KEY FINDINGS: Alcohol's Harm To Others

Key findings from a report, prepared for the HSE by Dr Ann Hope, Department of Public Health and Primary Care, Trinity College, Dublin. The report outlines alcohol harm's to others in Ireland, where the burden of alcohol related harm is often experienced by those around the drinker, be they family member, friend, co-worker or innocent ‘bystander’.
April 1, 2014 - 632.1 KiB

Exposure of Children and Adolescents to Alcohol Marketing on Social Media Websites

In 2011, online marketing became the largest marketing channel in the UK, overtaking television for the first time. This study aimed to describe the exposure of children and young adults to alcohol marketing on social media websites in the UK. All five of the alcohol brands studied maintained a Facebook page, Twitter page and YouTube channel, with varying levels of user engagement. Facebook pages could not be accessed by an under-18 user, but in most cases YouTube content and Twitter content could be accessed by those of all ages. The authors concluded that the rise in online marketing of alcohol and the high use of social media websites by young people suggests that this is an area requiring further monitoring and regulation.
March 24, 2014 - 96.4 KiB

Alcohol's harm to others in Ireland

This report, prepared for the HSE by Dr Ann Hope, Department of Public Health and Primary Care, Trinity College, Dublin, outlines alcohol harm's to others in Ireland. In Ireland, the burden of alcohol related harm is often experienced by those around the drinker, be they family member, friend, co-worker or innocent ‘bystander’. Alcohol’s harm to others (AH2O) undermines public safety and is experienced in every community. The negative effects from other people’s drinking are visible in the public domain and can range from the nuisance factor, feeling unsafe in public places to the violent attack by an intoxicated drinker. Physical assaults and driving a car while under the influence of alcohol can contribute to injuries, accidents, disabilities and death of innocent people. Although not often publicly visible, alcohol’s harm to others within the family can have very serious consequences for the safety and well-being of family members, with children being the most vulnerable.
March 24, 2014 - 1.1 MiB

A comparison of alcohol sales and alcohol-related mortality in Scotland and Northern England

The rate of alcohol-related mortality in Scotland is substantially higher than other countries in the UK. Yet, data from self-report surveys generally show similar levels and patterns of alcohol consumption. Alcohol sales data enable a more objective estimate of alcohol consumption and show higher population consumption levels in Scotland compared with England & Wales. Estimates of self-reported consumption in northern English cities have been shown to be comparable to similarly deprived Scottish urban areas, yet alcohol deaths were more than twice as high in the latter. The aim of this brief report was to use alcohol retail sales data to assess population levels of alcohol consumption in regions of Scotland and Northern England, and to compare these with levels of alcohol-related mortality.
March 11, 2014 - 514.7 KiB

Cancer Incidence and Mortality due to Alcohol: An Analysis of 10-Year Data

Alcohol consumption is causally related to cancer of the upper aero-digestive tract, liver, colon, rectum, female breast and pancreas. The dose response relationship varies for each site. This report calculates Ireland'€™s cancer incidence and mortality attributable to alcohol over a 10-year period. Between 2001 and 2010.
March 11, 2014 - 27.5 KiB

Minimum Pricing of Alcohol versus Volumetric Taxation: Which Policy Will Reduce Heavy Consumption without Adversely Affecting Light and Moderate Consumers?

A study conducted to estimate the effect on light, moderate and heavy consumers of alcohol from implementing a minimum unit price for alcohol (MUP) compared with a uniform volumetric tax. It found that while both a MUP and a uniform volumetric tax have potential to reduce heavy consumption of wine and beer without adversely affecting light and moderate consumers, a MUP offers the potential to achieve greater reductions in heavy consumption at a lower overall annual cost to consumers.
March 11, 2014 - 317.9 KiB

Drug-related deaths and deaths among drug users in Ireland

This update presents figures from the National Drug-Related Deaths Index (NDRDI) on deaths due to poisoning by alcohol and/or other drugs, and deaths among drug users, in the period 2004–2011. The figures in this update supersede all previously published figures.
March 11, 2014 - 243.2 KiB

Effects of minimum unit pricing for alcohol on different income and socioeconomic groups: a modelling study

Several countries are considering a minimum price policy for alcohol, but concerns exist about the potential effects on drinkers with low incomes. The Sheffield Alcohol Research Group aimed to assess the effect of a £0·45 minimum unit price (1 unit is 8 g/10mL ethanol) in England across the income and socioeconomic distributions.
March 11, 2014 - 328.3 KiB

Young People, Alcohol and Sex: What’s Consent Got To Do With It?

This latest research commissioned by the RCNI has arisen from a prolonged period of engagement and learning in the area of alcohol and sexual violence.The RCNI has sought to understand and respond appropriately to the phenomenon of alcohol harm as it has increased in terms of the experiences of survivors being supported in Rape Crisis Centres and the wider policy focus on the issue.
March 11, 2014 - 1.2 MiB

The role of alcohol in young adults’ identity creation on Facebook

Jemma Lennox, University of Glasgow, gave the talk, ‘You want people to say you have a fun life’: The role of alcohol in young adults’ identity creation on Facebook, as part of the Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems (SHAAP) and the Scottish Alcohol Research Network (SARN) ‘Alcohol Occasional’ seminars, which showcase new and innovative research on alcohol use. One of her findings was that although young people might believe that they are independently creating their identities online, this activity is highly influenced by others, including the alcohol industry, who promote drinking as central to the construction of a confident and outgoing social personality.
December 2, 2013 - 201.0 KiB

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