leading change: a society free from alcohol harm

Alcohol Action Ireland marked the introduction of the first measures from the Public Health (Alcohol) Act by hosting a Public Health symposium

The event held at Dublin’s Mansion House was organised to highlight the strategies and approaches used by dominant vested interests across Europe who market unhealthy commodities such as alcohol, processed food and drink, and tobacco and exert influence to impede policy barriers and deflect attention from an ever-rising pandemic of non-communicable diseases and increasing health inequalities. Over the last ten years in Ireland, Alcohol Action Ireland has been to the fore in advancing the need for public policy to address... Full Story


AAI submission to WHO consultation published

The Global strategy to reduce the harmful use of alcohol, negotiated and agreed by WHO Member States in 2010 (Resolution WHA63.13), represents international consensus that reducing the harmful use of alcohol and its associated health and social burden is a public health priority. Paragraph 3.d of decision 72(11) at the World Health Assembly in May 2019 requests the WHO Director-General to “report to the Seventy-third World Health Assembly in 2020, through the Executive Board, on the implementation of WHO’s global... Full Story


Majority of alcohol harm in Ireland arises from low- and moderate-risk drinkers prone to binge drinking, study finds

The majority of alcohol consumption and related harms in the Irish population are accounted for by low- and moderate-risk drinkers, and specifically by those who engage in heavy episodic drinking, new research from the Health Research Board (HRB) has found. The study, Drinking patterns and the distribution of alcohol-related harms in Ireland: evidence for the prevention paradox, states that the majority of harms in the Irish population are not accounted for by dependent drinkers, but rather occur among drinkers who engage in... Full Story


New data shows that more than half of fire fatalities alcohol-related

Alcohol Action Ireland today welcomes new research from the Health Research Board (HRB) examining the circumstances around fire-related deaths between 2014 and 2016. The study found that there were 106 fire-related fatalities recorded in inquests. Alcohol features prominently with alcohol present on toxicology for 54 (51%) fatalities. Almost two thirds (64%) of those who were drinking had a blood alcohol concentration of more than three times the legal driving limit.  The HRB report is the first time that data in relation... Full Story


Alcohol Action Ireland and Mental Health Ireland are teaming up to tackle the harmful effects of alcohol on our mental health.

Alcohol Action Ireland and Mental Health Ireland are teaming up to tackle the harmful effects of alcohol on our mental health.   Recognising the connection between alcohol use and mental health, Alcohol Action Ireland and Mental Health Ireland have established a working partnership to develop policy that will target the damaging impact of alcohol on our mental health. Martin Rogan, CEO of Mental Health Ireland said, “This partnership recognises the considerable co-morbidity between alcohol harm and mental health challenges. “The... Full Story


Budget 2020: Alcohol Action Ireland regrets the extension of excise reliefs for microbreweries.

Budget 2020: Alcohol Action Ireland welcomes retention of rates on alcohol products excise duty; regrets the extension of excise reliefs for microbreweries.   Alcohol Action Ireland today (Tuesday 8th October) welcomed the decision by Mr Paschal Donohue TD, Minister for Finance, to retain the current rates of excise duty on alcohol products in Budget 2020. This is the 7th year in a row that excise duty has remained untouched in Budget considerations. As result, in real terms, and mindful of... Full Story


Alcohol Action Ireland encouraged by the latest findings from Scotland on the introduction of minimum pricing of alcohol products

Alcohol Action Ireland today (26th September) welcomed the findings published in the British Medical Journal that showed significant reductions in alcohol purchases since the introduction of minimum unit pricing (MUP) of alcohol products in Scotland.             The research examined the impact of the MUP policy on the amount and price of alcohol purchased in Scotland in the 34-week period immediately after implementation in May 2018. The observed reductions of up to 7.6% in alcohol purchases... Full Story


EU approval sought for commencement of Section 23 of Public Health Alcohol Act

Alcohol Action Ireland welcomes the move by the Minister for Health’s step to seek the approval of the EU Commission to regulate alcohol promotions.   This is a small, but significant step in reinforcing the principle that alcohol is not an ordinary commodity. These measures, when approved, and commenced (1st September 2020), will have an impact on off-trade sales ensuring that promotions of alcohol will be restricted, such as: two for one type offers, while more widely ensuring that the... Full Story


Alcohol Action Ireland publishes 2020 Pre-Budget submission

Alcohol sales levy could transform prevention and treatment activities. Main highlights demand: No reductions on alcohol excise duties and fix current rates to cost-of-living index Begin the process of reducing persistent subsidy to the alcohol industry Establish social responsible fund from levies on off-trade alcohol sales to: Establish an Annual ‘Youth Recreational Activities’ allowance. Invest in primary care psychology services Allow residential treatment health expenses qualify for tax relief at the higher 40% rate. Commence Minimum Unit Pricing immediately. Today... Full Story


An Open Letter: What is the relationship between Sport Ireland and Diageo? Liberty Fields campaign.

Mr. Kieran Mulvey, Chairman, Sport Ireland. Dear Mr Mulvey I am writing to you in relation to the recently launched Diageo campaign ‘Liberty Fields’ which is being promoted by the Guinness brand to highlight the determination of pioneering women to overcome great adversity to advance their participation in rugby. The endeavour of any campaign to advance women’s equal participation in sport is very important. In this respect, Sport Ireland efforts to encourage equal participation and advancement of women in sport... Full Story


Latest Reports

Alcohol Action Ireland Annual Accounts 2017

Audited accounts for the ending 31 December 2017

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Submission to TRIS Notification 2018/22/IRL

This is Alcohol Action Ireland's submission to the EU Commission's TRIS notification process: 2018/22/IRL, commenced to examine aspects of the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill, 2015.

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PreBudget Submission 2018

Pre Budget submission to the Department of Finance August 2018

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