Working to reduce alcohol harm

Drinks industry puts profit before public health

Alcohol Action Ireland, the national charity for alcohol-related issues, has said that a statement issued today (Wednesday) on behalf of ’Drinks Industry Leaders' is merely the latest in a series of attempts by the alcohol industry to influence the policy agenda in ways that favour their business interests at the expense of the health of the Irish people. “The call today for a ’collaborative approach' by the alcohol industry is its latest attempt to seek a role for itself in... Full Story


Irish women urged to put the health and wellbeing of their children first by not drinking alcohol during pregnancy

THE country's three largest maternity hospitals have joined with Alcohol Action Ireland, the national charity for alcohol-related issues, to warn of the damage that can be caused to the unborn child by drinking alcohol during pregnancy. The National Maternity Hospital, The Rotunda Hospital and the Coombe Women & Infants University... Full Story


Minimum pricing will lead to a reduction in alcohol-fuelled crime and save lives, Joint Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality hears

The introduction of minimum pricing will lead to reduction in alcohol-fuelled crime in Ireland and save lives, according to a leading alcohol policy expert. Professor Tim Stockwell told the Joint Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality that minimum pricing has led to a reduction in crime and deaths due to alcohol in Canada and would have similarly positive results if introduced in Ireland. Alcohol Action Ireland, the national charity for alcohol-related issues, and Professor Stockwell, Director at the Centre for... Full Story


New HSE report reveals the full extent of alcohol-related harm in Ireland

Alcohol Action Ireland, the national charity for alcohol-related issues, said the Alcohol's Harm to Others in Ireland report, launched today (Monday, March 24) by the HSE, shows the full extent of the huge burden that alcohol places on Irish society. “We know that the majority of Irish people who drink, do so in harmful manner and this is reflected by the fact that three people die every day from an alcohol-related illness in Ireland, while diseases such as liver cirrhosis... Full Story


Alcohol Action Ireland to address Joint Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality

Alcohol Action Ireland, the national charity for alcohol-related issues, will address the Joint Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality next Tuesday, March 25 at 12 noon Alcohol plays a key role in crime in Ireland and the type and severity of alcohol-related offences are wide-ranging, from inconvenience and disturbance to violent assault and manslaughter. The annual cost of alcohol-related crime to the State is an estimated €1.2 billion.* The Committee will also hear from Professor Tim Stockwell, a world-leading expert... Full Story


All-Party Oireachtas Group on Alcohol Misuse Launched

The Cross Party Oireachtas Group on Alcohol Misuse was launched in Leinster House today (04.03.2014) The informal, all-party group, which is being chaired by Labour Party TD, Ged Nash, is seeking to progress legislation and policy that can help reduce alcohol harm in Ireland,... Full Story


Drinking ‘game’ can have very real consequences for young people

“Unfortunately, this so-called drinking ’game', which has its origins elsewhere, now seems to be gaining some traction throughout social media in Ireland in recent days. While some may see it as a game, the consequences of drinking large volumes of alcohol in a short period of time can have very real consequences for people in terms of their health and wellbeing," said Suzanne Costello, CEO of with Alcohol Action Ireland.   “Participating in this ’game' is clearly bad for your health... Full Story


Alcohol charity calls for legislation to regulate drinks promotions and advertising which encourage harmful binge drinking among young people

Alcohol Action Ireland, the national charity for alcohol-related issues, has criticised the type of drinks promotion that led to a huge crowd of young people gathering outside a Dublin nightclub on Monday. “Promotions like this are aimed squarely at young people and encourage the type of harmful binge drinking that is such a threat to their health and wellbeing. The fact that this drinks promotion is called ’Messy Mondays' is a clear statement of intent and the fact that this... Full Story


Tackling harmful drinking is crucial for improving mental health in Ireland

Alcohol's role as a serious risk factor in mental health difficulties was examined by expert speakers at a national conference held by Alcohol Action Ireland, the national charity for alcohol-related issues, in Dublin today (Wednesday). Facing ’The Fear': Alcohol and Mental Health in Ireland, took place at the Royal College of Physicians on Kildare Street, where those in attendance heard about the impact that our harmful drinking is having on a range of mental health issues, including depression, anxiety, self-harm... Full Story


Alcohol Action Ireland welcomes the announcement of the Government’s new measures to deal with alcohol misuse

Alcohol Action Ireland, the national charity for alcohol-related issues, has welcomed the Government's announcement of the measures to be included in the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill. “The evidence regarding the need to tackle alcohol-related harm is overwhelming and reports have been mounting for years now without anything happening in terms of a national strategy, so it's very encouraging to finally see this Government take decisive action to tackle what is a major public health issue,” said Suzanne Costello, CEO of... 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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