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Alcohol Action Ireland marks the separation of alcohol in stores

Alcohol Action Ireland, the national independent advocate for reducing alcohol harm, today (12th November) hosts a seminar titled ‘No Ordinary Product’ to mark the provisions of Section 22 of the Public Health Alcohol Act, 2018 coming into effect from 12th November 2020. The measures, now applying to the retail landscape, come after a two-year transition period had been extended to retailers to comply. Under the new law, which will be monitored by the HSE Environmental Health Officers, mixed trade retailers can store alcohol products in a... Full Story


Parental problem alcohol use and how children cope during their school years.

A national framework required to support children coping with parental problem alcohol Alcohol Action Ireland, the national independent advocate for reducing alcohol harm, today (3rd November) published a paper that considers the issue of parental problem alcohol use and how children, who are exposed to this Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE), cope during their school years. This paper is a collaboration between Alcohol Action Ireland and University College Cork’s School of Applied Psychology.     Parental problem alcohol use is a... Full Story


AHAI Open Letter marking the 2nd year of the Public Health Alcohol Act.

          It is now two years since the enactment of the Public Health Alcohol Act.  And while some aspects of the Act have been implemented, much remains to be done. Many important measures, crucial to the objective of reducing alcohol use in Ireland, such as Notice of Licence grant or renewal, Minimum unit pricing, Content of advertising, Labelling of alcohol products and a Broadcast watershed, have yet to be commenced by the Minister for Health, Stephen... Full Story


Just how widespread and pervasive is alcohol in children’s lives?

Over the past number of months, Alcohol Action Ireland (AAI) has contributed to a range of consultations[1], media articles[2], research initiatives[3] and other advocacy efforts in relation to children and the harm that alcohol causes in their lives.[4] This awareness raising and advocacy is part of AAI’s work to advance its strategic goal of a childhood free from alcohol-harm.[5] As we carry out this work, it becomes increasingly apparent just how widespread and pervasive alcohol is in children’s lives, how... Full Story


Alcohol Action welcome NO reduction in alcohol excise duties in Budget 2021; regret alcohol’s continued affordability.

Alcohol Action Ireland, the national independent advocate for reducing alcohol harm, today (13 Oct) welcome that Budget 2021 has not reduced alcohol excise duties and that the Ministers, guided by public health alcohol policy, have not acquiesced to the extensive lobbying of the alcohol industry, who had sought a 15% reduction, which would have stimulated greater alcohol use. We regret that the opportunity has not been taken to introduce a Cost-of-Living index to excise rates, as outlined in our Pre-Budget... Full Story


Placing restrictions now on alcohol sales is a prudent act

    Alcohol Action Ireland, the national independent advocate for reducing alcohol harm, today (7 Oct) notes the commentary emanating from government sources that restrictions are being considered on the sale of alcohol in the Off-Trade retail landscape. Since the beginning of the pandemic, Alcohol Action has consistently highlighted, to government, the difficulties arising throughout society because of the exceptional level of cheap alcohol pouring into people’s homes. In April, we reported 44% increase in sales, in May we highlighted... Full Story


Ireland can’t wait any longer for the North – it must lead.  

Public health demands commencement of minimum unit pricing must proceed.  Public health alcohol policy, framed by the Public Health Alcohol Act, enacted minimum pricing for alcohol products as a proven measure to reduce alcohol use especially amongst the most hazardous of drinkers. This establishes a floor price for all alcohol products beneath which they cannot be legally sold. However, after near 700 days it still remains to be implemented. This would ensure that the cheapest, strongest alcohol, carefully selected by... Full Story


Alcohol Action call for rational approach to alcohol excise duties in Pre-Budget submission

UK’s post Brexit ‘Internal Market Bill’ may limit Northern Ireland’s capacity to introduce Minimum pricing for alcohol products.   Alcohol Action Ireland, the independent advocate for reducing alcohol harm, has today (Thursday 17thSeptember) published its Pre-Budget submission in which it advises the Minister for Finance not to provide a stimulus to even greater alcohol consumption. Central to its submission, Alcohol Action, advises the Minister on three specific matters: The retention of existing excise duties on alcohol products and the introduction... Full Story


Alcohol Action Ireland welcomes the phased, safe re-opening of all pubs.

Alcohol Action Ireland, the independent advocate for reducing alcohol harm, has today (8th September) welcomed the decision by government to signal the phased, safe reopening of all pubs from 21st September. From the early days of the pandemic crisis, Alcohol Action Ireland have been voicing our concern about the level of alcohol pouring into peoples’ homes - the unfettered 'free-flowing' use of cheap alcohol, and highlighting the impact of such heightened behaviour to the already difficult lives of the 200,000 children who... Full Story


Alcohol Action releases new podcast episode in ‘The Alcohol File’ series.

Alcohol Action Ireland, the national independent advocate for reducing alcohol harm, today (31st August) releases its latest episode in its new podcast series ‘The Alcohol File’.   In this episode of ‘The Alcohol File’ – What is alcohol doing to our children? - we explore a number of issues relating to alcohol and children in Ireland.   In wide ranging panel discussion with Prof. Saoirse Nic Gabhainn, Health Promotion Research Centre, NUI Galway and Principal Investigator for the WHO’s Health Behaviour in... Full Story


Latest Reports

Alcohol Action Ireland Annual Accounts

Alcohol Action Ireland
Report and Financial Statements for the year ended
31 December 2018

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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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