Tue 30 Jun

Lowering alcohol excise duty would be counter to public health policy

Alcohol Action Ireland, the national independent advocate for reducing alcohol harm, has today (30 June) called on the government not to follow the calls to reduce alcohol excise and taxes.   The strategic objective of public health policy, since the...


Fri 19 Jun

AAI believes the Programme for Government offers real potential to reduce alcohol harm

• FF, FG & Greens renew commitment to Public Health Alcohol Act and Minimum Unit Pricing   Alcohol Action Ireland, the national independent advocate for reducing alcohol harm, has today (Friday 19th) welcomed the commitments to reducing alcohol harms, outlined...


Fri 19 Jun

Alcohol Action Ireland urge Men to rethink what they drink

Alcohol Action Ireland, the national independent advocate for reducing alcohol harm, today (Friday 19th) are the lead partner on Men’s Health Week 2020 and are urging all men, young and old, to take the opportunity to rethink their drinking and...

Alcohol Action Ireland Pre Budget Submission 2014

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.

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Submission To The Joint Committee On Transport And Communications On Alcohol Sponsorship Of Sports

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.

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Reduce Your Drinking: Reduce Your Cancer Risk

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".

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A Report on the Excess Burden of Cancer Among Men in the Republic of Ireland

The report provides a most valuable overview of the significant issues influencing male mortality and cancer risk. While genetic risk factors for developing cancer can be attributed to a proportion of cancer incidences across a number of cancer sites, lifestyle factors such as smoking, alcohol use, diet and obesity impact significantly upon cancer incidence and are considerably more important. This report makes a number of recommendations around alcohol in Ireland. A recent study on the burden of alcohol consumption on incidence of cancer in eight European countries reported that up to 10% of cancers in men and 3% of cancers in women may be attributed to alcohol consumption. In the Republic of Ireland, the most recent SLÁN data indicates that men are approximately twice as likely as women to report drinking over the weekly limit and to binge drink.

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The impact of the Alcohol Act on off-trade alcohol sales in Scotland

Researchers at NHS Health Scotland and the University of Glasgow found that the Alcohol etc. (Scotland) Act which included a ban on multi-buy promotions, was associated with a 4% drop in the amount of wine sold in Scotland's supermarkets and off-licences. In the year since the Act was introduced, there was a 2.6% decrease in the amount of alcohol sold per adult in Scotland.

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Children’s and young people’s exposure to alcohol advertising

This report from Ofcom sets out the findings of analysis examining trends in young people's exposure to television advertising of alcoholic products in the UK between 2007 and 2011. The analysis looks at trends among children aged 4-15 (including sub-groups of 4-9 and 10-15 year olds) and adults aged 16-24 (including the sub-group 16-17 year olds1). The report looks at how the amount of advertising seen by these demographic groups has changed and considers this in the context of changes in viewing habits and the volume of advertising shown on commercial television channels. The report shows that children in the UK saw an average of 3.7 alcohol adverts per week in 2010 and 3.2 in 2011, compared with 2.7 in 2000.

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