Alcohol Action Ireland was established in 2003 and is the national independent advocate for reducing alcohol harm.

We campaign for the burden of alcohol harm to be lifted from the individual, community and State, and have a strong track record in campaigning, advocacy, research and information provision.

Our work involves providing information on alcohol-related issues, creating awareness of alcohol-related harm and offering policy solutions with the potential to reduce that harm, with a particular emphasis on the implementation of the Public Health (Alcohol) Act.

Alcohol Action Ireland adheres to the World Health Organisation (WHO) guidance that “the alcohol industry has no role in the formulation of alcohol policies, which must be protected from distortion by commercial or vested interests”, and Health Service Executive (HSE) guidance that “there is an inherent conflict associated with the alcohol industry playing a role in providing public health advice”. We therefore do not work with the alcohol industry or its funded groups.

We support the I-Mark initiative which seeks to engage the charity, community and voluntary sectors in a conversation about why independence from alcohol industry influence matters.

Our Patron

Harm from alcohol has an enormous impact on Irish society. It has blighted the lives of multiple individuals and families leading to significant difficulties with emotions and relationships, physical and mental health. It puts considerable strain on our health, social care and justice systems with considerable resources needing to be deployed to address the harm.

Alcohol Action Ireland has been leading policy change in this area since 2003. The organisation has brought expertise, drive and commitment to its advocacy work
which has already led to considerable success in achieving legislative change around alcohol control.

I am now very pleased to become Alcohol Action Ireland Patron and I look forward to contributing to their strategic vision of an Ireland free from alcohol harm.

Professor Geoffrey Shannon
AAI Patron

Repro Free Tuesday 12th November 2019 Alcohol Action Ireland today (Tuesday 12 November) marked the introduction of the first measures of the Public Health (Alcohol) Act by hosting a Public Health symposium: David and Goliath – How can public health concerns sustain priority of government and win the battle against dominant vested interests? Pictured at the Mansion House, Dublin were. Picture Jason Clarke

Alcohol Action Ireland and Mental Health Ireland

In 2019 Alcohol Action Ireland and Mental Health Ireland signed a Memorandum of Understanding to build a closer relationship between the two organisations in areas of common interest. This partnership recognises the considerable overlap between alcohol harm and issues around mental health. By working together, AAI and MHI wish to extend and develop their work in influencing policy, its formation and public understanding on issues around alcohol harm and mental health.

Governance of Alcohol Action Ireland

The constitution of Alcohol Action Ireland sets out the main objects of the organisation. Our objectives are informed by the World Health Organisation’s  European Framework for Action on Alcohol 2022-2025

Legal Structure of Alcohol Action Ireland

Alcohol Action Ireland is a Company Limited by Guarantee. Company Number 378738

It is also a registered charity – Charity Registration Number 20052713.

The Board

Alcohol Action Ireland has a Board comprising not more than 12 members who provide oversight to its activities.

Strategic Plan

Our current work is shaped by our strategic plan – Leading Change. A Society Free from Alcohol Harm. Strategic Plan 2020-2024.

Charities Governance Code

Alcohol Action Ireland is fully compliant with the Charities Governance Code

Donors Charter

We comply with the Charities Regulator Guidelines on Fundraising. For more information see our Donor’s Charter


We have a procedure in relation to any possible complaints. If you would like to make a complaint, please refer to our complaint’s procedure