Working to reduce alcohol harm

Action needed to reduce death toll from alcohol-related cancers

The challenge of reducing the number of lives claimed by alcohol-related cancers was discussed at the Cross Party Oireachtas Group on Alcohol Harm in Leinster House this (Thursday) morning. 900 Irish people are diagnosed with alcohol-related cancers and around 500 people die from these disease every year, according to the National Cancer Control Programme (NCCP). Alcohol is classified as a group 1 carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) and can cause cancer of the mouth, pharynx,... Full Story


More than 1,000 Irish people have died due to harmful use of alcohol since the Government announced the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill

Alcohol Action Ireland has called on the Government to send out a clear message that we can no longer tolerate our high levels of alcohol harm and make the implementation of the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill a priority, one year on from its announcement. The measures to be included in the Bill were announced on Friday, October 24, 2013, when the Government said it recognised the severe consequences of the misuse of alcohol and that it was determined to take... Full Story


Government must prioritise public health over profit – response to DIGI claims

“The Drinks Industry Group of Ireland is asking our Government to put the health and wellbeing of Irish people at risk by lowering the price of alcohol in the interests of profit,” said Suzanne Costello, CEO of Alcohol Action Ireland. “While publicans may wish to portray excise duty as the reason for their struggles, we know that the number of pub licences decreased by just 1.3% between 2011 and 2013, when there was an increase in excise duty. The vast... Full Story


The Irish public would have to foot the bill for cheaper alcohol

The Irish public will be asked to foot the bill for lower alcohol prices if the alcohol industry campaign for lower excise duty is successful, Alcohol Action Ireland has warned. “The alcohol industry's concerted campaign for a cut in excise duty is seeking to focus everyone's attention on its economic contribution while encouraging them to ignore the significant harm caused by its products to the people of Ireland,” said Suzanne Costello, CEO of Alcohol Action Ireland. “Our Government is being... Full Story


Junior Cert celebrations should not involve alcohol

“It's natural that students who are getting their Junior Cert results today want to have a good time and celebrate with their friends. This is an important milestone for them and they should enjoy the celebrations," said Suzanne Costello, CEO of Alcohol Action Ireland. "However, these celebrations should not involve alcohol and there is a real and immediate obligation on alcohol retailers - pubs, nightclubs, supermarkets, shops and off-licenses - to ensure that they are not selling alcohol to people... Full Story


Government urged not to bow to pressure of profit-driven alcohol industry in Budget 2015

Alcohol Action Ireland, the national charity for alcohol-related issues, has urged the Government to prioritise public health over private profit in Budget 2015 and resist calls for a cut excise duty on alcohol. “We have seen in recent years that increases in excise duty have reduced alcohol consumption and generated significant additional revenue for the Exchequer, while cuts in excise duty have had the opposite effect. Therefore, to cut excise duty makes no sense for the physical, mental or financial... Full Story


Young people celebrating their Leaving Cert results should not be targeted by cheap alcohol promotions

Alcohol Action Ireland, the national charity for alcohol-related issues, has called on pubs and nightclubs not to use cheap alcohol promotions to target young people planning on celebrating their Leaving Cert results this week. “It's natural that students want to go out, have a good time and celebrate with their friends. This is an important milestone for them and they should enjoy the celebrations,” said Conor Cullen of Alcohol Action Ireland. “The reality is that for a significant number of... Full Story


Ireland cannot afford the price of cheap alcohol in the off-trade

Alcohol Action Ireland, the national charity for alcohol-related issues, has said that calls for a reduction in excise duty on alcohol serve only vested interests, not the public health. “Despite the current claims by alcohol industry bodies, Minister for Finance Michael Noonan last week confirmed that the excise duty on beer, cider and spirits, as a percentage of the price in the on-trade, are still lower now than they were in 2003,” said Suzanne Costello, CEO of Alcohol Action Ireland.... Full Story


We can no longer afford to accept our harmful relationship with alcohol as the norm, says Alcohol Action Ireland

Alcohol Action Ireland, the national charity for alcohol-related issues, has said that, as a nation, we are in collective denial about our alcohol problem. Speaking following the release of Alcohol Consumption in Ireland 2013: Analysis of a National Alcohol Diary Survey, Suzanne Costello, CEO of Alcohol Action Ireland, said that we need to face up to our harmful drinking if we are to reduce alcohol-related harm and improve health, safety and wellbeing for all. "The Health Research Board's comprehensive survey... Full Story


Ireland’s high levels of harmful binge drinking highlighted by World Health Organisation (WHO)

Alcohol Action Ireland has called for the swift implementation of the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill to reduce health risks from alcohol, after a WHO report revealed that Ireland has the second highest rate of binge drinking in the world. The WHO's Global status report on alcohol and health 2014 found that 39% of all Irish people aged 15-years-old and over had engaged in binge drinking, or “heavy episodic drinking”, in the past 30 days. This puts Ireland just behind Austria... 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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