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Alcohol Action Ireland urges Government to make reaching agreement on a ban of alcohol sponsorship of sports a priority

Alcohol Action Ireland welcomed recent media reports today (Sunday) that there is an agreement in principle at Cabinet level that we need to break the close links between the alcohol industry and our sporting organisations by introducing a ban on alcohol sponsorship of sports. “It's very encouraging to hear that there is agreement within Government with the Department of Health's view that pairing a healthy activity, such as sport, with an unhealthy product, such as alcohol is causing problems for... Full Story


National alcohol charity says the latest increase in spending on booze reflects the urgent need for a comprehensive national alcohol strategy

Alcohol Action Ireland, the national charity for alcohol-related issues, has said figures from the Central Statistics Office (CSO), showing an increase in our total spend on alcohol in 2012 further highlight the urgent need to address our harmful relationship with alcohol. “More than €6.3 billion is a huge figure for a relatively small country like Ireland to spend on alcohol in a year and it's particularly worrying that our total spend on alcohol in 2012 increased for the second year... Full Story


Diageo’s threat to scale back its Irish operations highlights the potential of proposed measures to improve public health

Alcohol Action Ireland, the national charity for alcohol related issues, has called on the Government not to bow to pressure from corporate interests as it prepares its plan to tackle alcohol-related harm. “Diageo's threat to ’pull back' on its Irish operations if the Government implements a ban on alcohol sponsorship of sports is the clearest example yet of the alcohol industry's ongoing attempts to translate its financial power into political power and halt the current attempts to tackle this country's... Full Story


Irish men are at an increased risk of cancer and their drinking habits are part of the problem

The latest report on cancer in Ireland contains a telling quote about our attitude to alcohol: “Despite the attempts to combat excess alcohol intake through policy... it is clear that the general population underestimates, ignores or is unaware of the risks.” , a report commissioned by the Irish Cancer Society, shows once again the cancer risks posed by alcohol consumption. Published during Men's Health Week, the report says that projections... Full Story


Why is it important to bring alcohol sponsorship of sports to an end?

The Steering Group Report on the National Substance Misuse Strategy contains 45 recommendations to reduce alcohol-related harm in Ireland, but if you are not familiar with the process then recently you'd be forgiven for thinking it only contained one. Recent media coverage of the measures proposed by Minister Alex White for inclusion in the Public (Health) Alcohol Bill has focused almost exclusively on one issue – alcohol sponsorship of sports. You may have heard passing mention of measures relating to... Full Story


Scottish court decision also bolsters the Irish case for minimum pricing

Alcohol Action Ireland has welcomed the ruling by the Court of Session, Scotland's supreme civil court in favour of the legality of the Scottish Government's plans to introduce minimum pricing. The judgement clears the way for the introduction of minimum pricing in Scotland following the legal challenge by the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) and several European wine and spirits bodies, who claimed that minimum pricing breaches the UK's European Union (EU) Treaty obligations because it would restrict trade. The SWA... Full Story


Partnerships with alcohol companies are nothing for our sporting organisations to be proud of

Alcohol Action Ireland is calling on the country's sporting organisations currently in receipt of alcohol sponsorship money to widen their search for new commercial sponsors so they can break their close links with the alcohol industry. “The GAA's recent deal with Liberty Insurance, which will replace Guinness as one of the three main sponsors of the All-Ireland Hurling Championship, shows that not only should alcohol sponsorship be removed from sports in Ireland, but that it is possible without causing a... Full Story


Alcohol Action Ireland welcomes statement from the RCPI’s Policy Group on Alcohol

Alcohol Action Ireland welcomes the recent  statement from the Royal College of Physician of Ireland's (RCPI) Policy Group on Alcohol and echoes its calls for the introduction of minimum pricing, along with other key measures to tackle alcohol marketing and availability. "The huge increases in the rate of young Irish people suffering – and dying – from chronic alcohol-related conditions outlined in the statement from the RCPI today are shocking, but unfortunately they are not surprising given our high levels and... Full Story


Alcohol Action Ireland appoints a new Policy and Advocacy Officer

Alcohol Action Ireland is delighted to announce the appointment of Catherine Keane as its new Policy and Advocacy Officer. Catherine is a qualified solicitor with significant policy development experience at an Irish and EU level, having worked for the Fine Gael Leader's Office in Leinster House and for former MEP Avril Doyle in the European Parliament, Brussels. She worked in private practice as a civil litigation and employment law solicitor before taking up her role with Alcohol Action Ireland. "We... Full Story


Alcohol & Our Health

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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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