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.
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
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.
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