It is in a child’s best interests for a prospective mother not to drink alcohol while pregnant, due to the risk of damaging the physical and mental development of the unborn child — damage which can have serious, life-long consequences.
March 28, 2014 - 335.1 KiB
Alcohol's role as a serious risk factor in mental health difficulties, including suicide, self-harm and depression, was examined by expert speakers at a conference held in November 2013 by Alcohol Action Ireland, the national charity for alcohol-related issues.
March 11, 2014 - 1.7 MiB
Submission to the Advertising Standards Authority for Ireland on The Review of the Code of Standards for Advertising
In Ireland there is no statutory regulation of alcohol marketing, only voluntary codes. The codes themselves do not adequately address digital marketing - one of the most potent channels for target marketing to young people. Alcohol marketing, including advertising, sponsorship and other forms of promotion, increases the likelihood that adolescents will start to use alcohol, and to drink more if they are already using alcohol.
Due to the lack of effective regulations and legislation, young people are poorly protected from these sophisticated and powerful influences on their drinking behaviour and expectations. Alcohol Action Ireland recently made a submission to the Advertising Standards Association of Ireland’s Code review and proposed some practical and realistic measures to help reduce children’s exposure to alcohol marketing, both online and in the mainstream media.
February 11, 2014 - 434.8 KiB
Information on the Government's proposed Public Health (Alcohol) Bill.
January 21, 2014 - 373.5 KiB
The programme for Alcohol Action Ireland's 2013 Conference, Facing 'The Fear': Alcohol and Mental Health in Ireland.
November 14, 2013 - 243.8 KiB
Submission by Alcohol Action Ireland to the Public Consultation on Tourism Policy by the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport
Among the top six reasons listed by visitors for coming to Ireland in the most recent Failte Ireland tourism survey, alcohol did not feature in any way. 97% of holidaymakers visited Ireland for its friendly hospitable people and 91% for its beautiful scenery. Why then, with so much to offer, do we insist on thrusting a pint of Guinness into the hand of every notable dignitary that comes to visit?
November 12, 2013 - 293.1 KiB
Alcohol Action Ireland's Pre-Budget Submission 2014 calls for the introduction of minimum pricing. Minimum pricing has the potential to significantly reduce alcohol-related harm in Ireland, resulting in a reduction of the substantial costs incurred by the State and the number of lives lost due to alcohol in Ireland every year. It would effectively target those drinkers choosing the cheapest and strongest alcohol products, who would benefit most from a reduction in their consumption, while having little or no effect on low-risk drinkers. In conjunction with minimum pricing, a very modest "social responsibility" levy on the alcohol industry would make a significant contribution to funding activities and initiatives that would help to reduce the social and health harms caused by its products in Ireland.
September 23, 2013 - 704.6 KiB
Alcohol Action Ireland's submission to the Joint Committee On Transport And Communications On Alcohol Sponsorship Of Sports, which was considering the proposed ban on alcohol sponsorship of sports, aa set out in the Steering Group Report on the National Substance MIsuse Strategy, and its potential mipact on sporting organisations. Also included are the statements made to the Committee, during a hearing on the issue, by Alcohol Action Ireland board members Dr Bobby Smyth and Professor Joe Barry.
July 30, 2013 - 396.3 KiB
You may be surprised to learn that the more alcohol you drink, the more you increase your risk of developing a number of cancers. While there is no "no risk" level for drinking alcohol, by keeping within moderate limits you are reducing your risk. Information about the relationship between alcohol and cancer and tips to help you drink less are available in Alcohol Action Ireland’s leaflet "Reduce Your Drinking: Reduce Your Cancer Risk".
April 8, 2013 - 227.0 KiB
Presentation by Alcohol Action IReland CEO Fiona Ryan at "Reducing The Harm of Chronic Alcohol Issues: A Societal Response”, a joint seminar from Alcohol Action Ireland, the national charity for alcohol-related issues, and Depaul Ireland, a leading provider of low-threshold services to people who are homeless, or at risk of becoming homeless.
March 25, 2013 - 1.3 MiB