Working to reduce alcohol harm

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, mentaldrinking.ie, 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


Alcohol Action Ireland and RCPI’s Alcohol Policy Group call for the introduction of minimum pricing in Pre Budget Submissions

The Royal College of Physicians of Ireland 's Policy Group on Alcohol and Alcohol Action Ireland, the national charity for alcohol-related issues, are calling for the introduction of minimum pricing on alcohol in their Pre-Budget Submissions. In a... Full Story


Alcohol Action Ireland appoints Suzanne Costello as its new CEO

Alcohol Action Ireland, the national charity for alcohol-related issues, is delighted to announce the appointment of Suzanne Costello as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Ms Costello joins Alcohol Action Ireland from the Samaritans, where she served as the organisation's Executive Director for Ireland since 2007, establishing the Samaritans as the leading provider of emotional support in Ireland and a key contributor to national policy development and delivery in... Full Story


Latest Reports

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.

application/pdf 510.5 KiB DOWNLOAD

A review of 2014 RTC fatalities with a positive toxicology for alcohol

The preliminary findings of this report, which examined the toxicology reports of those killed in road crashes in 2014, has revealed that 31% of people killed had alcohol in their system at the time of their deaths.

application/pdf 154.0 KiB DOWNLOAD

Cancer Prevention Factsheet

A factsheet from the National Cancer Control Programme on alcohol and cancer.

application/pdf 66.5 KiB DOWNLOAD

1 2 3 62