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Alcohol Advertising And Sponsorship In Formula One: A Dangerous Cocktail

A new report which presents data on the extent of alcohol advertising during the 2014 Formula One (F1) Monaco Grand Prix together with an analysis of F1 teams' sponsorship by the alcohol industry was issued today by the European Alcohol Policy Alliance (Eurocare), Institute of Alcohol Studies (UK) and Monash University (Australia). The findings from the report show that alcohol sponsorship of F1 provides a platform for an extremely high exposure of alcohol advertising to audiences. The report shows that... Full Story


Alcohol’s evaporating health benefits

BMJ Editorial Mike Daube, professor of health policy m.daube@curtin.edu.au Industry lobbying and promotion are rife and unchecked by governments Given the harms attributed to alcohol use, it is not surprising that reports1 2 showing possible mortality benefits for low level users attracted enthusiasm among consumers, the media, and the alcohol industry, along with those who welcomed this as a positive response to accusations that calls for action were based on moral fervour. These apparent benefits are now evaporating, helped along... Full Story


Does alcohol-related activity on Facebook promote drinking?

The more a Facebook user gets involved in alcohol-related pages or posts – whether it's a like, share or comment – the more likely that person is to consider drinking alcohol. From Michigan State University As part of a Michigan State University study, more than 400 participants were asked their feelings after they encountered and responded to alcohol-related Facebook items. The results: The more engagement, the greater their chances are of wanting to drink. “What we found is if people... Full Story


Alcohol benefits might be too good to be true

Comforted by regular headlines that moderate drinking is good for your health and will prolong your life? From The Sydney Morning Herald A new study published in a leading medical journal suggests these claims are too good to be true. While high alcohol consumption has been linked to more than 200 diseases and chronic conditions, some research has suggested that moderate consumption (1-2 drinks per day) may protect against heart disease and help prevent an early death. But after examining... Full Story


Call for ban on alcohol advertising at sport events

he Government has been told to end alcohol sponsorship of sports clubs and ban any advertising of beer, wine and spirits during televised matches by a ministerial forum. From New Zealand Herald The forum, chaired by former rugby league coach and businessman Graham Lowe, concluded after a two-year inquiry that the total cost of alcohol-related harm in this country was "enough to justify further restrictions on alcohol advertising and sponsorship". The six-person panel was set up by former Justice Minister... Full Story


Alcohol must be ‘top public health priority’

Alcohol is one of the world's top priority public health areas and one of the main risk factors for non-communicable diseases. Even though only half the world's population drinks alcohol, it is the world's fifth leading cause of ill health and premature death. In western Europe it is the sixth leading risk factor and in eastern Europe it is the number one risk factor. From The Parliament The WHO European region remains the area of the world with the highest... Full Story


Most adults who drink too much are not alcoholics, CDC study finds

Contrary to popular opinion, only 10% of US adults who drink too much are alcoholics, according to a federal study released this week, a finding that could have implications for reducing consumption of beer, wine and liquor. From the Guardian While many people think that most, if not all, heavy drinkers are alcoholics, medical specialists have long suspected that belief is incorrect, said Robert Brewer, an author of a study by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that... Full Story


Charities have duty to speak out on social policy

ALCOHOL lobbyists must be countered, says Evelyn Gillan From The Scotsman Charities have been in the political firing line again after George Osborne urged business leaders to speak out in favour of the free market to counter “an anti-free market movement led by trade unions and charities”. The Chancellor's comments come hot on the heels of a suggestion by one of his ministerial colleagues that charities should “stick to their knitting”. One can't help wondering what happened to the Westminster... Full Story


Alcohol calorie content: Labels needed, say doctors

Alcohol should have a calorie content label in order to reduce obesity, according to public health doctors. From BBC News The doctors warn a large glass of wine can contain around 200 calories - the same as a doughnut. Yet the Royal Society for Public Health says the vast majority of people are blissfully unaware. Public Health Minister Jane Ellison said "great strides" had been made with labelling food, and that the government will look at the issue. The drinks... Full Story


One in four people in Northern Ireland would drive after drinking alcohol, study finds

One in four people in Northern Ireland say they would drive after drinking alcohol, a new survey has found. From the Belfast Telegraph The annual Road Safety Monitor Survey also found half of passengers would get into a car where the driver had one drink. Environment Minister Mark H Durkan said he was concerned at the findings. "I am concerned that a quarter of drivers would get behind the wheel of a car after one alcoholic drink," he said. "My... 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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