Working to reduce alcohol harm

Advocate General’s opinion indicates that Irish Government can proceed with a minimum unit price for alcohol

Alcohol Action Ireland, the national charity for alcohol-related issues, said the Advocate General's opinion, issued this morning, is encouraging as it indicates that minimum unit pricing (MUP) for alcohol is not precluded by EU law if it is considered to be a better measure than taxation for reducing alcohol harm. “There is nothing in today's opinion, ahead of the final response from the European Court of Justice later this year, that impedes the Irish Government from proceeding with a minimum... Full Story


Irish tourism should not be allowed to serve as a smokescreen for the campaign for cheaper alcohol

Irish tourism has been placed at the centre of the alcohol industry's campaign for cheaper alcohol in an attempt to mask the hugely damaging impact an excise duty cut would have on our health and wellbeing, according to Alcohol Action Ireland, the national charity for alcohol-related issues. “The success of Irish tourism is effectively being used as a smokescreen by the alcohol industry which is trying to force through an excise duty cut on the grounds that it is key... Full Story


Excise duty on alcohol must be set at a level that reflects its significant health, social, and economic impacts

“If you are an 18-year-old in Ireland today, the excise duty on beer has increased just twice, and been cut once, during your lifetime” An increase in alcohol affordability represents a threat not just to the health of individuals, but to our society and our economy, warned Alcohol Action Ireland. Launching its Pre-Budget Submission, the national charity for alcohol-related issues said that alcohol is far from an ’old reliable' come Budget time and the real price of alcohol has steadily... Full Story


Parents encouraged to speak to children about risks of alcohol ahead of Leaving Cert celebrations

Alcohol Action Ireland, the national charity for alcohol-related issues, is encouraging parents to talk to their children about the risks associated with alcohol ahead of their Leaving Cert results on Wednesday. “It's natural that young people receiving their Leaving Cert results want to go out 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. “Getting the Leaving Cert results can be an emotional... Full Story


Alcohol Action Ireland calls on Government to put the health of children first and not to pass the alcohol industry’s self-regulatory codes into law

Alcohol Action Ireland has told the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health and Children that it will be spurning the opportunity to make a significant difference to the health and wellbeing of future generations of Irish people if it fails to tackle alcohol marketing and advertising, including alcohol sponsorship of sport, as part of the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill. Suzanne Costello, CEO of Alcohol Action Ireland, said: “Due to the ongoing failure to introduce effective regulations and legislation governing this area,... Full Story


Alcohol Health Alliance to support Public Health (Alcohol) Bill

Independent alliance will bring public health perspective to alcohol debate The Alcohol Health Alliance is new initiative to support the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill, a new piece of legislation that has the potential to significantly reduce the harm caused by alcohol consumption in Ireland, has been launched today. The Alcohol Health Alliance will work together to: Highlight the rising levels of alcohol-related health harm Propose evidence-based solutions to reduce this harm Campaign for the implementation of the Public Health (Alcohol)... Full Story


Plans to put existing code of conduct on sport’s sponsorship on a statutory footing weaken the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill

Plans to place the existing voluntary code of sports sponsorship on a statutory footing will do more harm than good, and will act as a barrier to alcohol harm reduction among young people in particular. That's according to Alcohol Action Ireland, which was responding to media reports that the forthcoming Public Health (Alcohol) Bill will integrate the existing code of sports sponsorship. According to Suzanne Costello, CEO of Alcohol Action: “The existing code of practice written by, and regulated by,... Full Story


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


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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