkets, shops, and off-licenses – to... 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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