advocating to reduce alcohol harm

Alcohol Action Ireland calls for Ireland’s drinking guidelines to be revised.

Alcohol Action Ireland today urged the Department of Health to initiate a review of Ireland’s current recommended low-risk drinking guidelines in light of the findings from a recently published study in the Lancet, which supports limits for alcohol consumption that are lower than those currently recommended. The study, led by University of Cambridge and funded by the UK Medical Research Council, British Heart Foundation, the UK National Institute for Health Research, European Union Framework 7 and European Research Council, and... Full Story

CEO attends EU presidency conference ‘Cross-Border aspects in Alcohol Policy – tackling harmful use of Alcohol’

Suzanne Costello, Alcohol Action Ireland CEO, has attended the Estonian EU Presidency's conference on alcohol policy in Tallinn. The aim of the conference is to reduce alcohol related harm in the EU by strengthening member states' capacities for implementing effective health policy and tackling cross-border issues. During the conference, experts from different fields and policy makers to discuss the aspects of alcohol policy where regional or EU wide cooperation is needed to succeed in reducing the alcohol-related harm in Europe.... Full Story

How much are we really drinking?

What is our current level of per capita alcohol consumption? Our current level of alcohol consumption, based on 2016 figures, is 11.46 litres of pure alcohol per person aged 15+, an increase of 4.8% from 2015 (10.93 litres). If you exclude the 20% of the population aged 15+ who do not drink alcohol, our alcohol consumption rises to 14.33 litres of pure alcohol for every Irish person aged 15 and over. There were increases recorded in all categories of alcohol... Full Story

Students launch campaign to highlight the impact of alcohol on youth mental health

The Union of Students of Ireland (USI) has today (Wednesday) launched a new campaign that highlights the mental health impact of harmful drinking on young people. The USI's new resource on alcohol and mental health,, contains easy-to-understand information on the risks that alcohol consumption, particularly binge drinking, pose to young people, and the impact this can have on their mental health and wellbeing. As part of its campaign, the USI is also encouraging third level students to lead by... Full Story

All-Party Oireachtas Group on Alcohol Misuse Launched

The Cross Party Oireachtas Group on Alcohol Misuse was launched in Leinster House last week. 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, with a particular emphasis on the Public Health Alcohol Bill. Alcohol Action Ireland – the national charity for alcohol related issues – will act as secretariat for the group, through which Oireachtas members will gain access... Full Story

Alcohol’s role as a serious risk factor in mental health difficulties put under the spotlight

Alcohol's role as a serious risk factor in mental health difficulties was put under the spotlight at a national conference held by Alcohol Action Ireland, the national charity for alcohol-related issues, recently. Facing ’The Fear': Alcohol and Mental Health in Ireland took place at the Royal College of Physicians on Kildare Street, where a packed conference room heard – through both expert speakers and personal... Full Story

Facing the fear — over half our population drinks in a high-risk way

It's impossible to seriously address mental health in Ireland without resolving our harmful relationship with alcohol, says Suzanne Costello, CEO of Alcohol Action Ireland. Last Month World Suicide Prevention Day was marked, and last week World Mental Health Day took place – it was good to see the important issues raised on these days being debated and heard. The importance of good mental health is beginning to gain the recognition it deserves in Ireland. But it is impossible to be... Full Story

Alcohol Action Ireland welcomes the increase in excise duty and highlights the importance of minimum pricing

Alcohol Action Ireland, the national charity for alcohol-related issues, has welcomed the decision by the Government to increase excise duty on alcohol in Budget 2014, but has warned that tax alone cannot effectively target the very cheapest alcohol products being sold in the off-trade. “We welcome the increase in excise duty on a pint of beer or cider, and a standard measure of spirits by 10 cent and on a 75cl bottle of wine by 50 cent. Following on from... 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

Alcohol takes centre stage on “Arthur’s Day”

"Arthur's Day is neither an altruistic nor philanthropic initiative. It's a very well-resourced marketing campaign to increase the sales of Diageo products," said Suzanne Costello, CEO of Alcohol Action Ireland. "The reality is that alcohol, and not music, takes centre stage on Arthur's Day, which is an alcohol marketing event that serves exactly the same function as the alcohol industry's sponsorship of sports and arts events, which is to increase awareness of an alcohol brand, sell more of that alcohol... Full Story

Latest Reports

PreBudget Submission 2018

Pre Budget submission to the Department of Finance August 2018

application/pdf 887.0 KiB DOWNLOAD

Ireland Thinks Poll - Attitudes To Alcohol

Ireland Thinks poll, commissioned by Alcohol Health Alliance, conducted June 12th to June 16th 2017.

application/pdf 644.2 KiB DOWNLOAD

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 ( 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.

application/pdf 510.5 KiB DOWNLOAD

1 2 3 63