leading change: a society free from alcohol harm

About Us

Alcohol Action Ireland was established in 2003 and is the national charity for alcohol-related issues. We are an independent voice for advocacy and policy change, working to reduce levels of alcohol harm in Ireland and improve public health, safety and wellbeing.

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 act as secretariat to the Oireachtas Cross Party Group on Alcohol Harm and were founding members of the Alcohol Health Alliance Ireland.

 

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.

 

The constitution of Alcohol Action Ireland sets out the main objects of the organisation. Our objectives are informed by the WHO European Action Plan to reduce the harmful use of alcohol 2012-2020.

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